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Parkinson’s Disease Emerging as a Major Disease Related to the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP

The scientific data emerging from the studies done at the contaminated water sites at Camp Lejeune reveals that many of those exposed to the contaminated water contracted Parkinson’s Disease as well as a number of cancers including liver, bladder, and kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and aplastic anemia. 

The data is supported by the scores of those stationed at Camp Lejeune from the 1950’s until the 1980’s who have contacted our law firm for representation.  Their stories are tragic and the amount of suffering these patriotic families have suffered is incalculable.

One such study noted, ” TCE exposure is well documented from a major site of environmental contamination at the US Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. TCE was used at Camp Lejeune – and other military bases throughout the US – along with other solvents such as PCE, vinyl chloride, and benzene. Extensive historical reconstruction estimates two water treatment plants at the base, Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point, were contaminated with PCE (Tarawa Terrace) and TCE (Hadnot Point) over a 30 year period between the 1950s and 1980s, resulting in exposure to thousands of military service members, their families, and civilian employees on the base. Individuals who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune have increased risk for cancer, including liver, bladder, and kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and aplastic anemia.They also have increased risk for PD. In a retrospective cohort mortality study between civilian employees who worked at Camp Lejeune or Camp Pendleton, workers from Camp Lejeune had an elevated PD mortality hazard ratio (HR) of 3.13 (95% CI: 0.76, 12.81, N = 5) compared to age, sex, and race-matched individuals who lived and worked at another military base, Camp Pendleton.

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile, colorless liquid organic chemical. TCE does not occur naturally and is created by chemical synthesis. It is used primarily to make refrigerants and other hydrofluorocarbons and as a degreasing solvent for metal equipment. TCE is also used in some household products, such as cleaning wipes, aerosol cleaning products, tool cleaners, paint removers, spray adhesives, and carpet cleaners and spot removers. Commercial dry cleaners also use trichloroethylene as a spot remover. 

TCE was one of the main contaminants found in the water supply at Camp Lejeune leading to so many serious, sometimes fatal health complications. 

Our firm is proud to represent the patriotic Americans and their families who suffered because of the negligence at Camp Lejeune.  If you or a family member became sick and were stationed at Camp Lejeune, contact us today for a free consultation. 

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