Study Shows Link Between Camp Lejeune Contamination and Parkinson’s Disease
It is now generally accepted that those stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1087, who were exposed to the toxic contaminated water during that time, have been sickened by the toxins in that water.
It is so obvious, that the government recently changed the laws, allowing those who worked or were stationed at Camp Lejeune during that time frame, to sue for damages, if they have any number of qualifying conditions—although that’s really misleading because almost any condition or illness suffered by those who were at the camp, can reasonably be related to exposure to those toxins.
There are very few illnesses, disabilities, or conditions, that won’t qualify someone to recover for damages for the exposure.
But now science has spoken up, and proven an even stronger linkage between Parkinson’s disease, and the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
What is TCE?
Parkinson’s Disease is a disease that continues to confound experts; there is no known, exact, cause of Parkinson’s. However, many scientists believe that exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical known to be present at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1087, may be one known cause of Parkinson’s.
TCE was used as a cleaning agent, and still is today. It is found in many household products, like paint or cleaners. Although known to cause disease and to be toxic to people, and although the Environmental Protection Agency has already said that TCE poses an “unreasonable risk” to people, its widespread use up to the 1960s, and limited use even today, means that many believe it is still in or around our water supply.
We do know that up to 18% of all drinking water tested, has some traces of TCE in it, even today. But most people are sickened by TCE today, by drinking groundwater, which, admittedly, is not common nowadays.
However, what we did not understand when the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, was how TCE could seep into normal drinking water, when not properly stored or disposed of.
Link to Parkinsons
One researcher now believes that TCE exposure may be contributing to the worldwide increase in Parkinson’s diagnosis-and specifically, to all the service people who were at Camp Lejeune, getting Parkinsons.
A recent study looked at the link between Parkinson’s and TCE, specifically by looking at the health records of over 300,000 service members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune. These tests show that the TCE level at the time was 70 times higher than the allowable amount.
Researchers also found that the risk of Parkinson’s’ was 70% higher for those who were at Camp Lejeune, as compared with service people who were at other military base camps.
The government has made Parkinson’s a “presumptive condition,” meaning that those who have it, will be presumed to have been sickened by the Camp Lejeune water, so long as they were working or stationed at the camp from 1953-1987, for at least 30 days.
Call the Tennessee Camp Lejeune Justice Act Lawyer at Fox Farley Willis & Burnette, PLLC, today if you served or worked at Camp Lejeune. There is still time for you to get compensation from the government for your illness or disease.