Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit

Between 1953 and 1987, the water at Camp Lejeune contained toxic chemicals that have since been linked to serious health conditions like kidney cancer.

Thanks to new laws, anyone who developed kidney cancer after being exposed to the contaminated water on base may now be eligible for compensation. However, you only have until August 2024 to file a claim.

Over the last 40+ years, Sokolove Law has helped thousands of veterans and their loved ones access justice and compensation for their injuries. Call us at (800) 995-1212 now for a free case review.

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Kidney Cancer Linked to Toxic 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.

Over 1 million military service members, civilian employees, and families were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Exposure to VOCs has been linked to multiple serious medical conditions, including kidney cancer.

In fact, one study found that U.S. Marines who served at Camp Lejeune from 1975 to 1985 had a 35% higher risk of kidney cancer than those stationed at Camp Pendleton, a military base that didn’t have contaminated water.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with kidney cancer as a result of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you may now be eligible for compensation from a lawsuit thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

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How the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Affects Kidney Cancer Victims

Signed into law in August 2022, the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act expands the benefits offered to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during military service, including those affected by the water at Camp Lejeune.

As part of the PACT Act, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows civilian workers, veterans, and their families to file a lawsuit for any injuries arising from the toxic water exposure on base.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act also provides veterans and their loved ones with more time to take legal action over injuries that occurred decades ago.

At Sokolove Law, we’re proud to work with Ed Bell, the champion of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

Who Can File Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuits?

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 (consecutively or over the years)
  • Has since been diagnosed with kidney cancer

Even if your loved one passed away decades ago, you may be eligible for compensation from a Camp Lejeune wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.

August 10, 2024 is the deadline or statute of limitations for filing Camp Lejeune lawsuits for kidney cancer and other conditions. Don’t miss your chance for compensation.

Not sure about your eligibility? See if you have a case for free — call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form now.

Steps to Filing a Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit

When you work with Sokolove Law, we strive to make filing a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

If you have a case, our Camp Lejeune kidney cancer attorneys can handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and recovery.

1. Contact Sokolove Law

At Sokolove Law, we can provide you with a free legal consultation to determine if you may be eligible to file a claim.

During your consultation, we will ask you questions about your story and listen to how the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has impacted you and your loved ones.

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2. Build Your Case

Our Camp Lejeune attorneys will work with you to gather important evidence and documents like medical bills, medical records, and military service records.

Not sure where to find these records? Our team can figure out what’s needed and help you find it when the time comes.

3. File a Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit

Filing a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit may seem complicated, but we can handle this portion for you. This way, you can focus on your health and healing.

As your case progresses, your lawyers and legal team will keep you updated and ensure that all paperwork is gathered and submitted on time before any deadlines.

4. Negotiate a Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Settlement

Your attorney may be able to negotiate a Camp Lejeune settlement with the defendant, so you can receive compensation without going to trial.

However, if a settlement isn’t reached, your case may go to court, where your attorney can present your case in front of a judge and jury for a verdict.

At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly or out-of-pocket costs. We only get paid if your case results in compensation.

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Determining Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Settlement Amounts

To settle Camp Lejeune claims, the Congressional Budget Office has projected spending over $6.1 Billion between 2022 and 2031.

Each case is unique, and there are numerous factors that can affect potential Camp Lejeune settlement amounts.

Camp Lejeune kidney cancer settlements may be influenced by:

  • The extent of immediate and long-term medical expenses
  • The pain and suffering experienced by the victim
  • The length of time spent at Camp Lejeune
  • Whether the victim died or had their life expectancy significantly shortened
  • Whether a loss of income or earning potential occurred as a result of the kidney cancer diagnosis

Our lawyers can fight to maximize your compensation from a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit. Call our team now at (800) 995-1212 to learn more.

Get Help Filing a Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer Lawsuit

If you or your loved one suffered an injury related to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you deserve justice — and Sokolove Law may be able to help.

Why choose Sokolove Law for your Camp Lejeune claim?

  • Over 40 years of experience
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  • No hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs

Our law firm is proud to work with Ed Bell, the man who championed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, and we are dedicated to working with veterans and their families across the United States.

Find out if you are eligible for a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit now. Call Sokolove Law at (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form for a free legal case review.

Camp Lejeune Kidney Cancer FAQs

Is kidney cancer part of the Camp Lejeune lawsuit?

Yes. The chemicals found in the water at Camp Lejeune have been linked to numerous illnesses, including kidney cancer.

You may be able to file a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit if you or a loved one developed kidney cancer after spending at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987.

Is kidney disease part of the Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Yes. A study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) found a link between the chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune and an increased risk of kidney disease.

Does kidney cancer qualify for Camp Lejeune VA benefits?

In many cases, yes. Kidney cancer is considered one of the Camp Lejeune presumptive conditions by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

This means if you served at Camp Lejeune and were diagnosed with kidney cancer, the VA recognizes your condition as being service-related. As a result, veterans with kidney cancer may 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 kidney cancer from the contaminated water.

In addition to receiving VA disability and health care benefits, qualifying individuals may also be eligible for additional compensation from a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer lawsuit.

Do you need a lawyer to file a Camp Lejeune kidney cancer case?

Working with a lawyer may improve your odds of receiving compensation. Camp Lejeune kidney 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.

What cancers and conditions are associated with Camp Lejeune water?

There are numerous health issues linked to the water at Camp Lejeune, including:

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 26, 2023

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