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Camp Lejeune water contamination claims

Between 1952 and 1987, soldiers who were stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the family members who lived with them on the site were exposed to multiple toxic agents from drinking water. As a part of the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, veterans can now receive free healthcare from the VA medical facilities around the country if they were on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days, even if they do not have a disease which might be caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals. Their family members are also eligible for compensation, which a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases will help them recover from the liable party. However, both soldiers and family members must have a disease, which is related to toxic exposure in order to qualify for compensation. Thereby, if you are a soldier or a family member in this situation, we strongly encourage you to take legal action with the assistance of our skillful attorneys.

Who was exposed to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune?

Camp Lejeune was a Marine Corps military base during the last century and soldiers who were stationed there were often accompanied by their family members. The water system which was serving the Tarawa Terrace military housing area was heavily contaminated with chemicals dumped in the environment by one off-base dry cleaner, whereas the Hadnot Point water system supplying the main portion of the base was contaminated with toxic agents from multiple sources, such as leaking underground storage tanks, industrial area spills and leaking from a toxic waste dump.

Because the camp dumped several toxic agents on the site, which subsequently ended up in drinking water, numerous people who were present on this military base came to struggle with terrible health conditions and diseases.

According to researchers, the levels of toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune were 240 to 3400 times higher than the permissible limit. Over 1 million military personnel and their family members were stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, numerous of who came to struggle with terrible health issues as a result of exposure to the chemicals present in the area. The VA estimates that up to 900,000 servicemen and women, as well as their family members, were exposed to toxic substances over a period of 30 years.

The following groups of people and their family members are eligible for compensation if they were present at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for at least 30 days. If you qualify for compensation, our skillful attorneys will carefully assess your case and promptly begin working on your claim for Camp Lejeune.

  • veterans
  • reservists
  • guardsmen
  • wives
  • husbands
  • children

Whether you are a veteran, a family member of one, a reservist, or a guardsman, our resourceful legal team will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional suffering. The children of women who were pregnant while spending time at Camp Lejeune are also entitled to compensation if they came to struggle with a health problem. There is solid medical and scientific evidence supporting the causal relation between drinking contaminated water from Camp Lejeune and multiple serious health issues. Veterans who decide to take legal action must bring their military records, which must state that they were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days, as well as the documents which state that they were not dishonorably discharged from the military. Their medical records are required as well. Since 1990, we have been pursuing toxic exposure cases for veterans injured by toxic agents and their family members and will gladly help you, too.

Cancer patients and family members are eligible for compensation

If you developed cancer as a result of drinking contaminated water while staying at Camp Lejeune, whether you are a veteran or a family member of one, you are entitled to financial compensation. Cancer is the most serious disease that can stem from consuming tainted water, so the compensation our attorneys, who have been pursuing toxic exposure cases since 1990, will help you recover will be substantial and will help you afford superior healthcare and treatment for your disease. The legal process is simple and will take less than one hour to complete, as our resourceful legal team will efficiently take care of the majority of aspects involved in preparing your claim. For a free of charge case evaluation, please contact our law firm today and we will gladly listen to you.

Which toxic agents were dumped in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune?

The dangerous chemicals which ended up in the body of soldiers and their family members at Camp Lejeune mostly stem from degreasers, oil, industrial wastewater, radioactive chemicals, and solvents. Volatile organic compounds are the chemicals which caused the contamination. There were two main volatile organic compounds initially detected in Camp Lejeune's water supply: a dry cleaning solvent and a degreaser.

Nevertheless, later studies found that there were up to 70 other chemicals in the water which can lead to serious health problems. If you ingested these toxic agents, you have a high risk of developing a serious disease as a consequence of exposure. Recent medical studies found a direct causal relation between exposure to these chemicals and multiple types of cancer. It is noteworthy that exposure to these dangerous chemicals also occurred when the people at Camp Lejeune would bathe in contaminated water, use it for cooking, and washed their clothes in it. The following dangerous chemicals were present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during the last century:

  • trichloroethylene
  • perchloroethylene
  • vinyl chloride
  • benzene
  • halogenated hydrocarbons
  • trihalomethanes

Exposure to all of the above toxic agents can lead to the development of terrible health issues over the years, as once they enter the body, they remain there, gradually damaging the organs they attach themselves to. Thereby, if you are a veteran or have a family member who was present on Camp Lejeune between 1952 and 1987, we strongly advise you to take legal action, as not only will you recover the compensation you deserve, but will also hold the responsible party accountable for their negligent actions. Two of eight water treatment facilities supplying water to the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina were contaminated with volatile organic compounds from 1957 through 1987. Furthermore, in September 2012, 12 pounds of mercury were found at the Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant at Camp Lejeune. The water plant was offline for several weeks to clean up the mercury.

What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune?

Because the chemicals which made their way into drinking water at Camp Lejeune are highly toxic to the human body, people who were exposed are now at great risk of developing a serious, even fatal disease as a result of exposure. If you notice a new onset of symptoms and were stationed at Camp Lejeune as a soldier or as a family member, please seek medical attention immediately, as you may have already developed a disease.

The following are the diseases and health issues associated with exposure to the toxic agents present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune:

Misdiagnosis of the diseases which can occur as a result of drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

When it comes to cancer, misdiagnosis is very common, as the symptoms of the disease often resemble the signs of more common and less serious health problems. For this reason, we strongly advise you to seek a second opinion from a medical specialist, as you may have received a wrong diagnosis. With over 25 years of experience, the medical experts we collaborate with can offer you a free of charge screening, which will result in assigning you a correct and accurate diagnosis. Thereby, if you spent at least 30 days at camp Lejeune, whether you are a veteran or a family member of one, please reach out to us and we will gladly examine you. Here are the most common misdiagnoses for all the diseases which can occur as a result of drinking the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune:

  • bladder cancer: cystitis, prostate infection, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma, bladder papilloma, overactive bladder, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and kidney infection
  • leukemia: immune thrombocytopenic purpura, influenza, bleeding disorders, autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome, aplastic anemia, mononucleosis, thrombocytosis, myelodysplastic syndromes, and chronic lymphoproliferative illness
  • multiple myeloma: kidney damage, neurological symptoms, hypercalcemia, amyloidosis, bone pain, and anemia
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: indolent T-cell lymphoproliferative disease of the gastrointestinal tract, costochondritis, ovarian cysts, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, and gastroenteritis
  • liver cancer: cirrhosis, gastroenteritis, influenza, gallstones, alveolar hydatid disease, fatty liver, hepatic hemangioma, liver abscess, mosses syndrome, and pancreatic cancer
  • breast cancer: fibroadenomas, blocked milk duct, breast cysts, fibrocystic breast disease, lipomas, fibroids, and pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia
  • lung cancer: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, lung abscess, lung nodules, acid reflux, pneumonia, pleural effusion, tuberculosis, pleural plaques, lymphoma, and pulmonary embolism
  • birth defects: diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, anemia, preeclampsia, and ectopic pregnancy
  • kidney cancer: urine infection, cystitis, kidney stones, respiratory problems, renal toxicity, kidney disease, kidney failure, and renal cell carcinoma
  • miscarriage: viable pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, and heterotopic pregnancy
  • ovarian cancer: irritable bowel syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian cyst, urinary tract infection, changing menopausal status and diverticulitis

What documents are necessary to apply for compensation?

While veterans only need to provide their attorney with their military records which state that they were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1957 and 1987 and that they were not dishonorably discharged, as well as with their medical records, their family members who were accompanying veterans must send additional documents if they decide to seek financial compensation, including the following:

  • a document stating your relationship to the veteran who served on active duty for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune, such as a marriage license, a birth certificate or adoption papers
  • a document proving that you lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987, such as utility bills, base housing records, military orders or tax forms
  • medical records showing you have one of the 15 conditions listed above, as well as the date the health problem was diagnosed and that you are being treated or have been treated in the past for this health problem

In addition to these documents, family members must also provide evidence of payment which was made between January 1, 1957, and December 31, 1987, or between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1956. It is worthy of note that only if you developed the following diseases you can qualify for compensation, as the rest of the above diseases are presumptive and thereby there is no definitive causal relation between those and exposure to the toxic agents at Camp Lejeune:

  • adult leukemia
  • aplastic anemia
  • myelodysplastic syndromes
  • bladder cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • liver cancer
  • multiple myeloma
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Parkinson's disease

Treatment costs for people who were injured by drinking contaminated water from Camp Lejeune

In the regrettable event that you came to struggle with a disease as a consequence of drinking contaminated water during your stay at Camp Lejeune, the compensation our attorneys will help you obtain will also cover the costs of your healthcare and treatment. This is another reason why we strongly encourage you to take legal action if you developed a disease as a result of drinking tainted water from Camp Lejeune. The following are the costs of treatment for the diseases which can occur following drinking contaminated water. However, it is important to keep in mind that these are estimated costs and thereby, you may have to pay more or less, depending on factors such as the severity of your disease.

  • bladder cancer: $65,158 per month
  • female infertility: $19,690 per session
  • leukemia: $25,531 per month
  • multiple myeloma: $4,477 per month
  • lymphoma: $14,174 per month
  • liver cancer: $28,000 per month
  • breast cancer: $70,000 per month
  • hepatic steatosis: $2,575 per month
  • lung cancer: $3,565 per month
  • myelodysplastic syndromes: $17,361
  • renal toxicity: $4,357 per month
  • birth defects: $1.5 billion
  • esophageal cancer: $9,263 per month
  • kidney cancer: $18,813 per month
  • miscarriage: $15,000
  • neurobehavioral effects: $27,000 per month
  • scleroderma: $191,107 per month
  • ovarian cancer: $93,000 per month

Testimonials of people who developed serious diseases as a consequence of staying at Camp Lejeune

Since over 900,000 people and their family members were exposed to the toxic agents present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune over a period of 30 years, numerous of these individuals sought financial compensation for the awful, even life-threatening diseases they came to struggle with, including from our law firm. The following are only some of the cases our skillful attorneys have pursued so far to recover fair compensation for veterans and their family members.

The woman, a mother of two, came to struggle with leukemia after drinking contaminated water for 2 years while staying at Camp Lejeune with her husband, who was in the U.S. Marine Corps at the time. She is 46 and, after experiencing a series of distressing symptoms, including fever, severe weight loss, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes, she sought medical attention. After several weeks, she received her leukemia diagnosis, which was stage 3. "We had no idea that the water was contaminated and everyone who was staying with us drank it without a care. I would have never imagined that by simply drinking water you can develop such a terrible disease", she says.

After spending 8 months at Camp Lejeune during 1964, William Smith, age 67, developed kidney cancer, which was very advanced when he was diagnosed. "Nobody warned us about the chemicals in the water, so we drank it every day without knowing about the danger", he recalls. The man decided to take legal action to recover the compensation he was entitled to for his awful diagnosis and our attorneys recovered a substantial sum of money on his behalf. Unfortunately, because his disease is so advanced, surgery is not a viable treatment option for William Smith, who is currently receiving palliative care.

As a veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps between 1954 and 1968, Thomas Ramirez was stationed at Camp Lejeune for 4 years, from where he regularly drank contaminated water. Today, he is struggling with lung cancer as a result of exposure to toxic agents. "Somehow, the chemicals in the water reached my lungs and now I have stage 2 lung cancer. The only good thing about this situation is that my disease was found just in time for me to undergo surgery", he says. Thomas Ramirez decided to take legal action with the help of our skillful attorneys and now he has enough money to afford to pay his medical expenses.

Richard Blackstone was stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1966 and 1983. Like the majority of people, he also drank tainted water during his stay at the military base, which resulted in liver cancer, a terrible diagnosis with which he is still struggling today. Unfortunately, his disease was discovered in advanced stages, and thereby, medical professionals can only administer him chemotherapy to ease his symptoms and he is also receiving palliative care. "We only found out about the water contamination when it was too late. I’ve drunk that water for 17 years, which definitely took a heavy toll on my health", he recalls. Our attorneys also helped him recover the financial compensation he was eligible for, which is a great help with regard to the cost of his healthcare and treatment costs.

As a wife of a U.S. Marine Corps soldier, Michelle Levine developed stage 3 bladder cancer after drinking contaminated water from Camp Lejeune for 2 years. While her disease was very advanced, she was still eligible for surgery, which gives her hope that her cancer will eventually go into remission. "Nobody knew that the water was contaminated at the time, so we drank it without thinking twice. I personally know three other people whom I met at Camp Lejeune and who were also injured", she remembers. Soon after finding out about her disease, she contacted our law firm in the hope of recovering compensation for her diagnosis, as Michelle Levine was struggling financially before receiving the awful news. We were able to provide her with the legal assistance she needed and now she has enough money to help her with the cost of her cancer treatment.

Today, Benjamin Thompson is a veteran who was also stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1959 and 1962. He inevitably drank contaminated water, as he was not aware of the dangerous chemicals present in it, and as a consequence, he developed esophageal cancer. "We didn’t know back then that the water was tainted, so we drank it on a regular basis. Not in my worst nightmares would I have thought that by drinking water I will receive such a serious diagnosis. My cancer was only stage 2 when it was found, which made me eligible for surgery, fortunately", he says. Because he needed more money to afford to pay for his medical expenses, Benjamin Thompson decided to reach out to our law firm, which helped him recover the compensation he was entitled to from Camp Lejeune.

As the son of a U.S. Marine Corps soldier, Nicholas Wilson came to develop lymphoma as a consequence of regularly drinking contaminated water while he and his family were staying at Camp Lejeune between 1958 and 1960. Unfortunately, his disease was very advanced when it was discovered by medical professionals, but he is still eligible for receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the hope of shrinking his tumors. "I was only 12 when my family went to Camp Lejeune by virtue of my father’s occupation. I had no idea and nor did the others that the water was contaminated with over 70 chemicals", he recalls. Because he needed more money for his cancer treatment, he took legal action and our experienced attorneys helped him receive the compensation he was eligible for.

Laws concerning the water contamination at Camp Lejeune

In 2012, Congress passed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. This granted a series of benefits to the family members who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. It also provided healthcare benefits to veterans who were on active duty at Camp Lejeune, as well as to their family members.

In 2012, President Obama signed the Janey Ensminger Act. This law, named after the daughter of a serviceman stationed at the camp who lost her life to cancer at 9 years old, authorizes medical care to military personnel and their family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune and developed conditions linked to water contamination. This law could apply to up to 750,000 people.

In early 2017, the VA released a definitive rule providing former veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and their surviving spouses with access to more than $2 billion in disability benefits. With this rule came a list of eight diseases for which the department says there is enough medical evidence to be connected to Camp Lejeune's tainted groundwater.

In 2017, Congress passed another statute that allowed veterans to receive compensation on a presumption of exposure. A presumption of exposure means that a veteran has qualifying service and as a result, the VA presumes that they were exposed to certain harmful chemicals or environmental hazards. Presumptions of exposure replace the requirement for service connection that requires veterans to have in-service events or symptoms that caused their current condition. In these instances, the VA counts in-service exposure as the event.

Quality legal assistance for the victims of toxic exposure who were stationed at Camp Lejeune

In the unfortunate event that you came to struggle with a disease as a result of drinking contaminated water from Camp Lejeune, our attorneys are here to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. With over 25 years of experience in pursuing toxic exposure cases, we are ready to provide you with quality legal assistance and representation if you are a victim of toxic exposure or have a family member who is. The only documents we will need from you are your military records, which must state that you were present for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune, or, if you are a family member of a soldier who lived on the base, your medical records as evidence of your disease, as well. If you are too sick to partake in the legal process, a family member can step in and help you with the necessary paperwork, a process that will take less than one hour to complete. Our law firm has a resourceful legal, research, and medical team that already have solid proof of the water contamination that occurred at Camp Lejeune, which will guarantee a fast outcome. We will strive to obtain fair compensation for your injury within the shortest time possible so that you can afford superior healthcare and treatment for your disease.