Exposure to water contamination may cause cancer, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For instance, exposure to toxic water may have caused cancer in many Marines and others stationed at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s to the 1980s. Today, many of these people are suffering from various cancers.
If you believe you or a loved one suffered cancer due to water contamination exposure, such as the exposure at Camp Lejeune, our personal injury attorneys can help. We can check whether you qualify for compensation and, if you do, we can collect that compensation for you. We’ll tell you more during a free consultation.
Common Contaminants Found in Drinking Water
Your or your loved one’s cancer may have been caused by a water contaminant. According to research conducted by the EPA, some sources of water contamination could include:
- Organic solvents
- Heavy metals
- Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and E. Coli from human or animal waste
- Naturally occurring arsenic
When any of these contaminants are found in drinking water, they could cause you to suffer adverse health effects.
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Health Effects Caused by Contaminated Drinking Water
If you were exposed to contaminated water, you could suffer serious health issues such as cancer. According to the EPA, you may also suffer from:
- Nervous system damage
- Organ damage
- Kidney failure
If someone else’s negligence was the reason you became sick, you may be able to take legal action against them. Through a claim or lawsuit, you could recover compensation to pay for any medical expenses.
What Cancers Are Associated With Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
One common example of water contamination linked to cancer is the situation at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s to the 1980s. During this period, many Marines and others who were stationed at the base were exposed to chemicals in the drinking and bathing water. These chemicals include:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
Today, many Marines, Veterans, civilian workers, residents, and their family members have been diagnosed with serious medical conditions that may be associated with exposure to toxic water. These conditions include various cancers. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), these cancers include:
- Multiple myeloma
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Kidney cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Cancer of the rectum
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Cancer of the oral cavity
- Liver cancer
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Breast cancer
- Cancer of the cervix
- Cancer of the soft tissue
However, it’s important to note that this study and other studies don’t necessarily provide definitive evidence that the cancers were caused by the chemical exposure. Still, if you believe your or your loved one’s cancer was caused by a water contaminant at Camp Lejeune or elsewhere, you may be able to collect compensation.
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What Compensation Can You Get for Exposure to Water Contamination?
The compensation you could recover depends on your particular situation. You may be able to get compensated through a claim and/or a lawsuit and recover such damages as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and lost income-earning ability
- Disability, pain and suffering, and other physical, mental, and emotional damages
If you have a Camp Lejeune case, you may be able to get benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You may also be able to file a lawsuit for additional damages. An attorney from our firm can explain your options for seeking compensation.
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How Can a Water Contamination Lawyer Help You?
Whether you were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune or somewhere else, our firm can help you seek compensation.
One of our lawyers can help you by:
- Checking whether and how you qualify for compensation
- Identifying all of your compensable damages
- Attributing monetary values to your non-economic damages, such as your physical pain, so you can claim them
- Determining whether it’s best to file a claim, a lawsuit, or both for your damages
- Collecting documentation proving your damages, such as your diagnosis and your prognosis
- Negotiating with the other party in your case for a fair resolution
- Appealing a claim denial
- Defending your case in court
Our team will look at all the details of your case to prove that contaminated water was the cause of your cancer.
Contact Us To Learn More About Our Water Contamination Lawyers
If you have any questions, connect with our firm. We can consult with you for free, answer all of your questions, and review your case with you. Regardless of what kind of water contamination case you have, we can help with it and collect your due compensation for you.
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