Maison Law is representing residents of California who experienced health issues such as aplastic anemia and other bone marrow disorders after contact with toxic water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Contact us today if you or a loved one suffered aplastic anemia or any other health issue after exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water for a total of 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987.
Support for Camp Lejeune Victims with Aplastic Anemia
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) was signed into law in August of 2022. The act allows victims of Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water to file injury claims against the Department of Defense.
To receive compensation, victims suffering from aplastic anemia must show they served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days at any point between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. The 30 days of exposure do not have to have been on consecutive days.
Aplastic anemia patients must also have medical documentation of their diagnosis and invoices showing treatment costs. Veterans of the Marines and other branches of the U.S. Military would also need to provide service records. The families of victims who have tragically died from the effects of their time at Camp Lejeune can also seek financial support through the CLJA.
To begin investigating your eligibility, please visit our Camp Lejeune injury claim intake page. It’s an easy way to get a better idea if you qualify and it also helps streamline the process if you want to discuss your case with a California personal injury lawyer.
Aplastic Anemia as a Result of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Exposure
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines aplastic anemia as a type of bone marrow failure that can leave the marrow in the patient’s body unable to form new blood cells. This lack of new cells leaves victims vulnerable to bleeding and infection. Severe cases of aplastic anemic often involve the body’s immune system attacking its own tissue.
The CDC reports that at least one study has linked aplastic anemia to benzene exposure. Benzene is one of the chemicals detected in the water wells on Camp Lejeune. Two other chemicals detected in the water were trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE). Both substances have been linked to impaired immune system function.
Treatment Options for Camp Lejeune Aplastic Anemia Victims
Treatment plans for aplastic anemia can be challenging for patients as they often employ similar therapies used to treat cancers like leukemias and lymphomas.
Johns Hopkins medical experts detail several options for patients. Below are just a few of the intense and expensive therapies for aplastic anemia many Camp Lejeune victims have endured:
- Bone Marrow Transplants – The patient’s non-functioning bone marrow is destroyed with drugs and/or radiation. Healthy stem cells from a donor replace the patient’s non-functioning bone marrow. Side effects can include sterility and hair loss. Long-term recovery is possible.
- Blood Transfusion – New blood is delivered through a narrow tube in a patient’s blood vessel. A transfusion can quickly provide life-saving relief to patients but the recovery is usually only short-term.
- Drug Therapy – Some patients aren’t able to safely endure bone marrow transplants. Drugs that suppress the immune system can provide short-term relief for patients and restore some blood cell production.
Compensation Available for Camp Lejeune Aplastic Anemia Victims
The CLJA removes obstacles that previously kept Camp Lejeune toxic water victims from seeking financial support for the medical costs and emotional toll their illnesses have caused. Until now, victims and their families had to cover the costs of their care. This injustice occurred often while victims missed time at work and had to go deeply into debt in hopes of recovery.
Every hardship victims and their loved ones have endured for decades must be listed and documented when filing a Camp Lejeune tainted water injury claim. If you live in California, your local Camp Lejeune Justice Act Attorney will ensure that you don’t leave off any damage when you file your claim against the federal government. Your attorney will also include some factors you may not have known could earn you additional support.
These are just some of the damages that will determine the amount you’ll receive from the U.S. Government in a settlement check:
- Every medical cost for past aplastic anemia treatment and any future care expected.
- Compensation for the physical pain Camp Lejeune victims have been subjected to through their illness and the taxing bone marrow treatments involved.
- Compensation for the emotional trauma suffered by victims and their families. This can include a loss of enjoyment of life as patients have had to sit out on family activities and hobbies.
- Past and future lost wages and benefits.
- Wrongful death benefits. Families may file wrongful death claims against the government if a loved one’s life was taken by aplastic anemia or any other illness associated with Camp Lejeune’s dangerous water. This claim would secure money for all of the damages listed above that were suffered over the patient’s life. Support for the family in the years ahead should also be sought as they continue to face a future without the guidance and financial support of the deceased.
Frequently Asked Questions by Camp Lejeune Victims
Who is eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water injury claim?
Military veterans and their families who served or lived on Camp Lejeune. Civilian employees who worked on Camp Lejeune. Guardians for victims who are incapacitated. Families filing on behalf of a deceased loved one.
How long do I have to file a Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim?
Two years. Victims have up to two years to file a claim. The time limit began on the day the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed. It was signed into law on August 10, 2022.
Should I wait to explore my options in a Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claim?
No. Contact a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawyer as soon as possible to find out what your case may be worth. Your attorney will need time to gather military and medical documents to prepare a strong case for you.
Contact a California Camp Lejeune Justice Act Lawyer
Thousands of victims hurt by toxic water exposure during their time at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina now live in California. Victims and their families may have retired around Oceanside and Camp Pendleton or anywhere else across our state.
Maison Law has made itself available to represent California’s victims of cancers and other serious illnesses like aplastic anemia stemming from time served at Camp Lejeune. Maison Law is also available to assist families who have tragically lost a family member as a result of toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries from the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, you deserve to know if you and your family are eligible for compensation.