The United States Navy and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced they will be creating a new process to fast-track claims from veterans and their families who were sickened by exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The new process, when it is put into place, will give certain people much faster access to settlement payouts for certain diseases. It is estimated that this could help tens of thousands of victims suffering from severe or chronic medical issues due to water contamination at the infamous Navy base.
Veterans and their families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune are about 70% more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease compared to the general population, according to a recent study. This study attributes the high rate of the disease among victims of Camp Lejeune to potential exposure to trichloroethylene, a chemical commonly used in certain industrial processes. This means that veterans who suffer from Parkinson’s may be able to seek disability benefits as a result of their condition.