Fatty liver disease, also known as hepatic steatosis, is a serious health condition that can impact your quality of life. This condition can result from exposure to toxins. For example, there is also a link between hepatic steatosis and Camp Lejeune contamination.
There are treatments for this disease, and a hepatologist can help you understand your options. Diet and exercise can help you manage this disease and prevent it from progressing to more serious stages. When caught in the early stages, hepatic steatosis is a highly treatable and reversible disease, according to the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
One Major Cause of Hepatic Steatosis
Hepatic steatosis can be caused by genetic and environmental factors. One cause that has been linked to the development of fatty liver disease, as well as other health problems, is exposure to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
If you have been diagnosed with hepatic steatosis caused by water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you could be eligible for financial compensation.
Many illnesses have been tied to the water contamination that was discovered to have occurred during these years. Many people drank and bathed in water contaminated with dangerous chemicals.
Fatty liver disease treatment does cost money and can cause other negative issues in your life, which you could be compensated for.
What Are the Symptoms of Hepatic Steatosis?
Fatty liver disease has a number of symptoms that can negatively impact your life. For instance, you could deal with liver pain that prevents you from working or enjoying your life. You could also experience fatigue, yellowing of your skin, weight loss, nausea, and loss of appetite.
These negative symptoms can lead to problems at work, which could result in lost income. You could also suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially due to this disease.
Even if you have no symptoms, this disease can greatly reduce your overall health and quality of life.
Can You Be Compensated for Fatty Liver Disease Caused by Contaminated Water?
Being diagnosed with hepatic steatosis means you will likely be faced with medical treatment, emotional trauma, and other issues related to a health problem. You did not cause the hepatic steatosis you are dealing with. If your fatty liver disease is tied to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you can seek financial compensation.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could provide benefits that allow you to pay for medical treatment related to all healthcare problems you have suffered as a result of exposure to dangerous chemicals at Camp Lejeune. You do have to file a claim with the VA and get your claim approved in order to receive financial benefits.
You also have the option of filing a lawsuit. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was recently passed in Congress, providing grounds for victims of contaminated water exposure during the time period stated above.
If you were a service member (or family member of a service member) and were at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days and have been diagnosed with hepatic steatosis or another health condition, you can seek compensation through a claim or lawsuit.
Compensation could cover the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Medical expenses related to the treatment of your health condition
- Lost income and lost future income
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Permanent health issues or disability
How Can a Lawyer Help Me Recover Compensation for Hepatic Steatosis?
Whether filing a claim seeking benefits through the VA or filing a class action lawsuit in court, legal processes can be challenging for the average person. You might feel nervous about facing a legal undertaking without legal assistance from a lawyer who understands the laws as well as how you’ve been impacted by hepatic steatosis.
Your lawyer can:
- File claims, file lawsuits in court, and handle all legal paperwork
- Deal with the VA or handle court hearings
- Help you understand what types of evidence to gather and how evidence impacts your case
- Seek compensation and submit the evidence you have gathered in your case
- Watch out for your best interests and be your advocate
- Help you understand your legal options and avenues for seeking justice
Seek Legal Assistance After a Hepatic Steatosis Diagnosis
While you can recover from hepatic steatosis, that doesn’t mean it’s not a serious disease. You might be eligible for compensation for this disease and for all of your related damages through a claim or lawsuit. Legal issues can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to handle this situation on your own.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we have fought for financial compensation for many clients, including those involved in a 2014 case in Flint, Michigan, where over 100,000 residents were exposed to harmful amounts of lead in their water. Contact our office for a free case evaluation today.