As a rare health condition that occurs when the bone marrow cannot produce enough new blood cells for the body to work properly, aplastic anemia affects one to two people per million every year nationwide. Still, because the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with volatile organic compounds, exposure to which promotes the development of this disease, people who spent time there between 1953 and 1987 are more prone to being diagnosed with aplastic anemia. In fact, 1 in 100 veterans exposed to high benzene levels at Camp Lejeune will develop aplastic anemia, as exposure to this solvent is a major risk factor for this health condition.
The association between benzene exposure and bone marrow suppression has been recognized since 1897. Aplastic anemia can develop suddenly or over time, depending on how gradually the exposure occurred. Benzene was discovered in a well near the Hadnot Point fuel farm at Camp Lejeune in a concentration of 380 ppb when the safe exposure limit is only 1 ppb. According to medical studies, benzene exposure harms the bone marrow through the following mechanisms, eventually resulting in aplastic anemia:
Since aplastic anemia can lead to leukemia or myelodysplasia, it is typically treated by doctors specializing in cancer. If you lived at Camp Lejeune during the 34 years the drinking water was toxic and now struggle with aplastic anemia, we advise you to contact Atraxia Law, as we have over 35 years of experience in reviewing toxic exposure and personal injury claims. We will help you find out whether you qualify to file a claim and obtain financial compensation for your unjust suffering.
Whether you are a veteran or a family member of one, if you spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and drank contaminated water at the military base, which led to your aplastic anemia diagnosis, we encourage you to give us a call, as you might be entitled to compensation. The only documents we will request to evaluate your case are your military records or evidence of your stay at the military base and your medical records explaining the connection between your health condition and toxic water exposure. Eligible individuals will promptly be directed to a reputable, top-notch attorney to have their claims filed as soon as possible.
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