Maison Law is representing residents of California who experienced health issues such as Breast Cancer after drinking or coming into contact with toxic water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Contact us today if you or a loved one were diagnosed with breast cancer after exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water for a total of 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987.
Support for Camp Lejeune Breast Cancer Victims
Victims suffering harm after their exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune received good news when The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) was finally passed.
The act was signed into law on August 10, 2022, and removed legal obstacles for victims and their families hoping to seek compensation for their hardships. Victims who developed breast cancer and other cancers after coming in contact with Camp Lejeune’s chemically tainted water can finally ask the Department of Defense for financial support.
The families of victims who didn’t live long enough to seek justice for the harm they were subjected to can also file claims.
Breast Cancer as a Result of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Exposure
According to the Mayo Clinic, breast cancer forms when cells in the breast begin to grow abnormally. They can collect and form a lump. These cells can metastasize (spread) to the lymph nodes and to other parts of the body. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women. Cases in men are much rarer but are possible.
The CDC documents the harmful chemicals found in the Camp Lejeune water supply that may have led to an increased chance of breast cancer in anyone exposed. Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) were two of the most predominant chemicals detected in Camp Lejeune wells. At least one study has shown that contact with these chemicals could lead to the development of breast cancer in men and women.
Another CDC-backed study focused just on breast cancer cases in men that were exposed to TCE, PCE, and Vinyl Chloride in the water at Camp Lejeune. The limited findings did show a possible acceleration in the onset of male breast cancer.
For all victims, the treatment options can make for a difficult recovery. Women often undergo hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation.
A lumpectomy is the surgical removal of the mass in the breast. A mastectomy is the removal of the entire breast. Many men with breast cancer have to undergo complete removal of the breast because they have less breast tissue than women.
Evidence Required for Camp Lejeune Breast Cancer Victims
Camp Lejeune water contamination victims who have suffered from breast cancer will want to take the opportunity under the CLJA to seek damages. Compensation can be used to reimburse victims for their many years of accumulating medical bills. The emotional trauma victims and their families have endured should also be something considered in any breast cancer settlement.
To receive compensation, breast cancer victims must show proof 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.
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. They would need to show documentation and medical records for their deceased loved one.
Am I Eligible to Seek Benefits in a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit?
Somewhere around a million people may have been exposed to dangerous chemicals over a 35-year span at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. The potential victims include more than just Marine veterans and their families.
This is a list of some of the potential breast cancer victims allowed to seek Camp Lejeune toxic water settlement money from the U.S. government:
- Military veterans who served at Camp Lejeune.
- Service member families who lived on base.
- Non-military workers employed on the base.
- Individuals conceived and born after their mothers were exposed to these harmful chemicals.
- Caregivers/Guardians for Camp Lejeune victims who are unable to file a claim for themselves.
- Family members of Camp Lejeune tainted water victims who didn’t live long enough to secure benefits 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. This form also helps streamline the process if you want to discuss your case with a real California personal injury lawyer.
What Can I Earn Compensation for in a Camp Lejeune Breast Cancer Injury Claim?
Camp Lejeune water contamination victims should discuss their eligibility for benefits with a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There may be substantial compensation available to you and your family. You may also be able to secure financial support for yourself and your family over hardships you didn’t realize would factor into a settlement.
These factors and others will determine the amount you’ll see on a Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement check:
- Support for past medical expenses going as far back as necessary. Estimates for care needed in the years to come.
- Estimated future costs associated with a permanent physical disability resulting from breast cancer complications. Support for permanent disfigurement.
- Support for the chronic, physical pain breast cancer victims endure.
- Support for the emotional pain suffered over a difficult breast cancer recovery. Victims can suffer anxiety, fear, depression, and body-image issues.
- Loss of consortium. The loss of an intimate relationship with a spouse.
- Past and future lost wages and benefits while not being able to work.
Wrongful Death Benefits for the Families of Camp Lejeune Victims
Sadly, victims of Camp Lejeune water exposure may have died decades ago. That doesn’t prevent surviving family members from seeking justice on their behalf.
Among other things, family members may seek reimbursement for all past medical costs. Funeral costs would earn support through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. A wrongful death claim would also demand support to replace the income the deceased could’ve provided a spouse and children over the years.
Contact a California Camp Lejeune Breast Cancer Lawyer
Victims may have suffered toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, but now many of those affected live elsewhere. Many victims reside here in California in places like Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, San Diego, and in and around Camp Pendleton.
Those exposed to the hazards at Camp Lejeune who now live in California deserve a voice as the federal government reaches settlements with victims and their families. Maison Law has made itself available to represent California victims of breast cancer after time spent at Camp Lejeune. The families of victims who have tragically already died shouldn’t be left out of this historic effort to correct a wrong committed over multiple decades.