Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit
If you lived or worked North Carolina’s USMC Base Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987 and suffered cancer, miscarriage, Parkinson’s disease, or birth defects, you could be entitled to treatment and compensation under a new law called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.
OnderLaw is proud to have not only helped to draft this important bill, but we also spent more than $1 million educating lawmakers about its importance. We believe in doing what is right, and what happened to hundreds of thousands of Marines, their families, and contracted workers at one of the largest military bases in the nation is an insult to our country.
For decades, military families residing at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were exposed to drinking water contaminated with deadly toxins from dry cleaning waste, munitions-cleaning chemicals and a giant fuel spill that ran into the water supply for many years. Once the toxins were discovered, the military and the government went to great lengths to avoid accountability.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides veterans, their families, and contract workers who lived or worked at the Marine Corps base the opportunity to seek compensation if they were diagnosed with:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Renal toxicity
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Female infertility
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Hepatic steatosis
- Birth defects
- Neurobehavioral effects
For many years, the majority of these claims were rejected by the Veterans’ Administration. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act shifts much of the burden of proof with the government regarding these illnesses and conditions associated with the toxic water at Camp Lejeune and its satellites, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Geiger, Stone Bay, Courthouse Bay, Camp Johnson, and the Sandy Run Training Area.
We are ready to stand with those who stand for us.
Time is of the essence. Contact us immediately for a free, no-obligation to discuss your situation.
Helping Those Exposed to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune
Our OnderLaw team of toxic water attorneys are prepared to assist those who:
- Haven’t yet claimed any disability benefits or received health care with Veterans Affairs
- Haven’t yet claimed disability benefits but have received health care with Veterans Affairs
- Have attempted to obtain disability benefits with Veterans Affairs but had their application rejected.
Under the bill, veterans will be able to receive compensation and health care benefits through a civil lawsuit, though any amount that the court awards them will be offset by benefits and compensation they already receive from Veterans Affairs, which has provided some financial relief for victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune under the 2011 Janey Ensminger Act.
Family members of veterans, including children who were not yet born at the time, who lived on the base for at least 30 days during this period can also bring a lawsuit. However, they can only recover health care reimbursement and not compensation.
Why Couldn’t Camp Lejeune Veterans File a Lawsuit for Birth Defects and Cancer Before?
Until this bill was introduced, victims of water contamination in North Carolina had no legitimate legal recourse even if they were seriously injured or harmed, thanks to North Carolina’s statute of repose.
The statute of repose is different from a statute of limitations. While the statute of limitations (in a personal injury case, for instance) begins when the victim is injured, the statute of repose begins on the date the defendant’s misconduct began, even if no one is injured yet. In this case, water on the base was contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals, fuel, and other toxins dating back to the 1950s.
In North Carolina, the statute of repose on polluters is 10 years, which means that anyone who suffered one of the listed conditions after being exposed to toxins in the water supply at Camp Lejeune would not have been able to take legal action today.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act removed that legal barrier, and victims of water contamination are now allowed to sidestep the statute of repose to bring a civil suit against the government.
Do I Need a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer?
OnderLaw has been part of this legislation from the beginning. We know what’s involved and we know how to maximize your claim. Unfortunately, despite our efforts to ensure that everyone who deserves compensation is eligible, it is still full of government red tape. The claim process is not easy to navigate.
If you or one of your family members is suffering from one of the conditions mentioned above and you lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 to 1987, our dedicated Camp Lejeune Justice Team could help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve.
Although the Camp Lejeune Justice Act only addresses medical care compensation, our firm also has the necessary resources to help veterans seek the disability benefits they deserve through Veteran Affairs. If your disability claim was rejected, we are happy to help you appeal the decision.
It is important to note that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act only guarantees that victims have an opportunity to bring their cases before a court, regardless of the statute of repose. Any victim of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune must still prove their case to recover financial relief. You will need competent legal representation to help you gather evidence to support your lawsuit and demonstrate liability before the court.
Under the proposed law, victims will have two years from the date the bill passes to file a lawsuit against the government under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Time is of the essence. Let OnderLaw Camp Lejeune Justice team stand up for your rights today.
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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlement Amounts
If you or a loved one were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you are likely concerned about how much money you’re owed and how much you’re entitled to receive. The U.S. government has already set aside $2.2 billion for disability benefits and estimates that as many as 900,000 service members might have been exposed to contaminated water, according to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). These figures likely do not take into account the families of service members stationed at Camp Lejeune.
Because it is not yet known how many people might qualify to receive compensation, and because the severity and impact of each individual’s illness may be different, it is difficult to put an exact estimate on the settlement you’ll be entitled to. Fortunately, with an experienced toxic exposure attorney on your side, you could get the answers you need and deserve.
Brief History of Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
Contamination was first discovered at Camp Lejeune in 1982, when the Marine Corps found multiple VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, in the water supply. These compounds are linked to certain cancers and other illnesses. The deadly toxins included:
- Vinyl chloride
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Other hazardous compounds
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has stated that these toxins began to contaminate water at Camp Lejeune in the early 1950s. The majority of water wells containing contaminated water were not retired until 1985 – more than 30 years later. Countless Marines and their families, as well as contracted workers were exposed to these toxins in the interim.
Contact a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Attorney Now
If you resided or served at Camp Lejeune any time between the beginning of 1953 and the end of 1987 and later became ill due to water contamination, contact the products liability attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC right away. Our team is ready to help you recover the full and fair compensation you deserve for the illness you’ve suffered. Our consultations are 100% free, and you don’t pay a penny until we win your case.
Call 800-799-2824 now. Together, we are making a difference.
The Overholt Law Firm, PC, 2505 College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412 in association with OnderLaw, LLC is responsible for this ad. OnderLaw attorneys are not licensed to practice in North Carolina. Any and all potential Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims and causes of action that OnderLaw, LLC may investigate and pursue are strictly limited to federal law tort claims exclusively created under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, and OnderLaw, LLC will not pursue any North Carolina state law claims or causes of action. OnderLaw, LLC attorneys are licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, and California.
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