Did You or a Loved One Suffer Liver Cancer Due to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
If you or a loved one were stationed, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and suffered from liver cancer, contaminated water may have been the cause. Now you may be eligible for compensation and health care benefits. Toxic substances in the water at Camp Lejeune have been linked to liver cancer.
If you or a loved one spent 30 days or more at Camp Lejeune during that timeframe and developed liver cancer, it is considered a “presumptive condition.” In other words, the Veterans Administration (VA) presumes the condition could reasonably arise from exposure to Camp Lejeune water contamination regardless of other risk factors and circumstances.
Where did it all come from?
Treatment Facilities Supplied Contaminated Water to Service Members, Families, and Civilian Workers
For more than three decades, those who trained, lived, and worked at Camp Lejeune were bathing in and drinking water supplied by two treatment facilities. The water contained toxic substances, including large amounts of Perchloroethylene (PCE) and Trichloroethylene (TCE), as well as benzyne and vinyl chloride.
Scientific evidence suggests that chemicals and volatile organic compounds such as these are associated with a significant increase in risk of certain cancers, including liver cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and more. In other words, the water at Camp Lejeune was, by itself, a serious risk factor for deadly illnesses.
Landmark Study Links Liver Cancer to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
Liver cancer was one of the 16 diseases directly linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune by a landmark study from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which compiled and analyzed the results of numerous studies from independent researchers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) among others.
The perpetrator of the increased risk of liver cancer is vinyl chloride. Any type of primary liver cancer is uncommon. This was part of the justification for adding it as a presumptive disease.
According to scientific evidence gathered by the ATSDR, there is “sufficient evidence for causation for vinyl chloride and hepatocellular carcinoma as well as angiosarcoma of the liver.” In other words, exposure to vinyl chloride – another contaminant in the water at Camp Lejeune – is linked to liver cancer and diseases of the liver. The evidence caused liver cancer to be added to the presumptive conditions list for Camp Lejeune.
Symptoms of Liver Cancer and Diseases of the Liver
The symptoms of liver cancer typically do not occur in the early stages. People may have liver cancer and not know it until the symptoms appear and the disease is already advanced. The more advanced the cancer, the more debilitating the symptoms become. These include:
- Unexpected weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Abdominal swelling
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Jaundice (yellow discoloring of the skin)
- Pale stools
- Cancerous tumors in other parts of the body (if liver cancer spreads)
If you, your family members, or someone you love spent time at Camp Lejeune and are experiencing symptoms of or have been diagnosed with liver cancer or a liver disease, call us immediately at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. You may not know if your loved one spent time at Camp Lejeune. If your loved one was in the Marines and was later diagnosed with liver cancer, contact us. We may be able to help.
Metastasis: Cancer That Spreads
The more advanced cancer becomes, the greater the risk of it metastasizing – spreading to other areas of the body. Cancer mortality rates are high for those with metastatic cancer – approximately two-thirds of cancer death from solid tumors were registered with metastases as a contributing cause of death.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act and the Fight for Compensation
The service members, veterans, families, and workers at Camp Lejeune were prevented from seeking compensation for many years. The recently passed Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act contained several provisions, one of which was the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
Thanks to the act, individuals in the armed forces and their families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, along with employees exposed to contaminated water at the camp, are now able to seek compensation for the illnesses they’ve suffered, including liver cancer.
If you or a loved one spent more than 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and have been diagnosed with liver cancer or liver disease, you may be entitled to compensation.
Filing a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
The window to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is open, but there are rules established for doing so.
1) There is a deadline. Do not hesitate to act. The window to file claims will not remain open forever. If you’re reading this and have not yet filed, contact us immediately.
2) All Camp Lejeune water contamination claims must be filed in the U.S. Eastern District Court of North Carolina.
3) Any attorney representing a claimant must either be licensed to practice law in N.C. or sponsored by an attorney who is.
Our law firm has multiple offices in the Eastern District and experienced N.C. trial attorneys ready to help victims suffering from liver cancer. Our attorneys and staff have the resources and experience to fight for victims of Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water.
How We Can Help Those Who Suffered Liver Cancer From Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Our lawyers are now filing claims on behalf of veterans, service members, families, and workers seeking compensation for liver cancer and other liver diseases caused by Camp Lejeune water contamination. Even if you don’t know the exact cause of your liver cancer or if you have other risk factors, contact us.
If you or a loved one spent time at Camp Lejeune and were exposed to toxic chemicals in its contaminated drinking water, we may be able to help you by:
- Explaining the claims process and ensuring compliance with timelines and procedures
- Building a claim backed by facts, medical records, and evidence
- Filing your claim in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- Representing you in court, if needed
Remember: it does not matter if you’ve received prior VA benefits or other disability benefits due to your diagnosed liver cancer. What matters is that you were exposed to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water during the legally established timeframe. Even if you’re not sure you or a loved one were stationed at Camp Lejeune or for how long, give us a call for a free case evaluation.
We’ve successfully fought the government before – on behalf of Black farmers in one of the largest civil rights cases in U.S. history3 – and we are currently fighting 3M for veterans suffering from hearing loss in one of the largest multi-district litigations in U.S. history.
FAQs About Liver Cancer and Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water
How Much Compensation Can I Expect in a Camp Lejeune Liver Cancer Lawsuit?
Cancer and other illnesses affect different people in different ways. Because every case is different, the possible compensation offered by the government can differ as well. Our experienced attorneys will consider the following types of factors when calculating potential damages for your claim of liver cancer or liver disease caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune:
- Medical expenses incurred
- Medical treatment needed
- Possible disability benefits
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of financial support due to the death of a family member
What Is the Difference Between a Camp Lejeune Liver Cancer Claim and a Lawsuit?
If you are seeking compensation for liver cancer that you believe was contracted due to Camp Lejeune’s water contamination, you must begin by filing an administrative claim for compensation (or an attorney can do it for you). If your claim is denied or you think the offer is unfair, the next step in seeking compensation is filing a Camp Lejeune liver cancer lawsuit. Our personal injury lawyers can help you every step of the way.
Can I Bring a Camp Lejeune Claim for Liver Cancer on Behalf of a Loved One?
Yes, you can bring a claim on behalf of a loved one. Due to the amount of time that has passed, we suspect many may have already succumbed to illnesses cause by Camp Lejeune water. That does not bar the families of these victims from seeking compensation on their behalf. If you have lost a loved one to liver cancer you suspect may have been caused by contaminated water, call us at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.