Between 1953 and 1987, toxic substances contaminated wells, treatment plants and other sources of drinking water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Military members, family members and civilian workers exposed to these dangerous chemicals have been diagnosed with often fatal medical conditions including several types of cancer and other diseases.
Exposure at Camp Lejeune has been linked to Hepatic Steatosis, also known as Fatty Liver Disease.
Hepatic Steatosis, while often symptomless, can lead to a number of serious health issues including liver cancer and liver failure.
If you were at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and have been diagnosed with Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver Disease), contact TorHoerman Law for a free case evaluation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit instantly.
If you’re considering filing a Camp Lejeune Hepatic Steatosis Lawsuit, you likely have some questions. Below, our attorneys look at the studies conducted on the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, and evidence linking these substances to Hepatic Steatosis and other conditions.
There were a number of dangerous chemicals present in the water at Camp Lejeune that have been linked to disastrous health conditions.
The four (4) main chemicals that contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were:
There were over 70 other toxic chemicals found in the water, all at varying rates over the decades water was most contaminated.
The toxic chemicals came from both military use, and also from groundwater leakage originating from an off base dry cleaner.
Visit this page to learn more about what caused Camp Lejeune water contamination.
The Honoring Our PACT Act is a new bill recently signed into law by President Biden that affords new health care benefits to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service.
Within the PACT Act is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows those exposed to contaminated water at the military base to sue and recover damages.
An increased risk of Hepatic Steatosis has been identified by medical professionals who've studied the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune as a particularly common diagnosis.
Hepatic Steatosis is a disease that causes excess fat to build up in the liver.
Hepatic Steatosis is diagnosed when 5% fat is detected in the liver.
Hepatic Steatosis can be caused by alcohol use, viral liver infection, or in the case of Camp Lejeune water contamination, exposure to certain industrial chemicals or toxic chemicals that onset the disease.
When Hepatic Steatosis is linked to non-alcohol factors, it is referred to as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).
Scientific studies have been conducted on the rise of NAFLD, and researchers have indicated that environmental risk factors, such as water contamination, may be to blame for the rise in diagnoses.
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune is no exception.
Previous research has found that workers exposed to vinyl chloride, a main contaminant at the Marine Corps Base, has resulted in liver damage.
This particular study noted that liver issues and diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) were common in workers exposed to vinyl chloride even if obesity and other underlying health factors weren't present.
Research on the relation of vinyl chloride exposure and liver damage include:
Hepatic Steatosis often does not trigger any symptoms, and people suffering from the condition are pain-free.
Untreated Hepatic Steatosis can lead to certain, dangerous health impacts however.
There are serious complications associated with Hepatic Steatosis, especially if treatment isn't undertaken as soon as the warning signs appear:
Hepatic Steatosis complications are more common in overweight or obese patients, people who have high blood pressure, and those who have diabetes.
If a person has Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), and has signs of inflammation and liver cell damage, they are also usually diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
According to Johns Hopkins University, around 15-20% of people in the United States have NAFLD, and about 2-5% have NASH.
If you've been diagnosed with Hepatic Steatosis, you should do your best to avoid alcohol, treat diabetes (if you have it), limit use of over-the-counter painkiller drugs like acetaminophen, and take medication to treat high cholesterol and blood pressure.
The consumption of Camp Lejeune contaminated water has been linked to a number of cancer and non-cancer diagnoses including, but not limited to:
Service members, their families, civilian workers, and countless others were diagnosed with deadly health conditions, and for years could not secure the benefits they desperately need.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a new piece of legislation that has been signed into law by President Biden.
This bill is encompassed by the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which grants new benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act affords Camp Lejeune residents the ability to sue and recover damages for exposure to the toxic substances in the water supply, one of the first times the federal government has allowed legal action of this sort.
Camp Lejeune veterans and Camp Lejeune families will be able to secure compensation for health problems and medical expenses related to the toxic chemicals they were exposed to while living on the base.
Those eligible will file suit in the U.S. District Court: Eastern District of North Carolina.
In the past, several bills were introduced to address the issue at the North Carolina military base but none have had any widespread impact for victims and families.
Now, people who were denied benefits or compensation in the past may have a fair shot at adequate compensation.
With the Senate passage of the PACT Act, and the signing of the bill into law by President Biden, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits are able to be filed by any person exposed to contaminated water at the Marine Corps base between 1953 and 1987.
If you or a loved one was exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune between these dates, and meet other certain criteria, you may qualify to file a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit.
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