The Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina saw thousands of servicemembers and their families move in and off the base over multiple decades. Unfortunately, there were significant issues with water contamination at Camp Lejeune that have proven to have devastating medical consequences for both servicemembers and their families.
The federal government has recently moved forward with a program to help those struggling with medical consequences connect with medical coverage and disability benefits. Some people qualify for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Others have to bring direct claims for compensation.
Many people have developed deadly forms of cancer because of their exposure to known carcinogens through the water supply on the base. Do you qualify as someone with a tier one or tier two claim?
Different cancers lead to different claims
The more severe and deadly the cancer is, the greater the potential for significant financial compensation for the person diagnosed or their surviving family members. Those with a tier one claim will have the strongest case for significant compensation after a diagnosis related to the chemical contamination of the water supply at Camp Lejeune.
Currently, eight different kinds of cancers may qualify an individual for a tier one claim. These include bladder, breast, esophageal, kidney and liver cancer. Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma are also forms of cancer that might give someone a tier one claim.
Another six forms of Cancer and a serious disease could give someone grounds for a tier two claim. The disease is aplastic anemia. The cancers include brain, cervical, lung, ovarian and prostate cancer.
How do you bring a claim?
The first stage in a toxic contamination claim related to chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune involves securing documentation that affirms your diagnosis. The next step will be reviewing scientific and medical literature to authoritatively connect your condition to the chemical contamination that you experienced.
There may be compensation for medical losses and disability payments available to those who bring a successful claim. Benefits can help pay for treatment, replace lost wages and support family members if the cancer proves fatal or leave someone unable to work at all. Making sense of the complex rules that apply to Camp Lejeune claims can help those sickened because of contaminated water.