Compensation For Veterans And Civilians Harmed By Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune
If you or a loved one meet the following 3 criteria, you may be entitled to compensation:
- Served, worked or lived at Camp Lejeune marine corps base in North Carolina
- At any time from 1953 to 1987
- Are suffering from a major medical condition
Contact us immediately for a free consultation. Call 877-930-2080 today.
Medical Conditions That May Be Related To Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
A number of serious medical conditions have been tied to the toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, including:
- Cancer (leukemia, bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma or lymphoma)
- Miscarriage, stillbirth or fetal death
- Birth defects
- Hepatic steatosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome
- Renal toxicity
- Renal disease
Be aware that this is not a comprehensive list. If you or a loved one who was stationed at Camp Lejeune during the stated time period has been diagnosed with any type of cancer, any major neurological or neurobehavioral condition, any serious digestive system condition or any other life-changing medical condition, you should consult a lawyer about your options.
Who Is Eligible?
Suffering veterans, family members of veterans, civilians employed at the base, and family members of those civilians may qualify. Many have waited for years or decades for this ray of hope. Surviving family members may also bring claims on behalf of deceased spouses, parents and other close family members who died from the diseases associated with water contamination after working at or being stationed at Camp Lejeune.
About The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
Normally, military personnel cannot sue the government for injuries or illnesses that they suffer as a result of their service. A special exception to this rule now opens the door to the support many have needed since they lived or worked at Camp Lejeune in the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Specifically, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which was part of the recently passed bipartisan Honoring Our PACT Act, was signed into law on August 10, 2022. This new federal law finally provides legal remedies for people who were exposed to water unfit for human consumption in what is now called Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in eastern North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987.
Reddick Law offers free consultations to anyone who:
- Was stationed, lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during the ’50s through the ’80s
- Has been diagnosed with or would like medical screening for illnesses such as cancer or Parkinson’s disease that have been associated with toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune
Is The New Law About Access To VA Benefits?
The Veterans’ Administration (VA) does offer disability benefits for service members who have been diagnosed with adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or Parkinson’s disease after serving at Camp Lejeune during the 1953-1987 timeframe.
In addition, VA medical benefits are available for exposed service members and their family members who have suffered from esophageal cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma, renal toxicity, scleroderma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung cancer, bladder cancer, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, hepatic steatosis or miscarriage. According to the VA, anyone who was stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may qualify for the special VA benefits.
Beyond VA benefits, the new law is ground-breaking in that it also allows both military families and civilians who have been affected to file lawsuits for noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering.
To explore your potential eligibility for VA benefits and/or compensation through a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, contact an experienced civil litigation attorney. At Reddick Law, our personal injury attorneys advise clients here in Arkansas as well as nationwide and worldwide. We can help you coordinate your claims and maximize the benefits and compensation that you may receive.
Why Is The Government Responsible For Water Contamination At Camp Lejuene?
People living and working at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in water from wells at Camp Lejeune for decades. It is estimated that at least 900,000 people altogether were exposed to the poisonous substances found in these wells, namely, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
By 1981, military officials had confirmed that these contaminated wells were the source of poisonous substances contributing to the high rates of medical conditions that many of these people developed. However, another 6 years passed before the wells were capped.
What Should Veterans And Others Do If They Suspect They Were Sickened By The Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune?
Your health and well-being are the first concerns. You can begin now to gather medical records as well as documentation of your presence at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. Better yet, contact Reddick Law, PLLC for a free consultation to let our lawyers and other legal professionals do the work and seek justice for you. We will represent you on a contingency basis. You will not owe attorney fees unless we help you recover benefits or compensation.