Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claims
Individuals who resided and/or worked at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 were potentially exposed to contaminated drinking water that can cause cancer and other serious health issues. The dangerous chemicals in the water, including benzene, trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride, are classified as cancer-causing drugs, and tetrachlorethylene is classified as probably carcinogenic.
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Those who sacrifice their own safety and well-being to defend our country deserve to be protected themselves. Our military servicemen and women put their lives on the line every day to protect our country. You would think their lives would be protected in exchange, but that is not what happened at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. From 1953 to 1987, countless military personnel and their families, as well as civilian employees, who lived and worked on this base were exposed to incredibly toxic water. This water was supplied by wells on the base and flowed through their sinks, water fountains, showers, and bathtubs. Not only did private companies and military officials fail to detect or prevent this water toxicity, but the evidence reflects multiple attempts to conceal it, leaving our military personnel and their families in danger for nearly four decades. Many of these individuals have developed serious illnesses, diseases, and symptoms because of this exposure. However, up until now, they have had no recourse for care and compensation.Why You Need Experienced Attorneys
To date, very few victims have been able to successfully recover damages for the harm they suffered from the contaminated water supply. However, the House of Representatives recently passed the Camp LeJeune Justice Act, which could provide relief and monetary damages to the hundreds of thousands of service members and their families and civilians that were exposed to the toxic water. If the bill passes in the Senate, the Act would allow anyone exposed to the contaminated water for at least 30 days and who suffered from one of the many adverse health conditions linked to the contaminated water to file a claim in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina for their injuries.What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?
Although this water toxicity was detected long ago, action was only taken this year to ensure that those who have suffered harm as a result can get the care that they need. Despite this contamination having been ongoing for over 30 years, the government just passed a new legislative act to address the wrongful harm. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is intended to ensure that victims who suffered harm as a result of the toxic water contamination have grounds to bring a legal claim and receive money damages as compensation.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows anyone who spent a period of at least 30 consecutive days on the Camp Lejeune Base between August 1953 and December 1987 to file a claim for medical care and compensation. Certain medical conditions are automatically presumed to have been caused by the exposure and will not require further review. The Act also gives victims the ability to bring a lawsuit against the Marines and other responsible parties in order to collect damages for the harm that they have suffered due to the negligence of the military and other private organizations.Do You Have Disability Benefits or Legal Claim for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
To potentially qualify to receive VA benefits and compensation for any resulting conditions, you must be able to prove that you served at Camp Lejeune for an uninterrupted period of at least 30 days at some point between August 1953 and December 1987. For help, you need experienced lawyers. If you believe this maybe you, the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination law firm at Gerson & Schwartz PA. Our lawyers can help. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call us toll free at (877) 475-2905.What You Need to Know About Toxins Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune
There were a number of serious toxins found in the water at Camp Lejeune, including trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC) and benzene, as well as mercury and chemical waste. It is relevant that all of these chemicals are clear and colorless, so they could not have been identified absent the proper testing. All of these chemicals made their way into drinking water all over base and have been linked through various clinic trials to causing countless serious medical conditions, neurological symptoms, and diseases.Medical Conditions for Automatic Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claim Approval
If you spent 30+ consecutive days on the Camp Lejeune Base between August 1953 and December 1987 and did not receive a dishonorable discharge from the military, you can receive automatic coverage through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act if you have any of the following conditions:
- Aplastic Anemia
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Bladder, Kidney, or Liver Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Parkinson's Disease
- Neurobehavioral Issues.
- Aplastic anemia.
- Renal failure and renal toxicity.
- Mercury Poisoning.
- Birth Defects.
In fact, if you served during this time and have any of a fairly long list of conditions, it is presumed to have been caused by the exposure, and you are entitled to VA disability benefits and legal remedies as a result. If you believe this maybe, you contact a Camp Lejeune Water Claim lawyers and attorneys at Gerson & Schwartz PA. All case consultations are free.
If you are already receiving benefits from the VA, it is important to know that you can still file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim and receive additional compensation. There are no upfront costs. For help, send us an email to email@example.com. Or you can call us toll free at (877) 475-2905.Additional Medical Conditions Covered for Camp Lejeune
If you spent the necessary period of time at Camp Lejeune but do not have any of the above listed conditions, you may still qualify for coverage and compensation through the VA if you have any of the following conditions. The only difference is that causation will not be presumed, so a review and approval will have to be conducted by the VA. It should be noted that this also applies to the family members of military personnel, as well as non-military personnel who may have worked on the base.
- Bladder, kidney, esophageal, or lung cancer
- Breast cancer (especially in men)
- Female infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects
- Leukemia (especially in adults)
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Hepatic steatosis
- Renal toxicity
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Having a dedicated legal advocate on your side can make a world of difference when it comes to seamlessly navigating the claims process and receiving the compensation and coverage to which you are entitled. An attorney can also help you fully assess your options and determine whether it is in your best interest to file a claim, bring a lawsuit, or join a mass tort or class action lawsuit with other similarly affected individuals. These are decisions that would be hard to make on your own since you do not have all the available information.Contact Gerson & Schwartz to Schedule a Consultation Today
If you believe you may suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above after spending time at Camp Lejeune, our attorneys can conduct a quick assessment to determine whether you are eligible for coverage under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. We can help you find the best path forward to get you the compensation and support to which you are entitled. Contact the personal injury and mass tort lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help.
If you are a veteran, you put your life on the line to defend our country. Now, our mass tort trial lawyers want to help you and hold the parties responsible for causing you and your family harm financially accountable. Contact a Water Contamination attorney at Gerson & Schwartz PA today and schedule your free case consultation. Call us at (877) 475-2905 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.