Maison Law is representing residents of California who experienced serious health issues such as bladder cancer after contact with contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Contact us today if you or a loved one developed cancer or any other health issue after exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water between 1953 and 1987.
Support for Camp Lejeune Victims with Bladder Cancer
In August of 2022, The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) was signed into law as part of the PACT Act. The CLJA makes it possible for victims of Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water to file injury claims against the federal government.
To secure compensation, victims suffering from bladder cancer must prove 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 continuous. Exposure time may have been built up over several visits or assignments.
Bladder cancer patients must also have medical documentation of their diagnosis and invoices showing treatment costs. The families of victims who have tragically died after time spent at Camp Lejeune can document the victim’s service and diagnosis and then also seek financial support.
Bladder Cancer as a Result of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Exposure
The bladder is a hollow organ that holds urine and helps expel it from the body. The American Cancer Society states that cancer starts when cells in the bladder grow out of control. A mass of these cells forms tumors and then can spread to other parts of the body.
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), also known as perchloroethylene, is a chemical used in dry cleaning and as a degreaser. It was detected in the water at Camp Lejeune and likely had been present for nearly 35 years. The CDC reports that research has shown strong links between PCE exposure and cases of bladder cancer.
Depending on the stage bladder cancer has reached, patients can turn to radiation therapy and chemotherapy or drug therapy to treat it. Surgery can be used to remove cancer cells, or in more invasive cancer cases, part of the bladder could be removed.
Cancerous tumors can be removed successfully, but bladder cancer patients often see cancer growth return down the road. It’s critical that bladder cancer victims receive regular testing.
Who Is Eligible to File a Bladder Cancer Claim Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?
When the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed, it opened the doors for many long-suffering victims to seek the compensation they have desperately needed.
It’s estimated that around a million people were exposed to water from toxic wells on Camp Lejeune, and not all of those victims were members of the Marine Corps.
This is a partial list of the individuals eligible under the CLJA to receive injury benefits:
- Military veterans from all branches who served at Camp Lejeune and their families who lived on base.
- Non-military employees and contractors working on base.
- Individuals conceived after their mothers were exposed to Camp Lejeune’s water supplies.
- Caregivers/Guardians for Camp Lejeune victims who are incapacitated and can’t file a claim for themselves. Guardianship would usually be granted to close family members.
- Family members of victims who lost their lives to health issues caused by exposure to toxic water on the Marine Corps Base.
These victims and others who developed cancer, including bladder cancer, now have the legal means to seek justice. The statute of limitations victims and their families have been granted to file for damages has been set at two years. The deadline countdown began on the day the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was signed into law, which was August 10, 2022.
Victims living in California should not delay in scheduling a free and confidential consultation with a skilled California Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Attorney. It’s a no-risk way to find out if your family is eligible for benefits from the U.S. Government and how much your case may be worth. It’s also a chance to have any questions you have answered by a legal professional.
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.
Compensation Available to Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Bladder Cancer Victims
When seeking justice, Camp Lejeune tainted water victims will be filing claims and listing every hardship their bladder cancer has caused them and their families.
Victims and their families should ask for both economic and non-economic damages in a CLJA water lawsuit. A skilled local attorney can help Camp Lejeune victims living in California make sure they leave nothing off.
These and other damages all factor into the amount victims and their families will see on a Camp Lejeune injury claim settlement check:
- Past, current, and future medical bills.
- Loss of earnings while unable to work while in recovery from bladder cancer. Lifetime support when cancer forced victims to give up their careers or military service.
- Support for the pain a victim endures during treatment for bladder cancers, including during surgery recovery and chemotherapy.
- Support for the emotional trauma cancer patients endure. The anxiety and depression that often go along with a difficult cancer treatment schedule.
- A loss of consortium (loss of intimacy with a partner).
- A loss of quality of life.
- Wrongful death benefits. Families of Camp Lejeune water victims should demand help with funeral costs and past medical bills. Close relatives would also be in line to receive additional help with the income and emotional support the deceased could no longer provide in the years to come.
Contact a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawyer Serving Victims in California
Thousands of victims of contaminated water live at Camp Lejeune or in nearby Jacksonville, NC. However, many now live here in California.
Maison Law has made itself available to represent and provide focused legal assistance to California’s victims of bladder cancer and other serious illnesses. Maison Law is also able to compassionately represent families who have been forced to grieve the loss of loved ones who served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries from water contamination in Camp Lejeune, you might be eligible for substantial compensation.