What Is Parkinson’s Disease? Presumptive Conditions For Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims
By now Americans across the United States have probably read, heard, or watched news or commercials about Camp Lejeune water contamination claims. Simply put, between the early 1950s and late 1980s, the United States government exposed veterans and their family members who were stationed and who lived at North Carolina Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to water that was contaminated with dangerous and hazardous toxic chemicals. As a result of the exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, veterans and their family members now suffer from a myriad of terrible diseases and illnesses that impact their everyday quality of life and ability to do their daily activities. In 2022, legislation to compensate veterans and their family members who suffer from certain illnesses due to living at Camp Lejeune and being exposed to the contaminated water there was signed into law by President Biden. Under the legislation, referred to as the PACT Act, veterans and their family members who suffer from certain medically diagnosed conditions and who meet other criteria can apply for benefits, including money compensation.
The Office of Veterans affairs has established certain illnesses and diseases related to the toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune that may qualify a veteran or their family member for relief under the new PACT Act legislation. One of those conditions is called Parkinson’s disease. But what is Parkinson’s disease and what are the symptoms?
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the brain that causes the body to make involuntary movements. Parkinson’s disease may cause a person to involuntarily shake, become stiff, and have trouble with their balance and coordination. The disease progresses and gets worse over time, and eventually some individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may progress to a point that talking and walking become difficult. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by four primary symptoms: tremors in the limbs, hands, jaw or head; muscle stiffness; trouble with balance and coordination; and slowing of the movement of the body. Importantly, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Help with A Camp Lejeune Claim in Houston
If you or a loved one lived or were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between the 1950s and late 1980s and you now suffer from a serious illness or disease as a result of exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you or your loved one may be entitled to monetary compensation under the new PACT Act legislation. If you are located in Houston, the skilled and experienced Houston mass tort lawyers at the Gilde Law Firm can help you determine whether you have a claim and next steps. The Gilde Law Firm offers a free and confidential consultation to learn about your time at Camp Lejeune and to see if they can help you get money due under the new laws. Contact the Gilde Law Firm today to get started speaking with an attorney about your case and to see if they can help fight for you.