Camp LeJeune Water Contamination Lawyer
Service men and women stationed at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune who suffered illness due to contaminants in the drinking water might be eligible for compensation and VA disability benefits.
In 1985, experts found that two water wells on the base had several dangerous chemicals, including trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride. These chemicals can cause cancer, birth defects, and other serious health conditions.
Experts believe that the contamination came from industrial wastewater, solvents, oil, and degreasers that were dumped in storm drains. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) labeled the base a major polluter, which prompted the military to make changes to reduce the contaminants, but the damage had already been done.
Congress passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 in June 2022, which ensures that those who were harmed by these contaminated wells could sue for damages and seek disability benefits. Estimates show that as many as one million service members and their families were exposed to the drinking water during the contamination period.
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Who Is Eligible for LeJeune Water Contamination Compensation?
To be eligible for compensation, you’ll need to show that you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 consecutive days between August 1953 and December 1987. You’ll also need to show a medical diagnosis or evidence of a presumptive condition listed below.
- Aplastic anemia
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
You must demonstrate that you were a veteran, reservist, or guardsman at the camp during the water contamination period. Family members of those stationed at the camp can also pursue out-of-pocket medical care reimbursement costs.
What Compensation Am I Eligible For?
If you have suffered an ailment that is linked to the pollutants in the water at Camp Lejeune, you might be eligible for the following types of compensation:
- Medical bill reimbursement
- Payment for ongoing medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Disability coverage from the VA
To make a claim, you’ll need the following documentation, which Stewart & Stewart can help you secure.
- Documentation showing you served at Camp Lejeune or that you were a dependent of a service person who served at the camp. Dependents can show a marriage license or birth certificate.
- Proof that you resided at the camp for at least 30 consecutive days from August 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987. To prove this, you might use your service orders or housing records.
- Bills for medical care relating to a covered condition under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021.
The Legal Team You Need to Pursue a Lawsuit
You can apply for VA disability benefits without the documentation listed above but it will take far longer for the Department of Defense to validate your claims. And, you’ll only be eligible for medical bill reimbursement and disability benefits. You cannot pursue a lawsuit to seek pain and suffering without legal representation.
Stewart & Stewart will protect your legal rights and help you win the expense reimbursement you deserve after serving your country. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.
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