Compensation Can Be Sought for Multiple
Myeloma Camp Lejeune Cases
People in the military service sacrifice much to serve their country, but they should not have to sacrifice their health. Unfortunately, many of the brave Marines stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in the 1950s through the 1980s unknowingly did just that. As men and women trained and worked at Camp Lejeune, many were exposed to toxic water. And some developed multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that forms in the bone marrow and can lead to serious health complications.
Individuals can now seek compensation for their harms and losses from the government. We are helping hundreds of people seek compensation for the damages they have experienced due to their own personal fight with Camp Lejeune illnesses, such as multiple myeloma. And we are also helping people seek death benefits for loved ones who developed this cancer. We can help you, too.
The Background Story Behind Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Water treatment plants that provided water to Camp Lejeune were found to be contaminated with dangerously high levels of two toxic chemicals, Perchloroethylene (PCE) and Trichloroethylene (TCE). Traces of other VOCs (volatile organic compounds), such as vinyl chloride and benzene, were also detected in some of the drinking water sources at Camp Lejeune.
The Tarawa Terrace water treatment facility had 43x the EPA maximum safe level of PCE, and the Hadnot Point water treatment facility had 280x the EPA maximum safe level of TCE. The third plant, the Holcomb Boulevard plant, received periodic transfers of water from the Hadnot Point plant.
These water treatment facilities supplied water that was used on a daily basis by Marines and their family members, as well as by base employees, to drink, bathe, and wash dishes and clothes. As a result, many people developed serious health issues, such as multiple myeloma, believed to be caused by this exposure.
While we understand that you may not know exactly when or if you, or your loved one, were at Camp Lejeune or if you may have been exposed to the contaminated water, we encourage you to call us and share your story. We may be able to help you seek compensation. Call us at 1-866-900-7078 today.
The Water at Camp Lejeune Is Linked to Multiple Myeloma
The contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to multiple myeloma. In fact, the Veterans Administration (VA) has declared that there is a presumptive service connection between multiple myeloma (and seven other illnesses) and the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, and victims are likely eligible for VA disability benefits. If you have qualifying service at Camp Lejeune and a current diagnosis of multiple myeloma, you may be able to get disability compensation.
A presumptive service connection indicates that the VA presumes that multiple myeloma was caused by contaminated water for Camp Lejeune veterans who spent 30 days or more at the base between 1953 and 1987. This presumption remains even for those who have been exposed to others toxins, such as those found in tobacco.
We can start on your Camp Lejeune multiple myeloma water contamination claim today. Time is limited, so don’t delay in contacting us.
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma begins with one abnormal plasma cell in the bone marrow and multiplies rapidly. These cancerous cells build up quickly, crowd out healthy blood cells, and can cause anemia and damage to the kidneys and bones. The Mayo Clinic lists the following conditions as common symptoms of multiple myeloma:
- Bone pain, especially in the spine or chest
- Loss of appetite
- Mental fogginess or confusion
- Frequent infections
- Weight loss
- Weakness or numbness in legs
- Excessive thirst
Laws Dealing with Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Finally, you can seek compensation for the harms and losses you, or your loved one, have suffered due to multiple myeloma caused by the tainted water at the base. On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins (PACT) Act of 2022. This law contains a section (804) which allows the people who lived and worked at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps air station to seek compensation if they have multiple myeloma.
The PACT Act specifies that people who were exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more, between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, have limited time to submit their Camp Lejeune claims. And note that the 30 days don’t have to be consecutive either.
Call us today at 1-866-900-7078 so we can help you seek compensation. You don’t need any records or evidence in hand when you call. Just tell us your story.
Next Steps for Those Suffering From Multiple Myeloma
First things first, if you have multiple myeloma symptoms, please visit a doctor. If you are diagnosed with this cancer, you can file an administrative claim for compensation.
We advise all Camp Lejeune victims to enlist the aid of an experienced attorney who can listen to your story, collect supporting evidence, and file your claim – accurately and on time. If your claim is denied or the compensation offer is unsatisfactory, your attorney can file a lawsuit.
We can help you every step of the way. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Our Firm Has the Experience and Desire to Help Camp Lejeune Victims Suffering from Multiple Myeloma
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we are already helping hundreds of veterans, their family members, and base employees fight for compensation for diseases contracted at Camp Lejeune. The PACT Act states that all Camp Lejeune claims be filed in a specified time frame in the U.S. Eastern District Court of North Carolina, where our firm has multiple offices and an experienced litigation team at the ready.
In addition to wanting to help, history shows that our team has the experience to help. We fought the government on behalf of 18,000+ Black farmers in a historic civil rights case that resulted in a $1.25 billion settlement.3 And we are currently pursuing several other class action lawsuits against large entities, including 3M on behalf of veterans, the State of North Carolina, and Audible/Amazon.
What Are Projected Camp Lejeune Multiple Myeloma Settlement Amounts?
Every multiple myeloma claim has different conditions associated with it (such as the length of time since diagnosis, medical treatment expenses, costs associated with time away from work, pain and suffering, etc.), so each potential settlement amount will be different.
What Do I Owe if We Lose?
Since we work on a contingency fee, you will not owe us an attorney’s fee if we do not recover any compensation from the government for your multiple myeloma.2
Does Myeloma Show Up in a Blood Test?
Blood tests, as well as urine tests, bone tests, and biopsies, can be used to help diagnose multiple myeloma.