Camp Lejeune: Kidney cancer claims

Camp Lejeune: Kidney cancer claims video

While kidney cancer is often the consequence of high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, and a family history of cancer, it can also be caused by toxic exposure on military bases such as Camp Lejeune. Between 1953 and 1987, there were numerous hazardous substances present in the drinking water at the military facility, including many industrial solvents. Exposure to these harmful chemicals has a strong association with kidney cancer. Two of the eight water distribution plants at Camp Lejeune were heavily contaminated with trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, two industrial solvents that have been correlated with a high risk of developing kidney cancer, during the last century. If you are a veteran or a civilian who lived at Camp Lejeune and now struggle with kidney cancer, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys.

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The prevalence of kidney cancer is higher in Camp Lejeune veterans

Kidney cancer

Toxic exposure at one of the largest military bases nationwide, Camp Lejeune, has been ongoing for decades. Ever since the establishment of the military facility, the drinking water has become contaminated with industrial solvents due to the presence of the dry-cleaning firm ABC One-Hour Cleaners near the site.

The company would improperly dispose of these chemicals, which would then infiltrate the water sources at Camp Lejeune.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report on the health impact of the contaminants found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The report concluded that Marines who had been stationed at Camp Lejeune had a 10% higher risk of dying from cancer than those who had spent time at Camp Pendleton, one of the hundreds of installations that are under investigation by state and federal authorities for potentially hazardous environmental contamination.

Veterans and civilians who spent time at Camp Lejeune have a 35% higher risk of developing kidney cancer

Kidney cancer

Both trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene are carcinogenic to humans. Exposure to the former has a definitive association with kidney cancer, while exposure to the latter was linked to kidney cancer by a study from the medical journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Once inside the body, trichloroethylene causes renal toxicity if present in great amounts, which is a risk factor for cancer.

According to a study from Anticancer Research, intermediate and high trichloroethylene exposure has a higher average mortality rate for kidney cancer. Trichloroethylene is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a kidney carcinogen, which speaks volumes about the potential of this solvent to cause kidney cancer.

In 2009, the National Research Council reviewed the scientific evidence on the association between renal toxicity and exposure to trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene at Camp Lejeune. The report included a thorough examination of both human and animal studies on the renal toxicity induced by exposure to the two solvents. According to the results, long-term exposure to trichloroethylene in mice leads to the following, which are associated with cancer:

  • molecular changes
  • kidney damage
  • cellular changes

Benzene is another solvent that lurked in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune and it also has a connection with kidney cancer. A study from Occupational Medicine found that kidney cancer risk increased with the duration of exposure to benzene and that men were more likely to develop this disease as a result of benzene exposure.

What former residents of Camp Lejeune who have kidney cancer need to know

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has acknowledged that toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune increases the risk of kidney cancer. If you or a family member has been affected by toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, you may be entitled to compensation for past, current, and future medical bills, lost wages, and loss of quality of life. Veterans exposed to toxic agents can also receive free healthcare from VA medical facilities.

The Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 applies to veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members who:

  • were stationed within the borders of the entirety of the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • had service between August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, for no less than 30 consecutive days

The legislative package covers eight presumptive service-connected diagnoses, including kidney cancer, for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits. It is important to note that, because the VA will presume that your cancer is related to your service, you will not need to prove that your illness is connected to your military service. To file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit, we encourage you to contact our attorneys. They will guide you through every step of the legal process, as it can become very complex depending on your particular case.

Quality legal assistance for Camp Lejeune toxic exposure victims struggling with kidney cancer

Whether you are a veteran or a civilian who spent at least 30 consecutive days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and were diagnosed with kidney cancer, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Still, even if you have kidney cancer, you might not meet the eligibility requirements, which is why it is essential that our skilled attorneys thoroughly review your documents before starting to work on your claim. To initiate the legal process as a veteran, you will have to send our legal team your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records stating your diagnosis.

As a family member or civilian who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune, you will need to provide us with your employment records or proof of your time spent at the military base and your medical records. If we deem you eligible for compensation, our resourceful attorneys will do all in their power to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case. If you were stationed on another military base and developed kidney cancer, please contact our law firm, as we may also be able to offer you the assistance you need.