Birth defects are the most prominent and worst conditions of the Camp Lejeune water contamination incident. It is estimated that thousands of women who drank the toxic water and became pregnant had medical conditions. Their children were at four times higher risk of a birth injury or defect. Most often, newborns would have spina bifida.
The CDC says that during fetal gestation, fetuses are exposed to toxic water and therefore have an increased risk of childhood disease. Children born after the toxic water exposure often had leukemia and childhood cancers. They are also at risk of adult cancer. Mothers of these unborn fetuses also have a high risk of miscarriage. Women on base who drank the toxic water are also at a higher risk of infertility. The water contamination at Camp Lejeune has stolen and tainted the future of so many individuals through no fault of their own.
What other conditions can a person suffer?
Cancer is one of the most common risks associated with the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Since children who were exposed to the chemicals are at a higher risk of adult diseases, it is crucial to note which conditions you can suffer:
- Breast cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Aplastic Armenia
- Brain injury
- Neurological defects
- Neurobehavioral effects
Can children and unborn fetuses get compensation?
There is a provision within the Camp Lejeune Justice Act allowing those in-utero at the time of exposure to file a claim. Any fetus who came to term and was born can file a claim for exposure leading to injury. Most of those children are now adults and can file a claim without the assistance of the parent who was on base. The bill allows anyone, even those not yet born, to file a compensation claim.
What causes toxic water?
Over 70 chemicals and toxins were in the water at Camp Lejeune. The Trichloroethylene (TCE) from the Hadnot Point water treatment plant is a leading cause of congenital heart defects when the mother faces exposure to the chemical during pregnancy.
Another major contaminant is PCE, primarily in dry-cleaning products and degreasing elements. Both chemicals cause cancers after chronic exposure. Many Camp Lejeune residents were unaware of the toxic water. Those who did suffer an injury were met with disability claim denials and people telling them the cause was something unrelated to the water. The truth wins in the end, and you will now get the justice you deserve.
Many other chemicals and conditions not addressed within this text led to the lifelong conditions service members, their families, and on-base personnel have had to contend with. Now is your time to work with a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney to get the compensation for your hardship today.
Call a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney today
Once you can establish residency at Camp Lejeune during contamination, you can file a claim. The next step is to file a tort lawsuit against that federal government. Within the case, you allege that your injuries and medical conditions were due to exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune. There must be evidence that you have a medical condition that we can trace to your time in Camp Lejeune. It is still an uphill battle for victims, but we are nearing the end. You must act quickly as the general statute for these cases is two years. The statute of limitations makes it complex for some victims.
However, if you suffer an injury down the line due to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, you will have two years from the diagnosis date to file a claim. If you are unsure whether you can file a claim or not, you must meet with a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney immediately. Kwartler Manus, LLC is ready to take your case and get you the justice you deserve after years of suffering. You fought for us, and we will fight for you. Call our office today at (267) 214-8608 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.