Though often symptomless, hepatic steatosis can cause severe and fatal liver conditions, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. If you have hepatic steatosis from Camp Lejeune contaminated water, an attorney with Van Law can help you seek compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, and more.
You deserve justice for your illness, and our lawyers will fight to get it. We will ensure you and your loved ones do not suffer financially simply because you drank the water in your home or workplace.
Who Qualifies for Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Compensation?
On Aug. 10, 2022, Congress passed the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 (S. 3373), better known as the PACT Act. This legislation includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which allows those harmed by Camp Lejeune water contamination to seek damages via a lawsuit.
Legal action is open to all those who:
- Served, lived, or worked on base for 30 or more cumulative days from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987 (including those in-utero)
- Suffer from an illness caused by contaminated water exposure
Our lawyers can help qualifying plaintiffs file suit in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. You have until Aug. 10, 2024 (two years from the passage of the PACT Act) or 180 days from receiving a denial of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to pursue your case.
Failure to seek compensation within this deadline may leave you with no options for financial recovery. Act before time runs out.
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Damages Available in a Camp Lejeune Hepatic Steatosis Lawsuit
Van law can help you identify and seek compensation for economic and noneconomic losses caused by hepatic steatosis from Camp Lejeune contaminated water. Damages you can recover in a lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses. We can recover previous and current out-of-pocket medical expenses related to your illness and the cost of your expected future medical needs. Awards may include compensation for emergency treatment, biopsies, ultrasounds, other diagnostic testing, hospitalizations, prescription medications, treatment for worsening and severe liver conditions, and preventative care.
- Lost income. We can recover any wages, earnings, or benefits lost because of your hepatic steatosis and related liver conditions. We can also pursue compensation for the loss of your earring capacity if your condition prevents you from performing your job or causes you to reduce your workload.
- Pain and suffering. We can seek awards for your physical pain, mental anguish, emotional suffering, and lost quality of life.
- Wrongful death. If your loved one died from a fatal liver condition caused by hepatic steatosis, we can seek compensation for their wrongful death. Damages may include medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, and noneconomic damages.
You May Be Entitled to VA Benefits
Servicemembers and their loved ones with a presumptive Camp Lejeune condition may also qualify for medical benefits through VA. Additionally, veterans can seek disability benefits. Our attorneys can help you file your VA claims, appeal denied benefits, or pursue a lawsuit if you have hepatic steatosis or one of the 14 other presumptive conditions, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Breast cancer
- Female infertility
- Renal toxicity
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Esophageal cancer
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
We can also assist with conditions not listed above. If you or a loved one suffer from a severe or chronic illness and you were on the base during the contamination period, our attorneys can help you explore your legal options.
How Much Is Your Claim Worth?
The U.S. Congressional Budget Office expects the government will pay more than $6 billion in Camp Lejeune claims. However, the value of your case will depend on factors unique to you, including the severity of your illness and the extent of your medical treatment.
Van Law has won more than $150 million in settlements and verdicts for personal injury clients. We will work tirelessly to secure the maximum compensation available in your case. We can help you learn more about the damages owed to you during a free consultation.
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Van Law Can Help With Your Camp Lejeune Case
Our lawyers can handle every detail of your Camp Lejeune hepatic steatosis lawsuit from start to finish. You focus on your health and your family while we do the work needed to build your case and connect your condition to on-base contaminated water exposure. Van law will:
- Draft and file your lawsuit within the allotted time limit
- Prove you served, worked, or resided at Camp Lejeune from August 1953 to December 1987
- Obtain your medical records
- Provide scientific and medical evidence linking hepatic steatosis with substances found in the water at Camp Lejeune
- Consult with medical professionals and scientific experts
- Locate and interview friends, family, and coworkers who can attest to your time on base and testify regarding how your condition affects your life
- Identify all of your damages
- Obtain medical bills, insurance statements, wage records, receipts, and other proof of your losses
- Negotiate for the most advantageous settlement possible or take your case to trial if necessary
How Is Hepatic Steatosis Connected to Camp Lejeune Water Exposure?
VA reports that several dangerous compounds, including vinyl chloride, benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), and perchloroethylene (PCE), were present in two on-base water wells at Camp Lejeune. According to the journal Hepatology, exposure to vinyl chloride is linked to hepatic steatosis, also known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, many people with hepatic steatosis do not experience any symptoms or adverse health effects. However, in 7 to 30 percent of patients, hepatic stenosis can cause liver inflammation and scarring, leading to cirrhosis, severe liver damage, and liver cancer.
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If you or a loved one suffer from side effects of hepatic steatosis from Camp Lejeune contaminated water, you have a right to justice. The attorneys and legal team at Van Law can help with every detail of your case. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation. We represent clients on contingency.
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