Camp Lejeune Compensation For Contaminated Water
An estimated one million people who were stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987 may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water that can cause cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, and other serious health problems and are now eligible to be part of the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.
Anyone exposed to the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during this period is entitled to compensation for the injuries, illnesses, diseases, and health conditions caused by the contaminated water. However, there is a narrow time window to take advantage of new legislation that permits Camp Lejeune lawsuits. Filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit does not affect your VA benefits eligibility.
Milberg attorneys based locally in North Carolina are available to answer your questions and let you know if you qualify for legal action. To speak with a lawyer, please contact us.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
It is not up for debate that, for more than three decades, roughly one million military service members, civilian staff, and their families might have been exposed to contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.
Industrial solvents, including the carcinogens perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), were discovered in the Camp Lejeune water supply in the early 1980s. In 1982, an analyst hired by the Marines confirmed the water contamination. But the water treatment plant causing the pollution wasn’t shut down until 1987.
All of this is admitted in government reports. However, it took decades for the government to provide a measure of justice addressing the health impacts of Camp Lejeune toxic water. In 2017—thirty years after the exposure ended—the Department of Veterans Affairs began providing disability benefits to veterans and their families.
But many felt that VA benefits were a half-measure that did not adequately compensate water contamination victims. This led to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act—a federal remedy that allows Camp Lejeune residents poisoned by water at the base to file a claim against the U.S. government and seek relief for the harm they suffered.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act became part of a larger bill (the Honoring our PACT Act) that addresses several types of service-related toxic exposure. The bill was passed by the Senate on August 2, 2022.
What to Know About Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
If you or a loved one—including a child in utero—were exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during the period beginning on August 1, 1953 and ending on December 31, 1987, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Veterans, civilian personnel, and their families who resided or worked at the base are all potentially eligible. Here are some important facts about Camp Lejeune toxic exposure lawsuits:
- The person filing the claim must provide evidence that they suffered harm from the water at Camp Lejeune. For example, they will need a medical diagnosis and proof that their condition was caused by chemicals in the water. Many government health studieslink Camp Lejeune chemicals with cancers and other chronic conditions.
- The lawsuit must be filed within two years from the day the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is signed into law.
- The lawsuit must be filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
- Filing a lawsuit does not affect your eligibility for Camp Lejeune VA benefits, but if you choose to bring a claim, you cannot sue the government again in the future for toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune.
The full text of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act can be found here. While it does not specify health conditions associated with contaminated drinking water, the VA has identified a number of health issues that are presumed to be related to the water at Camp Lejeune. They include:
- Aplastic anemia (and related syndromes)
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
This may not be an exhaustive list of the health conditions caused by Camp Lejeune toxic water. If you have questions about whether your condition qualifies for legal action, or how you can prove your case, you should talk to a lawyer who can assist with starting a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.
Find Out if You Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
Unlike other law firms that will hand off your claim to another firm, our own attorneys are handling Camp Lejeune lawsuits. Our office in Raleigh is staffed by local North Carolina attorneys who have firsthand experience with the courts and judges that will oversee these cases. These attorneys are backed by Milberg’s Environmental and Toxic Torts practice, which has litigated toxic harm cases around the world. With Milberg, you get the best of both worlds: local attorneys and a team of global environmental lawyers with a proven track record in these types of lawsuits.
Justice is long overdue for those exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, but the opportunity to hold the government accountable is limited. Don’t miss your chance to finally get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other harms. Talk to an attorney at Milberg and start the claims process as soon as possible. Schedule your free consultation.