Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
If you are a veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune or anyone else who resided at or worked at the Marine base for an extended period of time before 1987, you were likely exposed to toxic chemicals which existed in the tap water.
Testing found that the drinking water sources at Camp Lejeune contained a variety of toxic chemicals. Although officials were aware of the contamination, they never addressed the problem, leaving generations of Americans to be exposed to the water’s toxicity.
If you or a someone you care about is suffering from or has succumbed to any illness or disease related to exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, compensation may be available to you under the recently signed Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 (PACT Act). Call Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC today at (312) 586-1700 to find out if you qualify.
What is the PACT Act?
The PACT Act is a new federal law that provides VA health care and benefits to Veterans (and their survivors) who are suffering or have lost their lives due to toxic exposure.
Within the PACT Act is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), which creates a new federal cause of action for veterans, and other individuals, who resided, worked at, or were in any other way exposed to the contaminated water at the US Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, North Carolina for 30 days or longer, between August 1953 and December 1987.
Essentially, under the PACT Act, anyone who meets the criteria above may file a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to obtain compensation for an illness or disease caused by their exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
What Contaminants Were Found in The Water at Camp Lejeune?
The water sources at Camp Lejeune were found to be contaminated with industrial solvents, such as Benzene and numerous other toxins, including:
- Vinyl Chloride (VC)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene (DCE)
- Heavy metals
- Various polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
All of these chemicals are carcinogens, which means that they are known to cause cancer.
Illnesses and Diseases Associated with the Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
The CLJA does not specify a distinct list of illnesses and diseases that will make a person eligible to file a lawsuit. That said, some of the many illnesses and diseases that have already been associated with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are as follows:
- Brain, Esophageal, Lung, Breast, Ovarian, Rectal, Liver, Cervical, Bladder, Prostate, Kidney, and Central Nervous System Cancer
- Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Other diseases associated with exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune include:
- Cardiac defect
- Fatty liver disease
- Female infertility
- Immune disorders
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
If you or a someone you care about spent time at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and developed any one of these serious diseases, it may be associated with exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, and you should consult with an experienced attorney to discuss your eligibility for compensation.
Who is Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?
A veteran or anyone else who was stationed at, lived, worked, spent time, or was in any other way exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, for 30 days or longer, between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, or their legal representative may file a claim for compensation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina for any harm suffered as a result of exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune. Essentially, this means a lawsuit can be brought by or on behalf of anyone who was at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or longer during the covered period, but also on behalf of their spouse, children, and even an unborn child.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect From My Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?
No one can say in advance what amount of compensation you should expect to receive when your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit is resolved. Anyone who claims to know in advance what the actual values will be at the end of your case is not being truthful with you.
That said, the various damages you can recover from your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit include such things as:
- The cost of medical care to treat your illness or disease
- Lost wages and income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Loss of earning capacity
What’s more, if your loved one died as a result of an illness or disease associated with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you and your family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim to obtain compensation for damages like funeral or burial expenses, the decedent’s final medical costs, and the decedent’s pain and suffering prior to death.
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit before it is too late, is generally two years from the date the CLJA was signed (August 10, 2022). Therefore, it is important that you consult with an attorney right away regarding your eligibility to recover damages related to your exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
How Much Will a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Cost?
You will incur no out-of-pocket costs. Therefore, it will essentially cost you nothing to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. You will only be charged a fee if our skilled attorneys recover compensation on your behalf, and that will be a percentage of the settlement. If there is no settlement, you will pay us nothing.
Why Hire Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC to Assist Me With My Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?
Our experienced trial attorneys can ensure you have the evidence, expert testimony, and representation needed to protect your rights and recover the compensation that you and your family deserve.
We can ensure that your voice is heard, the story of your suffering is told, and that you receive every cent of compensation you are entitled to recover for losses associated with your exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
Our award-winning law firm has recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. For more information about a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, reach out to Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC at (312) 586-1700, or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation with a skilled trial attorney.