Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
Anyone who lived, worked, or visited the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune during the 1980s or earlier was exposed to dangerous toxic chemicals in the camp’s water supply. Many people suffered serious health problems as a result.
Finally recognizing the harm caused by the chemicals in the water, Congress has now authorized victims to seek relief through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Find out whether you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation.
Who Can File a Claim?
You can file a claim for your own injuries or on behalf of a victim who has passed away. The injured person can be a current or former service member, a family member who lived on base, or non-military staff who worked on base. Even victims who were in-utero and not yet born when their mother was exposed to the toxic water could qualify for relief.
To recover under the new law, the victim must have been at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. Those 30 days do not need to be consecutive. As long as the victim was exposed for at least 30 days between those key dates, then that is enough to satisfy eligibility requirements.
What Harm Did the Water on Base Cause to Victims?
During the critical years, drinking water in facilities throughout the base was drawn from wells contaminated with toxic chemicals. This includes the water people drank in their homes, in daycare centers, and in the hospital. The toxic chemicals in the water have been linked to numerous forms of cancer and other potentially deadly ailments. Victims harmed by the contaminated water could suffer from:
- Lung cancer
- Leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Brain cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Bladder and kidney cancer, as well as other kidney damage
- Cardiac defects
- Liver cancer and hepatic steatosis
- Multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia, and myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral disorders
In addition, in-utero exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to considerable harm in children including a high rate of birth defects, miscarriages, and childhood cancers.
Compensation That Could Be Available Under the Law
Victims who suffered due to the contaminated water and the families affected by their losses may be eligible to receive compensation to make up for a number of factors. They can receive damages to cover direct economic losses such as the cost of medical treatment and wages lost due to the inability to work. They could also recover damages for intangible losses such as emotional anguish, pain, suffering, and the loss of companionship.
Zweben Law Group Will Fight to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Civilians and military personnel suffered harm caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for decades before someone finally addressed the problem. Then it took decades more for the government to finally allow victims to obtain justice.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a medical condition related to the water at Camp Lejeune, don’t wait any longer. Contact the experienced team at Zweben Law Group so we can start working to get you the compensation you deserve.
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