The drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated by harmful chemicals for several decades, including chemicals known to be carcinogenic like trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene, vinyl chloride and benzene. The federal government discovered that the drinking water was contaminated in the 1980s. Recently, the federal government established a fund intended to compensate victims of the contaminated water and their families. Our law firm works for victims of the Camp Lejeune contamination crisis to secure just compensation for injuries to them or their loved ones.
What if I was at Camp Lejeune a long time ago?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CLJA) creates a cause of action against the United States for individuals who were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and sustained injuries. It was not previously possible to bring these claims. Now claimants will have until August 2024 to submit their claim for compensation to the government, and claims that are not settled will be litigated in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The CLJA throws open the door to recovery to an estimated 1 million veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune, as well as their family members. Even more, the CLJA also lowers the burden of proof to a showing that it is as likely as not that a causal relation exists between the water at Camp Lejeune and the injury. This means it is easier to prove that a person stationed at Camp Lejeune suffered injury from his or her exposure in the relevant time period. The CLJA makes it comparatively much easier for claimants to recover against the government for failure to protect servicemembers from contaminated water.
What injuries may be related to Camp Lejuene Water Contamination?
Conditions that may be related to your or your loved one’s toxic exposures include:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Other conditions that may qualify include esophageal cancer, breast cancer, renal toxicity, female infertility, scleroderma, lung cancer, hepatic steatosis, miscarriage, and neurobehavioral effects.
If you or your loved one were at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and then developed any of the foregoing diseases, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Do I have to be a servicemember to receive compensation?
Anyone who was injured by exposure to the water systems at Camp Lejeuene for 30 days or longer between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may qualify to receive financial compensation, regardless of their status as a veteran, family member of a veteran, civilian contractor, etc. You should consult an attorney to determine whether you are eligible to receive compensation.
We are serving Camp Lejeune victims in Central Virginia and beyond.
The attorneys of Tremblay & Smith litigate daily against the United States government and will seek justice for you or your loved one for injuries relating to Camp Lejeune water contamination. An attorney can help potential claimants determine whether they are eligible for compensation and how to maximize the amount of any settlement or verdict.
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