Camp Lejeune Lawsuit — Water Contamination Lawyers
For decades, US military service members and their families living and working at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC were exposed to toxic chemicals in the water they used to drink, bathe, cook, and clean. Some residents of Camp Lejeune later developed cancer and other chronic illnesses, possibly stemming from their exposure to the contaminated water. Camp Lejeune lawsuits allege that base officials concealed their knowledge of the problem, did not take immediate action to correct it, and failed to notify former residents of the water contamination.
Following a years-long federal investigation, lawsuits, and congressional legislation, in August 2022, President Biden signed into law the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, allowing those affected by toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune to seek fair compensation from the federal government for their medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
From 1953 to 1987, the water supply at Camp Lejeune contained volatile organic compounds (VOC) at concentrations from 240 to 3400 times the amount of exposure considered safe for humans. In all, more than 70 known contaminants have been identified in the water at Camp Lejeune. Tests found that the main chemicals involved were:
- Perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry-cleaning solvent
- Trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser used to clean machine parts
- Benzene used to make nylon, plastics, and synthetic fibers, and
- Vinyl chloride, a component of PVC, found in many plastic products
Possible sources of water contamination include solvents from a nearby dry cleaning company, chemicals used by base personnel to clean military equipment, and leaks from underground fuel and chemical storage tanks. There is evidence that the commanding officers at Camp Lejeune attempted to conceal information about these contaminants from the people living and working at the base and from the public. Camp Lejeune lawsuits allege officers ignored reports warning of the dangerous conditions for years before finally beginning to address the situation.
Considering the number of Marines, other service members, and their families that were living and working at Camp Lejeune during this time, as well as non-military workers who frequently came on base to work, it is estimated that as many as one million people may have been exposed to these harmful chemicals through water contamination, possibly resulting in many chronic health conditions, serious illnesses, and/or death.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act
In August 2022, President Biden signed into law the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act (PACT), which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, to make it easier for veterans and active military personnel to get health care benefits and to receive compensation for medical conditions stemming from exposure to toxic chemicals. The PACT Act lists several cancers and other conditions considered “presumptive illnesses”—in other words, they are automatically assumed to be caused by toxic exposure without victims needing proof. Read on to find out if you or someone you know is eligible for compensation.
Are You Eligible for Compensation?
To be eligible for health care benefits, disability benefits, and financial compensation, you must meet the following criteria:
- You lived, worked, or were otherwise exposed to water contamination at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days (cumulative or consecutive) during the period from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987, and
- You didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the military, and
- You have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
In addition to these “presumptive” illnesses, the following conditions may also be eligible for compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act:
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Lung cancer
- Miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Renal toxicity
Filing a Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuit
Limited time to file a claim
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act outlines two different deadlines for filing claims:
- Those who have already been diagnosed with one of the conditions listed above must file a claim within two years of the date that the Act was signed into law. The law was signed by President Biden on August 10, 2022, so claims must be filed by August 10, 2024.
- Those who have not yet been diagnosed with one of the above conditions will have two years from the date that they discover their illness to take legal action.
Do I Need an Attorney?
Although you may file a claim and bring a Camp Lejeune lawsuit against the US government directly, a qualified attorney can help protect your rights and ensure that you receive the full compensation that you are owed.
If you believe that you or a loved one may have been exposed to water contamination at Camp Lejeune and suffered one or more of the injuries mentioned above, we invite you to call the injury attorneys at West Law Firm to learn more about your rights and options. We will help you navigate the process, ensuring that you meet the deadlines, gather the necessary personnel and medical records, and file the correct documents. For a Free Consultation, call West Law Firm today at 1-877-943-9378 (WEST).
How Can a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer Help You?
A Camp Lejeune water contamination can help make sure you recover the full compensation and benefits you’re entitled to, as well as ensure that the process is as easy for you as possible. For example, an attorney can help you with the following:
- Determine whether you’re eligible to file a claim
- Gather the necessary documents and evidence to support your claim
- Make sure that your claim or lawsuit is filed correctly and within the deadlines
- Negotiate with the federal government over any proposed settlements
- Present a strong case in court, if necessary
How Much Does a Camp Lejeune Attorney Cost?
The attorneys at West Law Firm work for you on a contingency basis, which means that you will pay nothing unless we are able to win compensation for you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation with an attorney. Your session will be 100% free and confidential. We’ll help you determine if you have a legitimate case and answer any questions you have about the legal process. Our toll-free number is 1-877-943-9378 (WEST).