Do I Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?
Nearly one million people were exposed to toxic water contamination while stationed, working, or living at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. Spillage and leaks from underground storage tanks, waste disposal, and other contamination sources exposed those at Camp Lejeune to dangerous volatile organic compounds. This exposure has been linked to many forms of cancer and other serious diseases. It is also linked to miscarriage, female infertility, and birth defects. Many victims have been diagnosed with neurological problems.
It was not until 1982 that the U.S. Marine Corps discovered these potentially deadly chemicals in the drinking water–but it was not until 1987 that all contaminated wells were removed.
A Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit can help you and your family receive the care necessary to fight diseases caused by exposure to these toxins. Call the law offices of Douglas & London to find out if you qualify.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, anyone who worked at or lived at the base from 1953 to 1987 for at least 30 days and was exposed to the toxins in the water may file a claim against the U.S. government. This is neither a class action lawsuit nor a VA claim. Instead, it is a civil claim for providing compensation for the damages suffered by those exposed to the contaminated water.
Victims have two years to file from the statute’s enactment date.
Camp Lejeune Diseases
Diseases named in Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits as caused by toxin exposure include the following cancers:
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Other diseases named in the lawsuit include Parkinson’s Disease, fatty liver disease, renal toxicity, and cardiac defects.
To qualify for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit, you must have spent more than 30 days there during the specific time period. While 30 days is the minimum time period, it does not have to consist of consecutive days.
If the VA has already paid for medical expenses, the victim may still qualify for medical reparation coverage, in addition to pain and suffering and the loss of quality of life. However, no one receives two payments for the same instance.
If the victim has died, family members may file on the deceased’s behalf. They must first set up an estate on the behalf of the deceased.
Building the case will require evidence, such as medical records and testimony.
Contact an Attorney at Douglas and London
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune during this period and suffered symptoms of illnesses caused by water contamination, you need the services of the experienced water contamination lawyers at Douglas and London. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We will evaluate your case and let you know your eligibility. If eligible, we may be able to negotiate a settlement so that you can receive compensation for your medical treatment and more. If no settlement is reached, we may take your case to trial.