Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Cancer of any kind is the rapid and uncontrolled reproduction of cells; in this case, white blood cells. When too many white blood cells are pumped into the bloodstream, the red blood cells cannot perform their function properly. This could result in bleeding, infections, and anemia (the lack of red blood cells). In addition to these symptoms, Leukemia can also invade the lymph nodes and cause them to swell, causing swelling, infections, and impair other organs from performing their respective functions.
If you are a Veteran who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, you can receive disability compensation if you can connect the cancer to your time in service. For Veterans who were stationed in Camp Lejeune during a specified timeframe, you are presumptively service connected for Leukemia. This means that if you receive a diagnosis of Leukemia and were stationed at Camp Lejeune, you do not need to prove that the cancer is connected to service.
The Connection Between Camp Lejeune and Leukemia
Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water at the base. The water at the base contained liquids with high toxicity levels, such as:
- Vinyl Chloride
These chemicals can lead to a variety of different physical illnesses, including leukemia.
Symptoms of Adult Leukemia
There are many different symptoms associated with leukemia. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Bone pain or tenderness
- Swollen lymph nodes, liver, or spleen
- Persistent fatigue or weakness
- Tiny red spots on your skin
Some Veterans diagnosed with leukemia can trace the origins of the cancer back to their time served in the military. The VA classifies leukemia as a disability under the Hemic and Lymphatic Systems. The disability rating for leukemia can be 100% under this system if the disease is active, or the patient is undergoing treatment. Leukemia can also be rated as either anemia or aplastic anemia, whichever benefits the Veteran more.
Although leukemia can be traced back to Camp Lejeune for some soldiers, Veterans could have been exposed to many other chemicals that led to leukemia.
Some other military activities necessitate exposure to radiation. Radiation exposure can lead to many forms of cancer, including leukemia. Exposure to radiation in active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training can all be connected to the origins of leukemia and would entitle the Veteran to a substantial claim with the VA.
Contact A Lawyer To Help You With a Lejeune Contaminated Water Claim
To summarize, adult leukemia can be caused by some activities you participated in during your service in the military. Several things in the military can, and do, lead to leukemia, like exposure to toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. This exposure can lay dormant in your body for years and strike later in life. If any event from military service cause leukemia, you can be entitled compensation from the VA.
If you already have filed a claim for leukemia and been denied, you still have options. We can help you appeal the VA’s decision and ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. Call us today at (888) 883-2483.