If you suffer from a health condition caused by your exposure to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, a recent piece of legislation, the Honoring Our Pact Act of 2022, may entitle you to receive compensation for your losses. The bill provides approximately $6.7 billion in funding for veterans who suffered exposure to the toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune water and who now live with severe related health problems.
UPDATE – PACT Act passed on August 2, 2022.
The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act) will be new Federal law once President Biden signs off on the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Camp Lejeune lawsuits are forthcoming as thousands of claims are now being signed up by personal injury lawyers throughout the United States on behalf of those exposed to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base. The PACT Act became federal law on August 2, 2022. Camp Lejeune lawsuits will demand compensation for the individuals exposed to toxic substances in the drinking water and future health care benefits for those left dealing with a myriad of health issues that require ongoing medical treatment. Prior to the passage of the PACT Act, Camp Lejeune victims were banned from bringing legal action under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act
This past summer the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was packaged into the PACT Act after it failed to pick up the necessary traction by itself. The Justice Act allows service members, contractors, civil servants, and marine defendants to seek civil recourse to achieve their justice. The Act essentially provides victims their day in Court.
We have an exhaustive list of medical issues listed below in this article that we are now pursuing claims and Camp Lejeune lawsuits as a result of the PACT Act passing. However, we have seen scientific and medical evidence linking the known carcinogens contained within the toxic substances found in the drinking water to a number of different cancers, birth defects, and a wide array of other health problems.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act and the overall PACT Act clears the way for individuals to pursue legal recourse against the Federal government for harms and damages caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
Do you deserve compensation for Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water exposure? Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlement Amounts; How much should you expect?
How Much Compensation to Expect for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlements
The Honoring Our Pact Act (which encompasses the Camp Lejeune Justice Act) entitles veterans who suffered severe health consequences from exposure to toxic chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water supply during their service to receive compensation.
A second federal statute, the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (CCLFA), entitles qualifying veterans who served at Camp Lejeune during periods of high water contamination and their families to VA medical care. This can include compensation for care directly related to conditions caused by the contaminated Camp Lejeune water filled with toxic substances and other medical care needs.
The medical care and financial settlement a Marine Corps veteran receives under those laws can vary depending on various factors.
Qualified individuals covered under the CCLFA include those who:
- Served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987; or
- Lived at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during that period while a family member served.
For conditions related to potential chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune (a qualifying condition), the VA will generally pay for all care related to the condition. Care for other health conditions may require a copayment.
Disability Benefits For Camp Lejeune Servicemembers
In order to qualify for disability benefits, the veteran must not have been dishonorably discharged from the military. The following illnesses are eligible for disability benefits: Bladder cancer, kidney cancer, aplastic anemic and other myelodysplastic syndromes, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune Linked to Cancer and Other Serious Medical Issues
Qualifying conditions include eight severe diseases associated with Camp Lejeune toxic chemical exposure to Camp Lejeune water within the contaminated water supply:
- Adult leukemia, in which an adult patient’s body may begin to make abnormal blood cells. Adult leukemia can cause fever, exhaustion or tiredness, and easy bruising or bleeding. Symptoms of adult leukemia can worsen quickly if the patient does not receive prompt treatment.
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes occur because the bone marrow cannot produce new cells fast enough to maintain normal body functions. Aplastic anemia may cause fatigue and difficulty fighting off infection in many patients.
- Bladder cancer, which may cause frequent or painful urination or back pain. While bladder cancer can prove mild if treated early, it can cause substantial complications if the patient does not receive treatment promptly. Bladder cancer has been causally related to multiple dangerous chemicals found within the drinking water.
- Esophageal cancer, which may cause pain or difficulty swallowing.
- Breast cancer may require the removal of breast tissue. Both male and female patients can develop breast cancer.
- Kidney cancer can cause pain, fever, tiredness, and unexplained weight loss. Like many types of cancer, kidney cancer proves highly treatable when identified in its early stages. We have already spoken with countless veterans who were previously diagnosed with kidney cancer and exposed to the contamination of Camp Lejeune water.
- Lung cancer starts in the lungs and may result in difficulty breathing.
- Liver cancer can take several forms but may lead to abdominal pain and weakness, swelling, and many other devastating symptoms.
- Multiple myeloma, in which cancerous cells crowd out healthy blood cells, producing proteins that may lead to complications throughout the body. Multiple myeloma may cause mental fogginess and confusion, weakness or numbness in the limbs, nausea, or fatigue.
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma causes the abnormal growth of white blood cells and may lead to tumors throughout the body.
- Parkinson’s disease can cause shakiness, stiffness, and uncontrolled weakness or movements in the body. Parkinson’s disease can also interfere with balance and coordination.
Patients who suffered exposure to dangerous chemicals present in the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune may also face various other health challenges, including potential infertility. Exposure to many of the chemicals found in the Camp Lejeune water can also cause serious neurological impairments, including difficulty concentrating and behavioral changes, for which patients can also receive treatment through the VA. Many estimate that millions have developed cancer due to contamination at Camp Lejeune.
The list of qualifying conditions and other challenges described above may not fully capture all health complications caused by toxic exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water.
If you lived or worked on the base during the qualifying periods and struggled with any severe health problem (including cancers not named above), you may still receive healthcare under the CCLFA if you can establish through clear evidence that your diagnosis and difficulties likely result from toxic exposure to Camp Lejeune water.
Individuals might also develop secondary health complications tied to illnesses and injuries sustained from toxic exposures at Camp Lejeune, even if those primary conditions have been resolved or effectively treated. For example, liver cancer tied to toxic exposure can lead to diminished liver function. To receive care through the VA for such a secondary condition alone, a patient may need to prove its relationship to a chemical exposure-related condition.
In addition, if you received treatment outside the VA for a qualifying condition, you may have the right to pursue compensation for your medical costs. A qualified lawyer can apply online to reimburse you.
Camp Lejune Water Contamination Settlement Amounts – Compensation for Your Financial Losses
A serious diagnosis can lead to substantial financial losses, not just because of medical bills but also because of other expenses and financial strain tied to your diagnosis. For example, a medical condition can keep you out of work, severely reducing your income. You may also incur considerable transportation expenses in traveling to and from medical appointments.
The VA provides disability compensation for individuals diagnosed with qualifying conditions and other conditions proven to be related to chemical exposure to Camp Lejeune water. If you suffered a serious diagnosis tied to toxic exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, an experienced lawyer can help with obtaining VA benefits. Applying for medical benefits and disability compensation from the VA can be complex and tedious without the help of legal counsel.
Individuals injured by toxic exposures at Camp Lejeune may also have the right to take legal action demanding compensation over and above medical care and disability benefits. A skilled attorney can explore and pursue those options in appropriate cases.
For a free legal consultation, call 833-552-7274
So far, the VA has not made settlement amounts related to Camp Lejeune’s toxic exposures due to water compensation public.
But an experienced attorney can often calculate the amount of compensation you might seek by weighing:
- Your specific toxic exposure-related medical condition.
- The duration and nature of your exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water including whether you lived or worked on base, and the frequency with which you consumed, bathed in, or otherwise used potentially contaminated water. This will be easy to establish for Camp Lejeune residents.
- The degree of provable financial losses you have suffered because of your diagnosis.
- Whether you have previously had a claim for disability benefits related to your Camp Lejeune service denied by the VA.
- We are hearing that the value of such water contamination claims could exceed $150,000.00 per claimant if not more. In fact, the government was well aware of the extent of water contamination at Camp Lejeune for years.
Having determined the amount you deserve to receive, a skilled Camp Lejeune lawyer can also take the steps necessary to secure compensation on your behalf.
Camp Lejeune Water Supply
The water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune existed for at least three decades. In fact, Camp Lejeune (located in Jacksonville, North Carolina) water contamination can be attributed to the presence of a dry cleaning business located just off base. The dry cleaning operation improperly disposed of industrial solvents into the drains and the Camp Lejeune water system. In turn, these chemicals contaminated the water within the Tarawa Terrace water treatment facility and likewise the Hadnot Point treatment plant. Toxic substances can be traced and sourced to the above-referenced water treatment plants located at the North Carolina Marine Corps Air Station and Marine Corps Base.
Water At Camp Lejeune
The industrial solvents contained the chemical PCE (perchloroethylene) a known carcinogen. Residents were routinely exposed to alarming rates of grossly contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. In fact, later studies indicate that contaminated drinking water was already present in 1953. However, we can be certain that the drinking water was contaminated from at least November 1957 through February 1987 (346 months). During that time period the drinking water measured in excess of the allowable 5 parts per billion of PCE that has been deemed the maximum limit by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
A February 1985 study demonstrated 215 parts per billion of PCE (43 times the allowable amount) in the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. This is considered grossly dramatic water contamination. We know for fact the Marine Corps and the Federal government were aware of said water contamination in 1983. However, we believe the Federal government was made aware of water contamination much earlier. Camp Lejeune victims could number in the millions. PCE has been scientifically linked to bladder cancer.
A number of other dangerous chemicals were found within the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Another notable toxic substance is TCE (trichloroethylene) an organic chemical in a liquid form. TCE is often utilized as a degreasing solvent and leads to significant water contamination. Further, TCE is linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney cancer, liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease, end-stage renal disease, scleroderma, multiple myeloma, and cardiac defects along with birth defects and possibly bladder cancer. TCE is among the most volatile organic compounds.
Other dangerous chemicals and volatile organic compounds found within the toxic water at Camp Lejeune include benzene and vinyl chloride exposure. Benzene has been causally linked to all types of leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Vinyl chloride was also discovered within the water contamination was found at alarming levels. Exposure to vinyl chloride is linked to liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, and birth defects. Exposure to such chemicals includes merely drinking contaminated water.
Do I Have the Right to Pursue a Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Claim?
Talk to a lawyer to determine whether you may have the right to file a claim or Camp Lejeune lawsuit and what the law might entitle you to receive. Your rights may depend on how you answer the questions below.
Did you serve or live at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987?
If you served or lived for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune during the period associated with toxic water contamination, you may file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit seeking compensation for your losses. You must have lived or worked on the base. The time you spent on deployment with a unit based at Camp Lejeune generally does not count toward the 30 days of exposure time.
Did you suffer a medical diagnosis tied to your potential toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune base?
To pursue a claim, an attorney must gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that your medical diagnosis arose from your exposure to toxic chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water supply. Proving your exposure can also demonstrate that you face a significantly elevated risk of severe illness, including several types of potentially fatal cancer.
If you have questions about your right to file a claim for compensation arising from toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune, talk to an experienced Camp Lejeune claims attorney. An attorney can review your health conditions, determine your potential eligibility for benefits and compensation, and assess the losses you have suffered or likely will suffer in the future.
For a free legal consultation, call 866-481-5486.
How Can I File a Claim If I Served at Camp Lejeune?
If you served at Camp Lejeune and received a diagnosis related to chemical exposure through water contamination, you may need to file a claim soon to recover compensation.
Contact a knowledgeable Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible.
Start by getting in touch with a lawyer to discuss your time at Camp Lejeune, your medical diagnosis, and your potential right to benefits and compensation. Working with the right lawyer saves you a great deal of time and effort by providing insight into what compensation you may deserve, preparing a claim on your behalf, monitoring the processing of your claim, and getting you compensation as efficiently as possible. We have extensively studied the history of water contamination at Camp Lejeune. This is perhaps the biggest water contamination matter in military history.
Many veterans have suffered for years after serious diagnoses related to toxic exposures and water contamination. In some cases, they may have found themselves unable to work and may have found it very difficult to get the help they needed. A lawyer works on your behalf to get you that much-deserved compensation for your diagnosis.
Obtain a copy of your service record (or your loved one’s service record).
To establish your entitlement to compensation for a devastating toxic exposure-related diagnosis, you will need to show that you served or lived at Camp Lejeune during the period of high chemical water contamination and exposure. You may need a copy of your service record or your loved one’s service record to show the assignment to Camp Lejeune. The service record will also show if you lived on base during that time, making it easier to establish the likely cause of your diagnosis.
Obtain copies of any medical records related to your diagnosis.
In some cases, your medical records may date back many years, especially if you have struggled with toxic exposure-related health complications for a long time. Obtain copies of those medical records from your provider(s), including copies of any bills that you may have had to pay out of pocket.
The VA will not reimburse you for medical costs paid by other compensation funds but may pay for your financial losses, even if you received your diagnosis and treatment before the government acknowledged the toll of toxic exposures in the water at Camp Lejeune.
Do You Need to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim?
- Matthew Dolman, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer
If you face a devastating medical diagnosis due to chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune, you likely deserve compensation for your losses. Working with a Camp Lejeune lawyer can maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. A skilled attorney can go over the conditions you suffered, find evidence of their likely cause, prepare your claim, and advocate on your behalf. We are prepared to handle or assist in any Camp Lejeune lawsuit. Our Camp Lejeune lawyers are available for a free consultation to discuss your medical issues, the need for money to cover future medical expenses, or the loss of a loved one due to the contamination at Camp Lejeune.
If you, family members, or a loved one were impacted by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, we want to speak with you immediately. Camp Lejeune settlement amounts will range in value based on the severity of the medical issues, need for future medical treatment, or loss of a loved one. Time is of the essence to file a Camp Lejeune claim and obtain the compensation along with the health care benefits you require. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act empowers all victims to seek justice for their very serious losses. Call us immediately.
Why Choose Dolman Law Group For Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
If you sustained harm and losses due to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you must choose an experienced attorney or law firm with the financial resources and experience to handle any sized claim. The Dolman Law Group is often entrusted by other personal injury lawyers to handle or assist on some of their biggest and most complicated cases. We have the financial resources and experience to level the playing field against the biggest of adversaries and seek compensation for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
Stanley Gipe is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer as designated by the Florida Bar. This certifies that he is an expert in the discipline of litigation and trial practice. He is considered one of the finest injury lawyers in Florida, and more specifically the Tampa Bay Area.
Matthew Dolman is a nationally recognized personal injury lawyer who has been selected by his colleagues (voted by fellow Florida Bar members) as a Florida Legal Elite on multiple occasions, including in 2022. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving cases in excess of $1,000.000.00, and $2,000,000.00.