Marines have trained at America’s premier amphibious military training facility since 1941. Important combat missions have included World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Over the years, asbestos and other toxic substances have been identified in the water at Camp Lejeune. As a result, people who served at the base were at risk of developing illnesses and cancer.
The CLJA was signed August 10 2022. The statute of limitations (deadline) for filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit is usually two years from this date.
If you have been diagnosed with the cancers, injuries, or other medical concerns listed below, you may be eligible for compensation, even if you are already obtaining VA benefits.
What Cancers, Injuries & Health Concerns Qualify?
Bladder cancer, breast cancer, cardiac birth defects, esophageal cancer, female infertility, hepatic steatosis, kidney cancer, kidney failure (must be on dialysis or have a kidney transplant), leukemia, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, MDS (myelodysplastic syndromes), miscarriage, multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Parkinson’s disease, renal failure (must be on dialysis or have a kidney transplant), rectal cancer, still birth, prostate cancer, scleroderma, acute myeloid leukemia, central nervous system cancer (CNS).
There are multiple ways you might have been exposed to the toxic chemicals in the tainted water. Drinking, bathing in it, cooking and cleaning with the contaminated water were all possible ways that veterans, their families, and base workers may have been exposed.
What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?
Part of the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022, the Camp Lejeune Act of 2022 is a bipartisan bill that endeavours to seek fair and just compensation for Camp Lejeune veterans, their families, and all others who worked on base between 1953-1987 and may have been harmed and impacted by the contaminated water.
Am I eligible file a Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim?
You must show evidence that you have been harmed by the contaminated water and that for at least 30 days you were exposed to the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina between August 1, 1963 and December 31, 1986.
How did Camp Lejeune’s water become contaminated?
The two primary water plants were Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace. Underground waste disposal causing spills and leaks along with incorrect disposal from an off-site dry cleaner resulted in contamination at the water treatment plants and the distribution system for both MCAS New River and Camp Lejeune. Occasionally, water also came from the Holcomb Boulevard system.
Veterans and their families who have been harmed by water contamination at Camp Lejeune are able to seek damages through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act by filing a claim against the Marines.
Even if you or they already receive compensation or other medical compensation from the VA for the Camp Lejeune water, you are still eligible to file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
Various factors may influence the settlement amount for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit from water contamination. Every case is unique and there is no guarantee of compensation or a specific amount. Some factors that may be considered include:
Those who were based at Camp Lejeune between 1957 to 1987 need to be aware of their legal options and understand their rights.
The Camp Lejeune attorneys at Levin & Perconti are dedicated to fighting for water contamination victims’ rights. We can be contacted 24-7 through an online form or call us at (855) 929-6041 to arrange a free consultation. Our lawyers are available to assist with you or your family members questions.