Justice For Victims Of Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune
A new federal law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act finally makes it possible for people who developed illnesses after being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to seek compensation.
If you or a family member were stationed at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987, and developed health problems, you may be able to seek compensation from the U.S. Government.
What Happened At Camp Lejeune?
Decades Of Unclean Water Ignored By The Military, Government
From 1953 to 1987, Camp Lejeune water contained dangerous carcinogens at up to 280 times the recommended safety limits. These chemicals, which are believed to have leaked into the groundwater from a number of sources, were found on two on-base water wells. They included:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
These poisons were in the water people used to drink, bathe, and wash their dishes and clothing. Thousands of marines, their families, and civilian staff were exposed and eventually diagnosed with various forms of cancer and other serious health problems. The contaminated water wells were shut down in 1985.
Despite decades of health complications and tragic deaths, neither the military nor the federal government acknowledged responsibility — until now. The passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a major milestone in the struggle to give the victims of Camp Lejeune water exposure a chance at justice. But the clock is ticking.
To maximize the compensation you recover, working with an experienced attorney can be invaluable. The personal injury lawyers at The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., are here to help you fight for justice. We have the experience and dedication to your best interests necessary to show the government that you are entitled to compensation for damages like medical bills, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.
Who Qualifies For Camp Lejeune Compensation?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows anyone who lived or worked at the base for at least 30 days during the Aug. 1, 1953 to Dec. 31, 1987 time period and suffered health effects as a result to file a claim against the U.S. government. Even if you received treatment from the Veterans Administration, you can still seek compensation.
Eligible Presumptive Illnesses
The following presumptive illnesses are recognized by the VA to qualify for Camp Lejeune compensation:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
However, toxic water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to other diseases and health problems that may qualify for compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, including:
- Birth defects
- Blood cell disorders (myelodysplastic syndromes)
- Breast cancer (in men and women)
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Heart problems
- Kidney problems
- Liver disease (hepatic steatosis)
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Female Infertility, miscarriages and stillbirths
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Neurological disorders
Take Advantage Of The New Law Before It’s Too Late
Potential plaintiffs have two years from the date the law went into effect – Aug. 10, 2022 – to take action. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact The Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., at 303-800-3168 in Colorado, 307-414-9438 in Wyoming to schedule an appointment at our Denver or Cheyenne locations. You can also request a free consultation by sending an online contact form.