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Neurobehavioral Performance Deficits Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

The healthy development and long-term function of the nervous system are governed by a wide range of physiological factors. Numerous chemicals can produce neurotoxic effects by directly and indirectly interfering with these processes.

Thousands of service members and their families stationed at the military bases were subjected to harmful chemicals such as industrial solvents and dry-cleaning chemicals that were found in the water.

There were local industrial spills, waste removal methods, and faulty underground storage tanks that contributed to this contamination. For example, the water systems at Marine Corps Base in Lejeune, NC, were contaminated with chemical compounds between 1957 and 1985.

There is suggestive evidence showing a connection between this contamination and neurobehavioral difficulties.

Neurobehavioral performance impairment refers to a group of behavioral and emotional problems that accompany brain diseases as well as traumatic and acquired brain injury. These behavioral challenges may also result from environmental exposures to physical and chemical agents.

Neurobehavioral difficulties involve two primary categories:

  • cognitive decline – memory loss, confusion, mood and personality changes, problems with planning and doing tasks in the right order;
  • neuropsychiatric disorders – neurasthenia (a collection of symptoms including lassitude, difficulty concentrating, irritability, headache, insomnia, and fatigue), emotional disturbance, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicidal tendency.

If you stationed in various Army, Air Force, and Navy bases throughout the country, either alone or with your family members, and have questions about eligibility for VA benefits, please contact Atraxia Law today.

Your initial consultation is free and you will not owe us any fees unless we recover financial compensation on your behalf.

Neurobehavioral Effects of Chronic Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals Present at Military Bases

The adverse effects of exposure to certain chemicals on the brain manifest themselves as neurobehavioral performance deficits (i.e., delayed recall and deficits in visual perception), decreased blink reflex, and mood effects (i.e., confusion, depression, and tension).

Toxic substances that have the ability to affect neurobehavioral performance, include:

  • PFAS – Perfluorinated compounds may increase the risk of attention disorders and impulsive behaviors.
  • Mercury  Where there has been exposure to high levels of mercury the clinical picture is characterized by erethism, a syndrome whose psychiatric symptoms include irritability, excitability, excessive shyness, depression, and anxiety.
  • Solvents (e.g. ethanol, acetone, tetrachloroethylene, toluene, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate) – exposure to solvents can result in depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, suicidal ideation, violence, behavior problems, personality changes, hallucinations, delusions, and academic problems. Most of the recent controlled studies indicated that even low-level exposures have a deleterious effect. One study found an increased incidence of schizophrenia in offsprings of parents who were dry cleaners and therefore exposed regularly to tetrachloroethylene - a synthetic chemical used as a metal cleaning and degreasing agent.
  • Lead – There is no question that high-dose exposure to lead causes psychiatric symptoms. Considerable evidence has linked childhood lead exposure, including prenatal exposure, to the development of behavioral problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, and delinquency.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition associated with exposure to the military base’s poisoned wells, we can help you receive financial compensation.

Affected Veterans Who Meet the Time-on-Station and Service Date Requirements Are Eligible for Compensation

If you were stationed at one of the targeted military bases and experience neurobehavioral performance deficits (i.e., delayed recall and deficits in visual perception), decreased blink reflex, and mood effects (i.e., confusion, depression, and tension), we strongly advise you to schedule a time to talk to a member of our team as you might have a claim for benefits.

The process of obtaining benefits is often difficult, with potential roadblocks popping up when you least expect them, which is why an experienced law firm can help you make the legal process as easy as possible.

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