Bladder Cancer Victim With Little Time To Live Intends To File A Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim
Sworn testimony may have to take place before Camp Lejeune cancer cases get to trial because plaintiffs may have only a short time left to live
Monday, March 13, 2023 - Several terminal health problems have been associated with Camp Lejeune, a US Marine Corps base in North Carolina, as a result of harmful substances being found in the base's drinking water. Bladder cancer is one of the health problems connected to this contamination, and numerous people who were exposed to the contaminated water while residing or working at Camp Lejeune have filed Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims in an attempt to receive compensation for their often terminal health problems. One recent Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim is being brought by US Marine Charles Hartfield who served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from June 1, 1977, to January 25, 1978, for drinking contaminated water. Hartfield has been diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer and is not expected to live more than a few months more. Hartfield has petitioned the court to take his sworn testimony before trial and to preserve it for his estate which intends to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit should he die, according to About Lawsuits.com. Bladder cancer is one illness that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has identified as being connected to Camp Lejeune's exposure to contaminated water. Veterans and their families may be qualified for VA disability compensation if they were exposed to contaminated water and later developed bladder cancer.
Camp Lejeune water is thought to have been contaminated between the 1950s and 1980s with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE), as well as other chemicals. The sources of the contamination are believed to be unlined toxic waste disposal sites, greasers and cleaners used to maintain military equipment and weapons, and also toxic residue from a local dry cleaning establishment. These substances have been determined by the International Agency For Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO) to cause cancer and have been connected to many illnesses, including bladder cancer. People who drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have also filed lawsuits under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act demanding lump-sum compensation from the government or from the businesses that caused the contamination, in addition to receiving VA benefits. In these actions, the defendants are accused of being negligent, reckless, careless, and engaging in reprehensible conduct for allowing water pollution to happen and inflicting the plaintiffs with terminal diseases as a result. Recent years have seen several cases brought against the Federal Government about Camp Lejeune water contamination causing bladder cancer and other health problems, some of which have led to significant settlements or verdicts for the victims. A federal judge, for instance, granted $244 million to a group of people in 2017 who contracted leukemia or other diseases as a result of the poisoning. The procedure can be difficult and drawn out, but it may be possible to receive compensation for harm caused by Camp Lejeune water contamination through VA benefits or legal action. Those who think they could be entitled to compensation should seek the advice of a Camp Lejeune wafter attorney to make sure all forms are filled out properly and submitted in a timely manner.