Posted in Personal Injury on November 30, 2022
For at least 34 years, members of the military and armed forces were exposed to dozens of toxic substances and volatile organic compounds because of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. These toxins have been connected to a variety of cancers, diseases and illnesses, including Parkinson’s Disease.
If you were exposed to the drinking water at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Learn the value of your case to avoid settling for less than you deserve from an insurance company.
What Cancers and Diseases Are Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
When the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) researched the water used for drinking, bathing and cooking at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, they discovered over 70 different toxic substances and compounds that could pose a threat to human health. So far, the ATSDR has connected the following diseases to the camp’s contaminated water:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility or miscarriage
- Heart defects
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral problems
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Renal toxicity
- Systemic sclerosis and scleroderma
If you have been diagnosed with any of these cancers or conditions and were exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days during the timeframe listed above, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your past and future medical costs, lost wages, and a variety of other expenses.
How Is the Value of Your Camp Lejeune Case Determined?
Determining the value of your Camp Lejeune water contamination case starts with assessing your related illness or disease and how much it has impacted your life. You may need a lawyer to help you go back years to find medical bills and expenses connected to a medical condition that has now been linked to the contaminated water.
Your lawyer can use forensic accountants and financial experts to estimate how much your medical care has and will continue to cost you. The same is true for past and future lost wages connected to your illness or a cancer diagnosis. You may also be entitled to pain and suffering damages in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. The amount of these noneconomic damages depends on the gravity of your illness and the effect that it has had on your life.
There is no such thing as an average settlement for Camp Lejeune water contamination claims. Some claimants have received $25,000 or less while others have received upward of $1 million. Many different factors can affect the value of your case. Find out how much you may be entitled to during a free case evaluation with a Texas Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer at the Law Offices of Maloney & Campolo.
What Compensation Is Available for Camp Lejeune Victims?
A successful Camp Lejeune water contamination claim or lawsuit could result in one or multiple at-fault parties being held financially responsible for a victim’s illness and related losses. The goal of a personal injury claim is for Camp Lejeune victims to become financially whole again by securing a settlement or judgment award from the defendant(s). The types of compensation that may be available for victims include:
- Medical bills and various health care costs
- Future or ongoing necessary medical care
- Costs connected to a permanent disability