Melissa A. Proudian, Attorney at Law
Request a FREE Consultation

559-554-1455

Contact Menu

Contaminated water tied to veterans' injuries and illnesses

Veterans may be eligible for disability benefits for conditions unrelated to war-related injuries. In fact, everyday hazards can pose a threat to veterans requiring long-term medical care.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last month that it plans to propose expanded disability compensation eligibility for veterans, including Reserve and National Guard personnel, who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base Camp from 1953 to 1987. It is preparing final regulations incorporating this expansion.

Industrial solvents contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and were associated with certain health conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that base drinking water contained perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, benzene and petroleum contaminants which leaked from storage tanks.

ATSDR also determined that the risk of certain health conditions was increased through prolonged exposure to these chemicals. The VA intends to propose a presumption of certain connection for kidney cancer, liver cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Scleroderma, Parkinson's Disease and Aplastic-Anemia/Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

The VA will grant disability benefits authorized under its current rules. Currently, veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 are eligible to receive VA healthcare for up to 15 health conditions.

The VA's present regulations do not allow benefit claims based on many of these presumptions. The VA nonetheless encourages veterans to file a disability claim if they believe they qualify for benefits due to this exposure. A denial of a claim under current regulations will be stayed until issuance of final rules adopting the presumptions.

Veterans' issues often require legal representation to assure that deserving veterans receive their right to care and compensation. Legal advice may help veterans navigate these rules and seek benefits for injuries obtained during military service.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "VA plans to propose expanded disability benefits eligibility for veterans exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune," accessed Jan. 4, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Schedule A Free Initial Consultation
with Melissa and her team

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Melissa A. Proudian, Attorney at Law
1500 W. Shaw Avenue, Suite 403
Fresno, CA 93711

Fresno Law Office Map

Review Us