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Parkinson's Disease Due to Toxic Exposure on Military Bases

Chemical exposure through drinking water can lead to a variety of chronic health conditions that worsen over time and require years of medical management.

It was in the 1980s that volatile organic compounds such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE), PFAS, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and perflurooctane sulfonate (PFOS), aromatic solvents such as benzene, and other organic compounds such as vinyl chloride were detected in groundwater at hundreds of military bases nationwide.

Six hundred and seventy-eight; this is the number of U.S. military installations with a known or suspected per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) release, according to the Environmental Working Group's updated analysis of Defense Department records.

Among the ever-expanding group of synthetic chemicals, PFOS and PFOA are the two most notorious members. These substances have been linked to several types of cancer, weakened childhood immunity, kidney and thyroid disease, and other serious health problems at fairly low doses.

PFOS and PFOA were traced to the firefighting foam that was used for decades at military facilities and contaminated potable water sources on the bases and in neighboring communities. The chemicals from firefighting foam stay and spread in the environment, and have become a major contributor to drinking water contamination across the nation. 

Veterans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals at Military Bases Risk Developing Parkinson’s 

Accumulating evidence suggests that long-term exposure to trichloroethylene may cause deficits in energy, mood, memory, attention, and psychomotor functioning. In addition, some research suggests that exposure to TCE is associated with a significantly increased risk of Parkinson's diseasea nervous system disorder that deteriorates a person’s ability to control their movement over time.

Parkinson’s disease can be difficult to initially detect as early symptoms are subtle and occur gradually. Unfortunately, no cure for Parkinson’s disease exists today, but treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms and maintain a good quality of life.

Researchers based their studies on previous findings, which show that exposure to environmental toxins may raise the risk of developing the disease by increasing the rate of oxidative stressan imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Oxidative stress plays an important role in the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons leading to neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease.

We Help Veterans Obtain Benefits Due to Environmental Exposure that Had a Devastating Impact on Their Health

Our team of experts has extensive knowledge of the current laws which allows us to position veteran's claims for success.

For example, Marine veteran Dean W. is a 71-year-old man who developed Parkinson's disease years after being stationed at Camp Lejeune. He spent 3 months at the base. Mr. Dean has tried to make claims for help before with the VA, but every claim was denied.

This story could be about anyone who was on that site between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. Parkinson's disease is just one of the illnesses associated with exposure to the military base’s poisoned wells. 

Following our assistance, Mr. Dean obtained disability benefits that had previously been denied. If you are a veteran who is having difficulty obtaining benefits, Atraxia Law may be able to help you.

From the 1950s to the mid-1980s, thousands of service members and their families were exposed to contaminated water on military installations. In order to qualify for presumptive disability benefits, you must:

  • be a veteran, reservist, or National Guard member who was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general);
  • have served on a targeted base, for at least 30 days (cumulative), between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987;
  • have a current disease on the list of presumptive conditions, such as Parkinson's disease.

Due to these requirements, it is critical for a veteran to consult with an experienced legal practitioner prior to seeking benefits. If you are a former member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, reach out to our legal experts for assistance with filing a VA toxic exposure disability claim for benefits.

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