Spouse And Children Of Camp Lejeune Parkinson's Disease Victims May Now Apply For Additional Compensation
Parkinson's disease now gets special treatment under the Camp Lejeune Family Member Program
Thursday, November 23, 2023 - There is good news for even more families of the victims of Camp Lejeune water poisoning. Veterans of the Marine Corps and other military personnel and also those who worked on the base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and who have developed Parkinson's disease may now apply for special monetary compensation. Parkinson's News Today (PNT) is reporting " ... the spouse and children of qualified veterans with Parkinson's disease, or those with the disease themselves, are invited to apply for assistance under the Camp Lejeune Family Member Program (CLFMP) run by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Specifically, the invitation extends to veterans' family members and to military service personnel who potentially were exposed to contaminated drinking water while stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina, between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. They may be eligible for the reimbursement of healthcare costs associated with Parkinson's, and applications are being accepted. Parkinson's causes include environmental exposures to toxins and chemicals, and the disease was added to the "neurobehavioral effects" covered by CLFMP." Anyone wishing to apply for benefits under this program which is being hailed as a "historic act," should consult a Camp Lejeune water attorney to assess their unique situation and come up with an amount of money to apply for that is commensurate with their Parkinson's disease-related expenses. As stated above, to be eligible for the new program one must have spent time at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days from 1953 to 1987 and drank the water there. They must prove a Parkinson's diagnosis from an approved doctor. PNT tells readers " Family also must provide proof of residence during the qualifying period as well as of their relationship to the veteran. Such documents may include, but are not limited to, marriage or birth certificates, adoption papers, military orders, base housing records, utility bills, pay stubs, or tax forms."
The damages caused by Parkinson's disease include but are not limited to being unable to work at the job or profession one has chosen. The past, present, and future value of lost earnings should be calculated. Also, the cost of caring for a Parkinson's patient may include around-the-clock nursing care. A spouse of a child may have been forced to quit their job to take care of the Pakinson's patient or forced into early retirement at a substantially lower income. A new study has found that caring for a Parkinson's disease patient costs double the amount of previous estimates. A study titled "The Economic Burden of Parkinson's Disease", published by the Michael J. Fox Foundation with support from the Parkinson's Foundation, lists the updated costs of caring for Parkinson's disease patients. " The study divides the cost nearly evenly between those attributable to direct medical costs (such as hospitalizations and medication) versus non-medical costs (such as missed work, lost wages, forced early retirement and family caregiver time)," according to Parkinsons.org.