If you or a loved one served or worked at Camp Lejeune and were subsequently diagnosed with cancer or a serious health condition, you may be entitled to compensation. Thousands of military service members and their families were exposed to contaminated water at the base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) report on Camp Lejeune, as many as one million people including military and civilian staff and their families may have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water.
You Have Limited Time to Act
On June 16, 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 passed the Senate and is awaiting signature by President Biden. Once enacted, victims exposed to water contaminated with toxic chemicals at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina have a two year time period to file a lawsuit. Qualified individuals include anybody exposed while on base, including military personnel, family members, and employees.
You may also be entitled to health care reimbursement from the U.S. government. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has set up a special benefits program for veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at the base. There is more than $2 billion in government disability benefits available to provide health care to victims.
Your time to file is limited. To see if you are qualified, call The Kryder Law Group today for your free consultation.
Marine Corps Base camp Lejeune is a U.S. military base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina which focuses on training Marine Corps cadets. Founded in 1941 during WWII, Camp Lejeune has housed hundreds of thousands of soldiers and almost a million family members and employees since it opened.
Beginning in the 1950s, the federal government started dumping poisonous toxins at the site, which eventually leaked into the groundwater that the Camp’s residents used for drinking and bathing.
Studies suggest that the contaminants reached hundreds or even thousands of times the levels that are deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many of these chemicals are referred to as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are associated with rare birth defects, cancers, skin rashes, kidney failure, and diseases of the nervous system.
Toxic Chemicals found in Camp Lejeune Water
Multiple sources likely contributed to the leaching of dangerous chemicals into the water supply, and the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants supplied water to the two affected systems according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry report.
Some chemicals founds in the groundwater that have adverse health effects include:
Benzene, which is commonly found in plastics
Perchloroethylene (PCE) an industrial dry cleaning solvent also used for metal degreasing
Trichloroethylene (TCE) for metal degreasing
Tetrachloroethylene for scouring fabrics and for water repellant
Vinyl chloride (VCl) for pipes, upholstery, and wire coatings
Making matters worse, the government knew of the toxic water contamination as early as the 1950s but did nothing to stop it or warn its Camp Lejeune’s residents.
North Carolina Statute of Repose Denied Coverage for Victims
After scientists blew the whistle on the operation, defense lawyers initially denied coverage for the death and suffering caused by the drinking water contamination with toxic substances, relying on a little known North Carolina statute known as the Statute of Repose.
Under the Statute of Repose, accident victims have a limited amount of time to file suit for their injuries, even when they did not know they were entitled to compensation. And this was the case with the drinking water at Camp Lejeune.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
Fortunately, the United States Congress recently passed legislation overriding the Statute of Repose by allowing victims to file lawsuits directly in federal court. Referred to as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, this legislation grants the hundreds of thousands of victims affected by the contamination of water at camp Lejeune a two year timeframe to file claims.
What medical problems are associated with the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
VOCs are highly cytotoxic and cause damage to victims’ chromosomes and bone marrow cells. This damage in turn causes rare diseases and cancers in victims. The VA recognizes and may reimburse servicemembers and their families for paid health care expenses related to these 15 conditions, including:
VOCs have also been proven to cause birth defects such as miscarriage, blindness, deafness, disfigurement in limbs, childhood cancers, organ failure, cognitive disorders, and cerebral palsy.
Presumptive Service Conditions
The U.S. government has recognized eight conditions associated with the water contamination at Camp Lejeune that are considered to have a presumptive service connection:
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or another serious health condition and you believe it may be related to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, you should contact a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, our experienced personal injury lawyers have represented seriously injured victims including veterans and their families. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Who qualifies for compensation?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 applies to any individual who was exposed for at least 30 days to water that was supplied by or on behalf of the United States between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. This legislation does not only apply to military personnel. It also includes:
Spouses, children, and other family members
Babies exposed in utero
Cadets and soldiers
Veterans, reservists, and the national guard
All branches of the United States Military
On base workers and employees
If you are unsure whether you or a loved one qualify for compensation for your health conditions, an experienced Camp Lejeune lawyer can help you determine your eligibility.
What type of compensation can victims receive?
Camp Lejeune victims may be eligible for a variety of different types of compensation, including:
Medical or health care expenses
Pain and suffering
Lost wages and earning potential
Loss of enjoyment of life
How do I make a claim?
If you or a family member was stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time the water was contaminated and have suffered from any of the aforementioned health conditions, you may be entitled to compensation.
The first step is to contact an experienced attorney at The Kryder Law Group, LLC, who can help you file a claim against the United States government.
An attorney can also help ensure that your claim is filed within the two-year window created by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. Don’t wait to get help – contact an attorney today.
Do I have a valid claim?
Unlike most personal injury claims, you do not need to prove negligence to recover under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. To make a claim under the Act, you must show that the relationship between the exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and your health conditions are:
Sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship exists, or
Sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship is at least as likely as not.
In short, your claim will need to be filed in federal court, and you will need to show medical evidence of your injuries and how your need for health care is related to exposure to the drinking water.
What should I do if I lived or worked at Camp Lejeune?
The federal government has limited the time you have to file a lawsuit. Don’t let time run out—if you were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and have health problems, contact The Kryder Law Group today. We can help you understand your legal options and file a claim before it’s too late.
The Kryder Law Group provides free case consultations and works on a contingency fee basis, so we are not paid until you recover compensation for your injuries.
What You Can Expect When You Call The Kryder Law Group
When you contact The Kryder Law Group, we will:
Conduct a free, no-obligation case evaluation to determine if you qualify for compensation;
Answer all of your questions and address any concerns you have about your case;
Provide an honest assessment of your legal options and the likely outcome of your case;
Help you understand the claims process and what to expect at each step;
Collect all evidence and documents necessary to build a strong claim on your behalf;
Work tirelessly to negotiate a fair settlement with the government; and
Take your case to trial if we are unable to secure the compensation you deserve through negotiation.
The Kryder Law Group has successfully represented thousands of clients and recovered millions of dollars. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to handle even the most complex cases.
Call us today for a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers.
Who is eligible for VA Disability Benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides disability benefits and health care to veterans who were exposed to the contaminated water supply while stationed at Camp Lejeune. In order to receive disability compensation, you must be able to show that your illness is related to your exposure to the contaminated water.
To be eligible for disability compensation, both of these statements must be true:
You served at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987, and
You didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the military
You must also have a diagnosis of one or more of these presumptive conditions:
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes