Did you or someone you know serve at United States Marine Corps (USMC) Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, between between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987? During that time, drinking water with toxicity levels 33 to 153 times higher than safety standards polluted more than 600 sites on the 170-square mile base. Nearly a million civilian workers, military service members, and their families were potentially exposed to dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health issues.
Some of the most severe and long-term injuries that veterans suffer from are caused by exposure to toxic water and other environmental hazards. However, until recently, it was difficult for veterans to win disability benefits related to environmental exposure during military service. That changed with the recent passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which enables veterans and their families to finally hold the U.S. Marines accountable and seek the compensation they’re entitled to for medical expenses, suffering and loss from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. If you or your loved one is a veteran who suffered cancer or other health problems from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, contact us today for a free, no-obligation case review with a veteran’s disability attorney handling exposure claims for Camp Lejeune water toxicity.
Over the course of four decades, two of the eight wells at North Carolina’s U.S. Marine Base Camp Lejeune were contaminated with high levels of benzene, industrial solvents, and other toxic chemicals that originated from sites both on and off the base. The contaminated wells serviced veterans and their families, at home and at work, as well as civilian personnel. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs now acknowledges 17 diseases as being a direct result of the various chemicals found in the water supply, which allows veterans to establish a presumptive service connection for these conditions. This essentially means that the government is finally taking responsibility for veterans exposed to the toxic water supply at Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, during military service and allowing them to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Government for medical and financial compensation.
You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you or your loved one is a veteran who:
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The dangerous toxicants and known carcinogens that contaminated the drinking water at Camp Lejeune put hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families living and working at the base during this time period at risk for Camp Lejeune cancer and other serious illnesses and health conditions. The Department of Veterans Affairs currently acknowledges that veterans may have developed the following forms of Camp Lejeune cancer and possibly lost their lives as a result:
In addition to cancer, Camp Lejeune water contamination has been linked to a number of other serious illnesses and health conditions, including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, myelodysplastic syndromes, renal toxicity, hepatic steatosis, female infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, scleroderma, and neurobehaviorial effects.
The new Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 gives veterans who have suffered as a result of the contaminated water the right to file a claim for the first time against the U.S. Government. This pertains to families of those veterans who have already passed from the disease as well. Filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit is the only means individuals and families have to seek damages from the Marines and obtain the compensation they deserve for suffering, damages, and loss related to Camp Lejeune cancers or other illnesses.
Over the next two years, the legal window will be open for victims to file a claim against the U.S government. Victims can file a claim with the office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy’s Tort Claims Unit in Norfolk, VA. After a claim is filed, the department may accept or reject the claim. In the event it is denied, a Camp Lejeune lawsuit can be filed to remedy losses such as illness, lost earnings, and more.
Contact our veteran’s disability lawyers who specialize in Camp Lejeune water contamination today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will represent all Camp Lejeune veteran victims on a contingency basis – so there are no fees unless we get money for you.