Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

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Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. provides aggressive representation and can help injured victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination obtain compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one were stationed at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and developed cancer or other serious health problems, you may be eligible for compensation. Our experienced Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options.

For decades, the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with harmful chemicals. The United States government knew about the contamination and health risks but did not warn the men and women who served or their families who lived and worked there. As a result, many people were exposed to the toxic chemicals and developed serious health problems, including cancer.

It has been reported that as many as a million people may have been exposed to the chemicals in the drinking water according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) report on Camp LeJeune. The people exposed may include military or civilian staff and their families. Read on to learn more about how our personal injury lawyers can help you recover financial compensation today?

Act Now to Recover Compensation

If you or a loved one completed military service at Camp Lejeune and developed cancer or other serious health problems, you may be eligible to file Camp Lejeune lawsuits and recover compensation. The deadline to file a claim is limited, so it is important to act now.

On June 16, 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was passed by the Senate. Once it is enacted, victims will have a two year window to file a claim. Anyone who was exposed to the Camp Lejeune water contamination while on base including military personnel, military family members, and civilian staff may be eligible to receive compensation under the Act.

As a veteran, you may also be eligible for health care reimbursement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There is already more than $2 billion in disability benefits available to provide health care to military and Marine Corps veterans who served at Camp Lejeune and suffered from Camp Lejeune water contamination.

Our experienced toxic exposure lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options. We have a proven track record of success with personal injury cases and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your case and answer any questions you have. There is no obligation to call, and we only get paid if we recover compensation for you.

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A Brief History of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Water Contamination Cancer Lawsuit for Camp LejeuneMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was founded in 1941. In 1982, the Marine Corps found elevated levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in two of eight water treatment plants supplying the base—Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants.

TCE and PCE are substances known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and have been linked to cancers, skin conditions, rare birth defects, kidney failure, and nervous system diseases.

Tarawa Terrace Water Treatment Plant

The water from Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant was found to be contaminated with PCE from an off-base dry cleaning firm. ATSDR reconstructed historical contaminants and estimated that the concentration of PCE in the water from this treatment plant exceeded the current EPA accepted level for 346 months during November 1957 through February 1987. The wells that were most contaminated were shut down in February of 1985.

Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant

The second contaminated water treatment plant was Hadnot Point and it was primarily contaminated by TCE, though there were additional contaminants found including benzene, TCE degradation products, and vinyl chloride.

The contaminants in these wells came from multiple sources including leaking underground storage tanks, industrial spills, and waste disposal sites. The ATSDR concluded that the water from this site included at least one VOC that exceeded the current EPA maximums in August 1953 and January 1985.

As a result of the water contamination, many people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune suffered from toxic exposure. It is estimated that as many as one million people may have been exposed according to the ATSDR report on Camp Lejeune.

Health Effects of TCE and PCE Exposure

TCE and PCE are both dangerous chemicals that can have serious health effects. TCE is a known carcinogen, and has been linked to cancers of the kidney, bladder, and lymphoma. PCE has also been linked to cancer including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer.

These chemicals can also cause other serious health problems such as skin conditions, birth defects, kidney failure, and nervous system diseases.

If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune or lived on base between 1953 and 1987, you may have been exposed to the toxic chemicals in the water. If you have been diagnosed with cancer or another disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options.

VA Health Benefits for Veterans and Their Families

The VA recognizes and may reimburse veterans and their families for out-of-pocket health care expenses related to these 15 conditions, including:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

The Camp Lejeune disability benefits coverage area extends to the satellite facilities in the area surrounding Camp Lejeune including: Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson/Montford Point, Tarawa Terrace, Holcomb Boulevard, Paradise Point, Hadnot Point, Stone Bay Rifle Range, Onslow Beach, and the Camp Lejeune Greater Sandy Run. Veterans exposed to the water in this area with health concerns may also be eligible for health care benefits, paid health care expenses, and disability compensation.

Conditions Determined to Have a Presumptive Service Connection for VA Benefits

The U.S. government has also determined that there is a presumption of service connection for eight conditions related to exposure to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, NC. This impacts disability benefits and applies to active duty, reserve, and National Guard members who were exposed to the dangerous chemicals in the water supply at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987.

VA benefits and disability compensation will be awarded to Camp Lejeune veterans diagnosed with any of these eight conditions as the VA presumes that their service at Camp Lejeune caused the condition. The qualifying health conditions include:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune or lived on base between 1953 and 1987, you may have been exposed to the toxic chemicals in the water. If you have been diagnosed with cancer or another of these diseases, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation beyond your disability benefits. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Who Is Eligible for Compensation from the The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?

Any person who was exposed to the contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 is covered under The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. This includes both servicemen and women, their families, as well as civilian staff. This includes:

  • All branches of the US military including the Marine Corps
  • Spouses, children, and other family members of active military personnel
  • Babies exposed in the womb
  • Soldiers and cadets
  • Vets, reservists, and the National Guard
  • Base civilian staff and workers

If you are unsure whether you are covered under the Act, our team of experienced attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options.

What Compensation Is Available for Victims?

If you or a loved one was exposed to the water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for a range of compensation, including:

  • Medical treatment and medical expenses
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of regular activities
  • Wrongful death

Our experienced attorneys can help you understand what benefits you may be eligible for and guide you through the process of filing a claim for exposure to contaminated drinking water.

How Can Our Attorneys Help You?

If you or a loved one was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or lived on base between 1953 and 1987, and have been diagnosed with cancer or another disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. The attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. have extensive experience handling lawsuits for seriously injured people and can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

Determining if You have a Valid Claim

The first step in filing a claim is determining if you have a valid claim for Camp Lejeune water contamination exposure. To do this, our attorneys will review your medical records and exposure history to determine if you have been diagnosed with a disease that has been linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

If we determine that you have a valid claim, we will guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Proving Your Case

To recover compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, you do not need to prove negligence like in most other types of personal injury claims. Instead, you have to show that your health condition is linked to your time at Camp Lejeune and the exposure to the VOCs in the water.

Your experienced attorney will be able to demonstrate that:

  1. There is enough evidence to conclude that a causal relationship exists between your health conditions and the Camp Lejeune water contamination, or
  2. There is medical evidence sufficient enough to conclude that a causal relationship between your health conditions and the exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is at least as likely as not.

Your claim will be filed in federal court and you will need to show in your medical records that your health condition is related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and that you were exposed for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.

Filing a Claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

If you or someone you love was stationed at Camp Lejeune for military service or lived on base between 1953 and 1987, and have been diagnosed with cancer or another disease, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. The first step is to contact an experienced attorney to review your claim and determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit.

At Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., our team of experienced attorneys has helped many people who have been seriously injured. We will review your case for free and help you understand your legal rights and options.

If we determine that you have a valid claim and can connect the adverse health effects to the water at Camp Lejeune, we will guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

What should I do if I was stationed (or worked at) Camp Lejeune?

If you lived or served at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, the first step is to contact an experienced attorney to review your claim and determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit.

You will need to demonstrate that you have a serious medical condition that is related to your exposure to the contaminated drinking water. Some examples of medical conditions that have been linked to the water contamination include cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney disease, and more.

If we determine that you have a valid claim, we will guide you through the process of filing a lawsuit and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

What should I do if my parent or family member was stationed (or worked at) Camp Lejeune?

If your parent or family member was stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, the first step is to contact an experienced attorney to review their claim and determine if they are eligible to file a lawsuit.

You will need to demonstrate that your parent or family member has a serious medical condition that is related to their exposure to the contaminated drinking water. Some examples of medical conditions that have been linked to the water contamination include cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease among others.

If you lost your loved one, parent, or other family members due to their exposure to the contaminated water, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If we determine that your parent or family member has a valid claim, we will guide them through the process of filing a lawsuit and help them fight for the compensation they deserve. Contact our mass tort attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.

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