Sick And Formerly Served At Camp Lejeune? Here’s What You Need To Know
It is no secret that the United States government exposed approximately one million American veterans and their family members to harmful toxins and contaminants at North Carolina Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. From the early 1950’s to the late 1980’s, the government now acknowledges that harmful chemicals, including trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, benzene, and vinyl chloride, were present in harmful levels in the drinking water used by Camp Lejeune veterans and their family members every day that they served at and lived on the base. It is also no secret that these chemicals are now known to cause life-threatening cancers and other disabling conditions that are now showing up in veterans and their family members who were stationed and lived at Camp Lejeune. There are now also recent laws in place to allow veterans and their family members who lived at Camp Lejeune and who have now developed certain severe health conditions to get compensation for their injuries.
With the number of claimants under the PACT ACT and Camp Lejeune Justice Act, the legislation signed into law that enable Camp Lejeune veterans and their family members to seek recovery for toxic water exposure injuries, increases, many veterans and their family members who lived at Camp Lejeune may wonder what they should do if they feel ill or sick. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry provide information regarding Camp Lejeune Toxic Water exposure, and what to do if you or a loved one suspects you have developed a serious health condition from your time spent at Camp Lejeune.
Toxic Water Contamination: No Special Tests, but Get Help Soon
According to the CDC, if you or a loved one lived at Camp Lejeune (at any time between the early 1950’s and late 1980’s), and you believe that you may have developed a health condition as a result, you should speak to your physician. The CDC encourages those who lived and served at Camp Lejeune and who may have been exposed to the toxic and contaminated water there to have regular medical check-ups, and to provide your doctor with the information regarding your time at Camp Lejeune. The CDC advises that there are currently no special tests that are recommended for exposure to the chemicals that were present in the water at Camp Lejeune. In sum, if you feel sick and you believe that it may be related to toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Legal Help for Camp Lejeune Victims in Houston
If you or a loved one served or lived at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between the years 1953 to 1987 and you were diagnosed with a serious medical condition as a result of toxic water exposure, you may be entitled to compensation under new laws. The experienced Houston mass tort lawyers at the Gilde Law Firm are here to help Camp Lejeune victims get compensation for their injuries, and offer a free and confidential consultation to evaluate your case. Contact the Gilde Law Firm today to speak to a lawyer about your Camp Lejeune case for free today.