Aplastic anemia is a rare but serious blood disorder that can develop when the bone marrow does not produce enough new blood cells.
Basic biology tells us red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body while white blood cells help fight infection. Any disorder affecting either of these blood cells can be dangerous, so why is it appearing more and more in our veterans?
What causes Aplastic Anemia?
Aplastic anemia can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, such as those found in herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. Additionally, exposure to carcinogens like benzene, TCEs, and other toxic solvent chemicals can lead to this.
The disorder can also be caused by certain medications. Aplastic anemia can be a debilitating and potentially life-threatening condition.
Symptoms of Aplastic Anemia
Symptoms may include fatigue, shortness of breath, and easy bruising or bleeding. If you have aplastic anemia, you may be at increased risk for infections and bleeding.
There is no cure for aplastic anemia, but treatment can help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment may include blood transfusions, medications, or stem cell transplantation.
The prognosis for aplastic anemia depends on the underlying cause, the severity of the condition, and the response to treatment. With proper treatment, many people with aplastic anemia can live long and healthy lives. However, the condition can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
Camp LeJeune Contaminated Water and Aplastic Anemia
Veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while stationed at Camp Lejeune and now suffer from aplastic anemia may be eligible for VA health care and benefits, AND may now be able to file lawsuits against the government for their negligence with Camp LeJeune’s toxic water.
It’s worth repeating that family members of Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune may also be eligible for health care.
Camp LeJeune Lawsuits due to Aplastic Anemia
The Honoring Our PACT ACT of 2022 opens the door for lawsuits by those made sick by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, including civilians!
This act includes benefits to veterans and their families who have suffered from any of eight diseases:
- Aplastic anemia
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of these conditions, you may be able to file a claim for benefits. Our experienced VA-accredited attorneys can help you navigate the claims process and get the benefits you deserve.
Some of the toxic chemicals that were present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune have been linked to aplastic anemia. If you have aplastic anemia and were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you need to file now — time is of the essence.
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