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Average Value of Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit

Average Value of Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit lawyer sue compensation

Did you or your loved one develop kidney cancer from being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows anyone who lived or worked at the base from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, for at least 30 days, exposed to the contaminated water and suffered injuries, to file a claim against the U.S. government. This law is part of the PACT Act (The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act), which President Biden signed into law on August 10, 2022. Effective as of that date, those who developed illnesses like kidney cancer from chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune may be eligible for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, disability benefits, pain and suffering, and cost of mental health counseling.

While the right to sue is long overdue for countless Camp Lejeune injury victims, these individuals need advice regarding their rights and legal options. Our lawyers are here to answer any questions you have, including “What is the value of my Camp Lejeune kidney cancer case?”

To speak with one of our attorneys during a free consultation, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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Kidney Cancer: A Brief Overview

Kidney cancer develops when there is an abnormal growth of cells in your kidneys, which causes them to grow out of control. Eventually, the overgrowth of cells may turn into a tumor, which can spread to your liver, lymph nodes, and many other parts of the body. As the cancer advances, you may start to notice symptoms, like constant fatigue, loss of appetite, red or brown colored urine, sudden weight loss, and pain in your upper abdomen (where the kidneys are located). Treatments are available to help manage your symptoms, so please see a doctor right away if you notice any of these signs.

However, there are many long-term health issues that you may struggle with, especially if the cancer comes back. Additionally, some side effects may not appear until years later, which can be physically and emotionally devastating for the patient. Long-term health complications from kidney cancer include: loss of taste, hearing loss, heart problems, nerve damage, osteoporosis, infertility, lung disease, and an increased risk for other types of cancer.

Kidney Cancer caused by Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

From the years of 1953 to 1987, the water supply at Camp Lejeune contained high levels of the following toxins: Trichloroethylene (TCE), Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC), benzene, and vinyl chloride. There were a number of unsafe practices that led to the release of these chemicals into the groundwater at Camp Lejeune. The U.S. military knew about these hazards and chose to do nothing about it. Even worse, they denied care and assistance to veterans, civilian workers, and family members that were harmed from ingesting these chemicals for an extended period of time.

This blatant negligence by military leadership led to countless diagnoses of kidney cancer and other serious health conditions. While kidney cancer can be caused by risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure, it can also develop from long-term exposure to toxic chemicals. For example, the majority of doctors and health organizations around the world agree that benzene and vinyl chloride are carcinogens, meaning they are capable of causing various forms of cancer.

Average Value of Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Claims

When we valuate a personal injury claim, we examine many elements that are unique to the client’s circumstances. Each kidney cancer case has different complications that affect the patient’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. These circumstances determine the types of damages we can ask for in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, which can include:

  • Cost of doctor’s visits, medical treatments, medications, etc. 
  • VA disability payments
  • Lost wages / income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of therapy and related mental health services

With these factors in mind, we can make some educated guesses based on prior verdicts for lawsuits involving kidney disease. Generally, we expect to see settlement values between $150,000 and $250,000 for moderate cases of kidney cancer. Depending on the level of financial and emotional losses, certain cases will have lower values, possibly in the $75,000 to $125,000 range. On the other hand, severe, late-stage cancer claims may be worth over $1 million.

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What are the Eligibility Requirements for these Lawsuits?

Under the PACT Act, there are specific conditions that you or your loved one must meet in order to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit:

  • You or your family member must have lived, worked, or stayed at Camp Lejeune military base for a minimum of 30 days during August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. 
  • You were diagnosed with kidney cancer, or your loved one died prematurely from complications related to kidney cancer.
  • You were not dishonorably discharged from the military, or the family member of a dishonorably discharged individual.

At this point, you may still be uncertain about your right to participate in the Camp Lejeune recovery process. To verify your eligibility and get started on a claim for damages, please take some time to speak with one of our attorneys.

How long will it take to get my Payment?

As we are just getting started with these cases, it’s hard to say what the average timeline will be to settle one of these claims. We may also run into issues that are beyond our control, like how long it takes for the appropriate federal agency to review your claim and send back a response. However, if we consider settlement times for mass lawsuits against government agencies, we believe that a good deal of these cases will be paid out in 6 to 8 months from the time you submit your claim. If there are more complicated issues that will necessitate a lawsuit, possibly a trial, it could take two years or longer to resolve your case.

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Is there a Time Limit to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Yes, there is a two-year deadline from the signing date of the PACT Act to file a lawsuit for injuries or wrongful death due to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. That gives you until August 10, 2024 to seek monetary damages from the U.S. government. It’s essential that you take immediate action on a claim, as the courts are very strict when it comes to statute of limitations. If you do not file your lawsuit within the two-year window, there is little to no chance that an extension will be granted. That means you will permanently lose your right to monetary compensation.

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For too many years, those who were injured by, developed a serious illness, or died from the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune were ignored by the U.S. military. With the passing of the PACT Act, these victims will finally achieve some form of justice, but there’s no denying that the lawsuit process is complicated with these cases.

Our attorneys have many years of experience in personal injury and class action lawsuits, so you can trust in our ability to recover the settlement you deserve. No matter how long it takes, we won’t give up until you are compensated for the harm you’ve suffered. Another promise we can make to you is our Zero fee guarantee, which means you pay nothing upfront to retain our law firm. The only way we get paid is by winning your case, and at that point, our fees are paid by the party you are suing.

All you have to do is reach out to us at our office and schedule a free consultation. We look forward to meeting you and fighting for your rights in a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit.

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