Camp Lejeune Esophageal Cancer Lawsuit
Camp Lejeune Esophageal Cancer Claims Due to Toxic Water
Have you been diagnosed with esophageal cancer after being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987? If so, you may be eligible for compensation in a Camp Lejeune esophageal cancer lawsuit.
The Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyers at Riddle & Brantley are ready to assist you. Please give us a call at 1-800-525-7111 to discuss your case today.
We’ll consult with you for FREE, and you will not have to pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation. We have offices in Jacksonville, NC near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and can also consult with you from anywhere by phone, email, text, and video conference. We can even come directly to you if it’s more convenient.
We are actively investigating these claims, and we would be honored to help current and former service members and their families get the justice they deserve. Please give us a call at 1-800-525-7111 to discuss your case with us for free.
Many of our attorneys and staff have strong connections to the military, and we’re proud to fight for those who’ve fought for us.
The military has typically dismissed claims related to Camp Lejeune water contamination, but because of the recently passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act (included in the broader PACT Act, passed on August 2, 2022), claimants who qualify can file lawsuits against the government.
Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal cancer affects the long muscular tube that moves food through the throat down to the stomach. If detected early, healthcare providers may be able to eliminate the cancer with surgery and other treatments. Unfortunately, only 25% of people with this type of cancer receive a diagnosis before the cancer spreads.
Difficulty swallowing is often the first symptom people notice. It may feel as though food is stuck in the throat or chest and may cause gagging. Dysphagia, as the condition’s called, is often mild at the outset and worsens over time as the cancer grows. To help pass the food, the body may create more saliva or thick mucus. Sometimes vomiting occurs.
About half of the people with esophageal cancer end up losing weight even though they are not actively dieting. Swallowing issues can make eating uncomfortable, while the cancer can decrease appetite and increase one’s metabolism.
Chest pain, particularly discomfort in the middle part of the chest, is another common symptom. Some people say it feels like “pressure,” while others describe it as a “burning” sensation. While occasional chest pain can also be a simple case of heartburn, people with esophageal cancer may experience recurring pain when the food reaches the tumor and has trouble getting around it.
Throat pain is also common. Many people with esophageal cancer develop a persistent cough — including coughing up blood — or develop a permanently hoarse voice when the tumor squeezes up against the vocal cords.
Spreading cancer can trigger a number of adverse symptoms throughout the body. Patients commonly experience back pain behind the breastbone or between the shoulder blades. Cancer that spreads to the nerves may cause paralysis, spine pain, or hiccups. Cancer that spreads to the bones can cause aches and pains. Esophageal cancer spreading to the lungs may trigger shortness of breath, abdominal pain, and swelling if it spreads to the liver, or headaches and seizures if it spreads to the brain.
Esophageal cancer affects roughly 4 in 100,000 people living in the United States. Men ages 60+ are most commonly diagnosed. Most commonly, doctors will check for esophageal cancer with an upper endoscopy. The sedated patient receives a long flexible tube with a tiny camera inserted down the esophagus to look for tumors. If a mass is found, a small section is removed for biopsy — which is the only way to confirm for sure whether cancer is present.
Did Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune Cause Esophageal Cancer?
Thousands of potential victims allege that contaminated water at Camp Lejeune caused esophageal cancer, along with other cancers and diseases. Scientific evidence strongly supports a potential link between chemicals found in Camp Lejeune water and esophageal cancer. We believe this evidence will bolster future lawsuits.
Evidence that Camp Lejeune Water Caused Esophageal Cancer
Among the chemicals that contaminated the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 were volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, benzene, and other compounds. To be clear, many of the water contaminants at Camp Lejeune have been linked to esophageal cancer.
Scientific research supporting a connection between Camp Lejeune water contamination and esophageal cancer includes:
- A 2005 analysis of occupational exposure to TCE and its link between the development of leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and lung, kidney, liver, and esophageal cancer. The analysis made clear there is a potential link between TCE and esophageal cancer.
- A 1995 study that linked occupational exposure to PCE with a higher risk factor for esophageal cancers.
Studies are ongoing about the specific links between esophageal cancer and VOCs, but what we do know is that many of the chemicals found contaminating the water at Camp Lejeune have the potential to cause cancer in humans.
If you were exposed to this contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and later developed esophageal or other cancers, you may have a claim for compensation in a Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Camp Lejeune cancer lawyer at Riddle & Brantley.
We don’t get paid unless you do. If you don’t receive compensation for your esophageal cancer claim, you won’t pay any attorney fees. It’s as simple as that.
How to File a Camp Lejeune Esophageal Cancer Lawsuit
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, passed by Congress in a final Senate vote on August 2, 2022, allows victims to file lawsuits against the government for cancer and other health problems potentially caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The Navy previously refuted all claims regarding the water contamination, but now victims have a new opportunity to hold the government accountable for injuries they may have sustained due to this contamination.
Anyone who meets the following criteria may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit:
- Were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987
- Were diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
- Esophageal cancer
- Brain cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
- Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
- Fatty liver disease (NAFLD or hepatic steatosis)
- Liver disease
- Birth defects
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer (including colorectal and colon cancer)
- Congenital heart defects
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine cancer
- CNS cancer (central nervous system cancer)
An experienced Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley can help evaluate your claim, advise you on your best available legal options, and, if you decide to hire us, file a Camp Lejeune esophageal cancer claim or lawsuit (or claim for another injury) on your behalf.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation and let’s see how we can help.
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Talk with a Camp Lejeune Esophageal Cancer Attorney for Free
Were you diagnosed with esophageal cancer after being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune? An experienced Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley can provide you with free legal advice and help you determine your best available legal options for seeking compensation.
We’ve recovered over $665 million for our injured clients since 2000 alone (see disclaimer below), and we’re proud of the settlements and verdicts we’ve secured.
In addition to receiving significant compensation for their injuries (see disclaimer below), clients also routinely describe their experience working with our firm’s attorneys and staff in a tremendously positive manner, such as:
- “It was nice to see Riddle & Brantley put me and my needs first.” –R. C.
- “They turned a heartbreaking situation completely around.” –Tonya T.
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- “You’ll walk in the door as a client but leave as family. They’re the absolute best.” –Susan S.
Award-Winning Trial Attorneys
Our Camp Lejeune esophageal cancer lawyers have also been recognized by many prestigious memberships and awards (see disclaimer below), including:
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Super Lawyers
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
- The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
- AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
- The Litigator Award
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