Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Injury Lawyers

More than one million people may have been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, putting them at risk for various forms of cancer and other serious illnesses. This is currently the worst water contamination case in the history of the nation.

If you or a loved one lived or worked at the base and have been diagnosed with a severe medical problem, our Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation. The U.S. government has allocated more than $21 billion for those injured by toxic water.

There are no upfront costs, and the initial legal consultation is free of charge. Our firm has a proven track record representing injured victims, having recovered millions on behalf of our clients.

Thousands have already filed lawsuits and there are likely to be many more. However, there is limited time to take legal action, so it is critical that you contact a mass tort attorney right away.

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Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

Anyone who lived or worked at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may have been affected by contaminated water and may be eligible to file a lawsuit. This includes:

  • Military veterans
  • Workers
  • Families of veterans or workers
  • Many others

If you have any loved ones (spouse, children, grandparents) who were fatally injured by toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you may be able to seek compensation on their behalf. This is true even if your loved one passed away years or decades ago.

Affected Base Housing Areas

Anyone who lived at the following base housing areas may have been exposed to the contaminated water:

  • Midway Park
  • Paradise Point
  • Tarawa Terrace
  • Watkins Village
  • Knox Trailer Park, also known as Frenchman’s Point
  • Berkeley Manor
  • Hadnot Point
  • Hospital Point

Qualifying Health Conditions

Water at the base was contaminated with more than 70 dangerous chemicals, including:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • Benzene
  • Trans-1, 2-dichloroethylene (DCE)
  • Vinyl chloride

TCE and PCE are used for dry cleaning and for cleaning metal. Benzene is used to make other chemicals involved in the manufacture of resins, plastics, nylon and synthetic fibers. Benzene can also be used to create detergents, pesticides, rubber, dyes and lubricants. Vinyl chloride is a gas that is created when TCE and PCE deteriorate. This gas is used to make pipes, coatings and packing materials.

People who were exposed to these chemicals are at an increased risk for many severe medical issues, including:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Different forms of leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Breast cancer
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Liver cancer
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Birth defects
  • Female infertility
  • Parkinson’s
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Miscarriages
  • Neurobehavioral issues
  • Scleroderma
  • And many other illnesses

How You May Have Been Exposed to Contaminated Water

You may have been exposed to contaminated water in various ways, such as by drinking it, bathing in it, cooking with it or using the water for cleaning. It is likely that many people were exposed to these toxic, dangerous chemicals in multiple ways while they worked or lived on base.

The severity of your injuries depends on various factors, including how long you were exposed and the amount of chemicals you were exposed to. The age of the victim can also affect the severity of the injury.

Will a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Diminish Your VA Benefits?

Veterans who were injured by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune can seek benefits from the VA for disability and health care. Applying for or receiving these benefits will not affect a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, meaning the lawsuit will not reduce benefits you are receiving now or may receive in the future.

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How Many Camp Lejeune Lawsuits Have Been Filed?

Thousands of lawsuits have already been filed and there are sure to be a lot more, considering that so many people were exposed to toxic water over more than 30 years.

However, there is limited time to act, as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 set a two-year deadline to file a claim. Once the deadline passes, victims lose the right to seek compensation for their injuries.

Compensation For Camp Lejeune Victims

If you or a loved one were injured by contaminated water, you may be able to seek various forms of compensation under federal law, including:

  • Past lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering related to your injuries and treatment of those injuries
  • Past medical care
  • Future medical care

It may also be possible to secure compensation for punitive damages.

The types of compensation and the amount will depend on various factors specific to your claim, such as:

  • Your injuries and their severity
  • How long you were exposed
  • The amount of toxic chemicals you were exposed to

In September 2023, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Justice announced a tiered payout system for certain victims who file Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits. The goal of this system is to speed up the resolution of these cases.

Under this system, payments will be between $100,000 and $550,000. The amount each claimant receives will be based on their specific illness and length of exposure.

The tiered settlement system is limited to those who suffered specific illnesses.

Tier 1 Illnesses

  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Bladder cancer

The payouts for tier one qualifying Illnesses are as follows:

  • $150,000 for those who were on the base between 30 and 364 days
  • $300,000 for those who were on the base between one and five years
  • $450,000 for those who were on the base for more than five years

Tier 2 Illnesses

  • Multiple myeloma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Kidney disease or end stage renal disease
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Systemic scleroderma

The payouts for tier two illnesses are as follows:

  • $100,000 for those on the base between 30 and 364 days
  • $250,000 for those on the base between one and five years
  • $400,000 for those who were on the base for more than five years

How Much Time Is There To File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

If you were injured by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you have until August 10, 2024, to file a claim for compensation. If you fail to file a claim before this date, you will not be eligible to seek compensation for your medical care and other damages.

There is less than a year to act, so you should contact an experienced lawyer right away to review your legal options.

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Research Linking Camp Lejeune Water to Serious Illnesses

Public health organizations have known about the dangers of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for decades. In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put Camp Lejeune on the National Priorities List (NPL) of sites known to have released hazardous substances or contaminants.

One year later, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) said PCE was a contaminant of concern at the Tarawa Terrace drinking water system. The ATSDR noted the groundwater was contaminated even though the well had been removed.

These discoveries continued for the next three decades. In January of 2017, ATSDR said Camp Lejeune drinking water may cause serious diseases like kidney cancer, bladder cancer, leukemia and liver cancer. There was another study in 2018 linking chemicals in Camp Lejeune drinking water to an increased risk of bladder and kidney cancer.

Call Our Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers Today

Filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit may allow you and your family to recover the compensation you need to treat your medical issues. Without compensation, victims may be unable to afford the treatment they need to help improve their quality of life. Compensation can also provide the financial security your family needs.

There is a deadline for taking legal action, so if you lived or worked on the base, it is important that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to discuss legal options. Exploring legal options is an important step when you find out you suffered preventable injuries caused by another’s negligence.

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