Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

Between 1953 and 1987, over 1 million civilian workers, military service members, and their families were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune. Sadly, exposure has since been linked to a number of different health conditions, including bladder cancer.

If you or your loved one spent time on base and later developed bladder cancer, you may now qualify for compensation from a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuit — but you only have until August 2024.

Don’t miss your chance for justice. Call Sokolove Law now at (800) 995-1212.

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Bladder Cancer Linked to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

For over 30 years, dangerous chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contaminated the water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The toxic VOCs found in the water were benzene, PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), and vinyl chloride. Leaking storage tanks, spills, and waste disposal practices from on-base military operations and a dry-cleaning business nearby caused these chemicals to contaminate the water.

Exposure to PCE and TCE has been linked to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, in addition to other serious health concerns, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

If you or a loved one has bladder cancer or any other health problems as a result of contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune, you may now be able to seek financial compensation — but you only have a limited amount of time.

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What the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Means for Bladder Cancer Victims

As part of the larger Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act (PACT) Act, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a new law that allows civilian workers, veterans, and their families to seek compensation for health issues caused by the water contamination on base.

Prior to the law’s passage, victims of Camp Lejeune were unable to file legal claims for what happened to them, leaving many families struggling with the costs of care.

“I watched my dad suffer through countless surgeries and treatments that kept him from enjoying retirement. There was once a time when I believed that all families like ours were out of luck — but this legislation has the chance to make a huge impact. Many families are going to feel like they are being seen and heard for the first time.”
– Chris C., Son of a USMC Veteran with Bladder Cancer from Camp Lejeune

Thanks to the act, those who developed bladder cancer from their time at Camp Lejeune or their surviving loved ones may now be able to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Even if your loved one passed away from bladder cancer years ago, you may still be able to receive compensation today.

“I wish people knew how important it is to stand up and advocate for your loved ones — and that doing so is patriotic. My dad would be proud that the Camp Lejeune Act is a bipartisan bill and that it will help my mom, which is the only thing that ever mattered to him,” Chris said.

Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuit if you or your loved:

  • Resided or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987
  • Spent at least 30 days on base (in a row or over the years)
  • Was diagnosed with or passed away from bladder cancer

Know that you can file a claim for yourself, your family, and even loved ones who have passed away.

You only have until August 2024 to file a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer claim due to the statute of limitations, so you have to act now.

Not sure if you qualify? We can help determine your legal options — for free. Call (800) 995-1212 now or fill out our contact form to get started.

How to File a Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

1. Determine Your Eligibility

The first step to filing a lawsuit is to contact a law firm. At Sokolove Law, we offer free case reviews to help determine your eligibility to take legal action.

During a free case review, we’ll listen to what happened to you or your loved one — and answer any questions you may have about the legal process.

As of January 2023, we’ve already provided thousands of free case reviews to Camp Lejeune veterans and their families.

2. Collect Evidence for Your Case

To qualify for this lawsuit, you must be able to prove you spent at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 in addition to being diagnosed with a health condition from the contaminated water.

You may need to provide the following for your bladder cancer claim:

  • Medical bills, including for treatment and travel costs to doctors
  • Medical records
  • Military personnel or service records

If you are at all unsure about the documents that you need, your legal team can let you know what’s needed — and help you gather it when the time comes.

3. File Your Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

At Sokolove Law, your Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf before the August 2024 deadline.

Our team will also keep you posted on every step of the process and be available to answer any questions about the status of your case as it progresses.

4. Negotiate Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Settlements

Once your lawsuit is filed, your legal team will work to secure compensation on your behalf. This may involve negotiating with the defendant for a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer settlement.

If a settlement can’t be reached, your Camp Lejeune case may proceed to court, where your lawyer will present evidence before a judge and jury for a verdict result.

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Calculating Camp Lejeune Bladder Cancer Settlement Amounts

Each case is unique, and there are a number of factors that can affect how much a potential Camp Lejeune bladder cancer settlement could be worth.

According to the Congressional Budget Office estimates, settlements for Camp Lejeune cases could amount to over $6.1 Billion between 2022 and 2031.

Some factors that may affect Camp Lejeune settlement amounts include:

  • How long you lived at Camp Lejeune: The longer your exposure, the more severe the potential health effects
  • Cost of medical care: If a condition is more debilitating, the costs of treatment and care may add up to more over time
  • Earning potential: If you’re no longer able to work because of your health condition, the loss of income and earning potential over time may also be taken into account

When you work with Sokolove Law, your lawyers will fight for you every step of the way and work to maximize the potential compensation in your case.

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Camp Lejeune Water & Bladder Cancer FAQs

Can family members of deceased victims file Camp Lejeune bladder cancer claims?

Yes. Family members may be able to file Camp Lejeune wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one with bladder cancer — even if they died years or decades ago.

To be eligible, their loved one needs to have lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.

See if you have an eligible case now with a free case review.

How long do I have to file a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuit?

Victims of toxic water exposure on base now have until August 2024 to take legal action, thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

Don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve — get started on your claim now. Call Sokolove Law at (800) 995-1212.

Can I file a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuit on my own?

Working with a lawyer may improve your odds of receiving compensation. Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuits are filed in federal court, where it can help to have an experienced lawyer on your side who can protect and enforce your legal rights.

Is bladder cancer a Camp Lejeune presumptive condition?

Yes. Bladder cancer is one of the eight Camp Lejeune presumptive conditions recognized by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

This means it is recognized as an illness linked to the water at Camp Lejeune, so veterans with bladder cancer may also qualify for Camp Lejeune VA benefits.

Because of this, a veteran's family members may also qualify for health care benefits from the VA if they have bladder cancer from the contaminated water.

In addition to VA benefits, civilian workers, veterans, and their families may be eligible for additional compensation from a bladder cancer lawsuit.

Will filing a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuit affect VA benefits?

No. Filing a Camp Lejeune bladder cancer lawsuit will not affect health care or disability benefits from the VA. It can secure additional compensation beyond any awarded benefits.

What are symptoms of bladder cancer?

Symptoms of bladder cancer can include blood in urine, back pain, rapid weight loss, swollen feet, and difficulty urinating.

If you or your loved one spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you may want to consult a doctor about these symptoms.

What other health conditions are caused by Camp Lejeune water?

Health conditions potentially caused by exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune include:

Please note: This list is not exhaustive. Additional health conditions have also been linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination.

Call (800) 995-1212 now for help determining if you qualify to take legal action.

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Last modified: January 25, 2023

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