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The newly enacted Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides veterans, their families, and civilian base workers who spent more than 30 days at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have been diagnosed with kidney cancer the legal right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for financial compensation. The toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and kidney cancer have been linked by numerous scientific studies. Contact the Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. at (888) 348-2735 today for a free, no obligation initial consultation.
Is Exposure to Toxic Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune Linked to Kidney Cancer?
Yes, kidney cancer is one of the types of cancer with the strongest link to water contamination at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Public health studies, scientific studies and medical evidence have shown sufficient evidence to prove that exposure to toxic water contamination at Marine Corps military base Camp Lejeune caused health risks including significantly higher rates of kidney cancer and other adverse health outcomes among residents and employees of the military base.
In 2018, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a study titled “Morbidity Study of Former Marines, Employees, and Dependents Potentially Exposed to Contaminated Drinking Water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune.” The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a link between exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune and some cancers in former service men and women, their families, and civilian workers. The ATSDR study showed that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune was linked to increased risk for kidney cancer. Specifically, exposure to both TCE and PCE was associated with an increased risk for kidney cancer in both active duty Marines and civilian employees. Risk of kidney cancer and kidney disease increased with increasing levels of exposure to the contaminants for TCE and PCE.
Based on the ATSDR study and other numerous studies, V.A. has established a presumptive service connection for armed forces Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to harmful chemicals in the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight presumptive conditions:
Scientific evidence, medical experts, and recent research have also linked the following serious medical conditions and adverse health effect after exposure to water contaminants in Camp Lejeune’s water supply including:
The scientific studies, in addition to showing a high incidence of kidney cancer at Camp Lejeune, also provide strong evidence linking the effects of exposure to Camp Lejeune water contamination to other illnesses including renal cancer, liver cancer and liver disease, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Also, babies who experienced maternal exposure to hazardous chemicals in utero may also suffer from health issues such as miscarriages, birth defects and cardiac defects.
Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit
For decades, the victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination have suffered without recourse. They have been prevented from bringing civil lawsuits for financial compensation for the injuries and deaths caused by the tainted water. Previously, a North Carolina law known as the statute of repose block the victims from filing lawsuits. However, on August 10th, 2022 a new law was passed giving victims the right to file a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit and seek a settlement including financial compensation or a jury payout. Now Camp Lejeune victims can file civil tort claims for injuries related to water contamination.
What is Kidney Cancer?
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Kidney cancer is cancer that begins in the kidneys. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They’re located behind your abdominal organs, with one kidney on each side of your spine.In adults, renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer. Other less common types of kidney cancer can occur. Young children are more likely to develop a kind of kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor. The incidence of kidney cancer has been increasing. One of the main reasons for this could be the fact that imaging techniques such as computerized tomography (CT) scans are being used more often and are able to accidentally discovery more kidney cancers. Kidney cancer is often discovered at an early stage, when the cancer is small and confined to the kidney.
Kidney cancer usually doesn’t have signs or symptoms in its early stages. In time, signs and symptoms may develop, including:
Blood in your urine, which may appear pink, red or cola colored
Pain in your back or side that doesn’t go away
Loss of appetite
Unexplained weight loss
Hiring a Camp Lejeune Contamination Lawyer
The skilled injury lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. stand ready to help you assert your legal rights and pursue a claim for justice and financial compensation by filing a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer water contamination lawsuit. For years, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has set up roadblock after roadblock for those veterans and their families suffering from serious health conditions including kidney cancer due to their exposure to toxic chemicals in contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Recent investigations have found that the U.S. V.A. denied 89 percent of all disability claims and health benefits involving evidence of an association with the harmful chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. Now, those veterans whose claims whose claims have been denied as well as non-veterans, such as dependents and base workers, will finally be able to receive justice and financial compensation for their kidney cancer. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Marin and Barrett law firm stand ready to assist you in obtaining your United States military service records, medical records, and filing your kidney cancer water contamination lawsuit. From our offices in South Carolina, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, we are assisting Clients with Camp Lejeune water contamination claims nationwide. Call now to speak with a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney today at (888) 348-2735. There is a limited time period in which you may file a claim, don’t delay.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 and Kidney Cancer Claims
For the first time, service members, their families, and civilian workers are eligible to file a federal lawsuit seeking financial compensation for the harm caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. While those veterans diagnosed with kidney cancer had been previously eligible for V.A. disability benefits, they are now eligible for monetary compensation if they spent more than 30 days on the military base between 1953 and 1987.
The Act allow claimants to pursue legal action against the United States Government in the same way traditional personal injury claims are handled. Additionally, the Act would waives the North Carolina statute of limitations and statute of repose. These kidney cancer lawsuits will be consolidated in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Potential Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Settlement Amounts
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was passed as part of larger bill called the Honoring Our PACT Act which, among its provisions, the bill will help veterans and military personnel exposed to toxic burn pits used in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, used to incinerate environmental hazards and other refuse. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Honoring Our PACT Act – the most comprehensive ever passed for military veterans – will cost almost $300 billion over the next decade.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Camp Lejeune claims has projected $6 billion to settle these cases. However, the CBO is ill equipped to accurately measure the potential liability and value of claims in these cases. With over 900,000 individuals exposed to the toxic water contamination, it is difficult to even estimate the total number of claims that will be filed.
There is a wide range of kidney cancer lawsuit verdicts and settlement from around the country. Some of those kidney cancer claims are the result of workplace toxic exposure while others are medical malpractice claims for failure to properly diagnose kidney cancer. At this time, it is difficult to estimate Camp Lejeune kidney cancer settlement amount projections accurately.
Some prior kidney cancer verdicts and settlements from around the country include:
2018 – $6.8 million verdict – Jury verdict in failure to diagnose kidney cancer where a family sued a Doctor alleging that he chose not to refer the Plaintiff to a urologist for a complete workup, which would have led to a timely diagnosis of his kidney cancer.
2015 – $1.6 million verdict—The verdict was rendered against Delaware-based chemical company DuPont after concluding the company’s negligent dumping of C8 chemicals in the Ohio river caused the Plaintiff’s kidney cancer.
2008 – $8.0 million verdict—The Plaintiff worked as a seaman for Exxon Shipping Company (later renamed SeaRiver Maritime) for 15 years before he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He worked on several tankers which transported crude oil and a variety of chemicals. The air on these ships was contaminated with benzene. The 52-year-old Plaintiff ultimately had to have his kidney removed and was forced to retire early.
HISTORY OF WATER CONTAMINATION AT CAMP LEJEUNE NORTH CAROLINA
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s has indicated that past exposures from the 1950s through February 1985 to trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, and other toxic chemicals in the drinking water at the Camp Lejeune likely increased the risk of cancers, specifically kidney cancer, and other adverse health effects of residents, civilian workers, Marines and Naval personnel. Two water-distribution plants, Marine Corps Camp Lejeune’s Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace, that historically supplied finished water to the majority of family housing units at the Military Base and were contaminated with chemical solvents and unsafe levels of chemicals, including carcinogenic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which were leaking from underground storage tanks and nearby water treatment plants. The failure of the water treatment facilities to properly monitor, test, and ensure the safety of the drinking water lead to water contamination victims suffering serious adverse health effects and cancer after exposure, including the diagnosis of kidney cancer.
Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawyer
The Camp Lejeune kidney cancer attorneys at the Marin and Barrett Law Firm are legal advocates for Camp Lejeune veterans and others victims with injuries related to the contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. Call us today at (888) 348-2735. to schedule a free claim evaluation.
At Marin and Barrett, Inc., our toxic water contamination lawyers are well versed in the dangerous of exposure to TCE and PCE and the scientific linkage between exposure to dangerous chemicals like TCE and PCE and kidney cancer. We can provide legal advice and help those diagnosed with kidney cancer pursue a claim for compensation for their exposure to water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune that had been contaminated with TCE and PCE. Through a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit you will be able to recover financial compensation which can help pay your medical bills and other expenses you have incurred as a result of your kidney cancer diagnosis. Our water contamination attorneys can help victims of water contamination file a civil lawsuit for compensatory damages even if you have not filed for health care benefits or disability benefits.
Additionally, a question we are frequently asked is; can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who spent time at Camp Lejeune, was diagnosed with kidney cancer, and passed away years ago? Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, the answer is Yes you can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. If a loved one, whether it be your father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother, passed away after having been diagnosed with kidney cancer and spent more than 30 days at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible to file a kidney cancer wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. There is a strict statute of limitation to file a civil lawsuit so time is of the essence, don’t delay. Call Attorney Matthew Marin and the Marin and Barrett Legal Team for legal assistance filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or wrongful death claim today at (888) 348-2735.