A WFLA-TV report told the story of how the Camp Lejeune water contamination and a kidney cancer misdiagnosis played a part in a veteran losing his life. Reportedly, after noticing blood in his urine, the 32-year veteran of the Navy went to the VA, where he was initially diagnosed with a kidney stone. His doctor placed him on antibiotics to treat the kidney stone. However, blood continued to show up in his urine.
Upon returning to the VA, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His widow believes that his doctors should have considered cancer as a possibility during his first visit, because her husband was exposed to cancer-causing elements in the past, including Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam and contaminated water while stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Can Camp Lejeune Veterans Still File Water Contamination Claims?
Yes, veterans who are eligible can still submit Camp Lejeune water contamination claims. Check out a blog post we wrote about how veterans can determine if they are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim.
Even if a veteran is eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim, his or her initial claim could be denied. Therefore, it is a good idea for veterans to discuss their situation with an attorney prior to filing their initial claim. Doing so, may enable them to avoid having their claim denied. In addition, if their first claim is denied, an experienced VA benefits attorney may be able to help them successfully appeal the denial.