Were you a resident, worker, or visitor at Camp Lejeune during August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987, who developed bladder cancer from exposure to contaminated water? Are you the surviving family member of someone was at Camp Lejeune and passed away from complications associated with bladder cancer? If so, our attorneys would like to advise you of your legal options under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
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 groundbreaking legislation was passed by Congress on August 2, 2022 as part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, also known as the PACT Act. On August 10, 2022, the PACT Act was officially signed into law by President Biden, giving Camp Lejeune water contamination victims and their loved ones the right to seek monetary damages, such as medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disability payments, and cost of mental health treatments.
The lawyers of DTLA are ready to assist you in a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer diagnosis claim. For more information regarding your rights and legal options, contact our law firm without delay.
About Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer is a disease that starts in the cells of the bladder, typically in the urothelial cells, which line the inside of the bladder. If it’s caught early, bladder cancer is treatable, so please see a doctor immediately if you notice:
- Frequent urination
- Pain during urination
- Persistent back pain
- Blood in your urine, which may give it a red or brown color
The main issue with bladder cancer is the high rate of reoccurrence, meaning it can come back time and time again even with successful treatment. Much of the cost associated with this form of cancer is the repeated checkups and tests to ensure that the cancer hasn’t returned. Additionally, the cancer may spread to other areas of your body, like the lymph nodes, liver, and lungs. When this happens, your doctor will need to use more aggressive treatments, which have a number of harmful side effects, including anemia, fertility issues, urinary and bladder problems, and increased risk of infections.
How was Bladder Cancer caused by Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune?
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune took place between the years of 1953 and 1987. During this time, several unsafe practices led to various toxic chemicals being released into the well water. These chemicals are as follows:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
- Vinyl Chloride
Military leadership knew these chemicals were coming from various sources, including leaking fuel tanks, improper disposing of industrial waste, and the usage of PCE and PERC chemicals by a local business. Unfortunately, they did nothing to fix these issues, even after repeated complaints of illness and fatalities associated with these toxins. One of these illnesses is bladder cancer, which many Camp Lejeune victims are still struggling with today.
I was stationed at Camp Lejeune and I have Bladder Cancer. What are the Steps I need to take?
First and foremost, you must speak to an attorney to verify your eligibility for a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. If you qualify for a lawsuit, your lawyer will file an injury or wrongful death claim on your behalf and help you negotiate a settlement. If a settlement with the federal government cannot be negotiated, you can seek compensation by filing a lawsuit.
The general requirements for a Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit are as follows:
- You must have been at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more during August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987.
- You’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals in the water supply. Or, your family member died prematurely from bladder cancer-related complications due to the contaminated water supply at the military base.
Please note that those who were dishonorably discharged, along with their families, will be ineligible for a claim. To find out more about the Camp Lejeune compensation process, please give us a call at our office.
Should I join a Class Action Lawsuit or Should I file my own Lawsuit?
Since so many people were exposed to toxic chemicals during their stay at Camp Lejeune, a class action lawsuit is likely. As for whether you should join one, that’s something you will need to discuss with an attorney. Both class action lawsuits and individual injury claims have their benefits, as well as their downsides. Our lawyers will go over each option with you during a private consultation and help you make the right choice for you and your loved ones.
How much is my Camp Lejeune Case Worth?
Since the PACT Act was passed, our lawyers have heard from many Camp Lejeune injury victims who are interested in finding out, “What is the average case value for a bladder cancer diagnosis Camp Lejeune lawsuit?”
The value of a personal injury or wrongful death claim varies on many factors that are unique to each client. These include the age of the patient and the severity of their injuries, as well as the impact of the diseases on their life. Injures, by the way, include emotional distress, which is very common among cancer patients. However, we can say that these are high value cases based on previous lawsuits involving chemical exposure and long-term health complications. These claims can bring in settlements of $150,000 to $750,000, perhaps even $1 million or more.
Our lawyers can help you determine the value of your losses and fight for the maximum payment you’re entitled to.
How long does it take to Settle these Cases?
If we look at these cases as a whole, it can take anywhere from a few months to several years to settle a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. We know how important it is to receive your funds in a timely manner, which is why our goal is settle your case in 6 to 8 months. However, there may be complexities in your case that can add to the lawsuit process. In that case, it may take over a year to settle your case and up to several years if your case goes to trial.
Is there a Time Period to File a Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or join a class action lawsuit is two years from the date that the PACT Act was signed. That gives you until August 24, 2024 to bring a legal action against the U.S. government, whether you are an injury victim or the loved one of someone that died from the effects of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. To ensure that your claim is filed on time, don’t delay in giving us a call at our office. The courts are very strict when it comes to statute of limitations, so if you miss the deadline of August 24, 2024, you are unlikely to qualify for an extension.
Where is the Lawsuit Filed?
This is another question we’ve been receiving quite frequently at our law firm, due to the fact that these cases involve a government entity rather than a private individual or company. Unlike the average personal injury case, all Camp Lejeune exposure to water contamination lawsuits must be filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. There are various procedures that must be followed when you’re suing the federal government. We can guide you through the entire process and make sure that you are compensated for the harm you’ve suffered.
Schedule a Free Case Review
Skilled legal representation is the key to ensuring victory in a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer diagnosis lawsuit. The lawyers of DTLA Law Group are ready to fight for your rights and bring you the settlement you deserve. With our many years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases against public entities, you can count on us to take immediate and aggressive action on your claim.
As a sign of our commitment to your case, we will defer all our expenses until you receive your settlement. That’s always been our policy under the Zero fee guarantee, meaning we don’t make a cent unless you do. To speak with one of our attorneys and get started on a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim, contact our office as soon as you can.