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For decades, toxic substances like trichloroethylene and benzene were allowed to leach into the water at Camp Lejeune, a critical Marine Corps base located in North Carolina. After repeatedly coming into contact with this tainted water, many service members and their families have subsequently developed various forms of cancer and other serious illnesses.

Military service members (primarily members of the Marine Corps) and their families who were exposed to polluted water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base may have the opportunity to seek compensation for their personal injuries in a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit against the United States government. Dolman Law Group is offering legal assistance to those who have become seriously ill or lost a loved one as a result of the negligent conditions present at Camp Lejeune. Our government has simply failed members of the Marine Corps. The Dolman Law Group is already investigating hundreds of Camp Lejeune water contamination injury claims.

Find our latest Camp Lejeune contaminated water update on Monday, October 31, 2022, to learn if you're eligible for compensation.

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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Updates

October 31, 2022: How Is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Different From Prior Legislation?

The enactment into law of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act occurred in August of 2022. This new legislation offers renewed hope and opportunity to the Camp Lejeune water contamination victims and their families. This legislation passed with the aim to fix what the Camp Lejeune Families Act could not and what it failed to do for many victims affected by the contamination catastrophe. Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, families and victims can file legal action against the government immediately to claim damages for the development of illness from the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

The statute requires that a victim has proof of stationing at the base, working, or in another way having exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days total during the time between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.

The enactment of this federal law works to override the laws in North Carolina previously barring victims from pursuing damages for the events at Camp Lejeune relating to their exposure to contaminated water. Those who could not previously file a lawsuit and/or those previously denied benefits by the VA now have a chance to seek money for their losses under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

Recent Camp Lejeune legislation finally provides former residents (and their family members) of Camp LeJeune and MCAS New River with the ability to recover financial compensation for the numerous health conditions and certain diseases related to water contamination. Parkinson's disease is just one of many health conditions identified by the Veterans Administration.

October 27, 2022: If Your Family Member Died Because of Their Exposure to the Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune, Can You Pursue a Lawsuit?

Under the new Act, surviving family members of Camp Lejeune victims can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government, even if their family member died years ago from this exposure. When these individuals bring this lawsuit, they can seek financial compensation for the losses they endured because of this death.

Yet, to verify your legal options under these circumstances, it may be in your best interest to speak to a knowledgeable Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer. These attorneys can help you determine whether you and your family have a viable claim and go over your options, discuss the timeline of how long you have to file your legal case, and help you secure the money you are entitled to.

October 25, 2022: Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Amount

Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts are directly tied to a growing body of scientific and medical evidence concerning each type of cancer or disease. The Department of Navy will likely value claims based on the following tiers in a grid-like system. However, a claimant does not need to accept a Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement offer. If a claimant opts to reject the offer (hopefully on the advice of experienced counsel), they can file a lawsuit in United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Amount

As previously discussed in a prior update (see 9/10/22 update) we believe Camp Lejeune toxic water compensation payouts will be based on a grid system. We are still very early in the process but at this point, we can organize the various types of Camp Lejeune cancer, diseases and symptoms into different tiers. The tiers are based on strength of scientific evidence relating cancers or diseases to the Camp Lejeune water contamination.

Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts are directly tied to a growing body of scientific and medical evidence concerning each type of cancer or disease. The Department of Navy will likely value claims based on the following tiers in a grid-like system. However, a claimant does not need to accept a Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement offer. If a claimant opts to reject the offer (hopefully on the advice of experienced counsel), they can file a lawsuit in United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

October 21, 2022: What Are The Time Limitations to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Although the new Act created new opportunities for individuals to pursue legal action against the harm they suffered at Camp Lejeune, the time to file is not unlimited. According to these regulations, if you qualify to pursue legal action, you will only have two years from the date the Act was signed into law or two years from August 10, 2022, to file your suit. If you fail to file within this period, you can miss out on obtaining the money you need for the losses and suffering you endured.

For these reasons, it is essential not to delay pursuing this claim. Instead, you should reach out to a knowledgeable and skilled Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney as soon as possible. These legal professionals can determine whether you can file this lawsuit and ensure that the appropriate legal documents are prepared and submitted to the proper court before this period runs out.

October 19, 2022: If Your Illness Developed Many Years After You Left the Camp Lejeune Base, Can You Still Bring a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Even if you developed your illness or health condition years after you left the Camp Lejeune base, you could still bring legal action to recover compensation for the harm you suffered.

The point of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was to give qualified individuals more time to bring their legal suit and let those previously denied have another opportunity to seek the compensation they need.

Consequently, if you believe you have a viable claim, even if significant time has passed since you resided at the Camp Lejeune base, you should still discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer. These Camp Lejeune water contamination attorneys can go after the circumstances of your situation, figure out whether you have a valid legal case, and help you fight for the justice you deserve.

October 18, 2022: Where did the Contamination Come From?

Records show that this contamination mainly resulted from Marines dumping industrial wastewater and oil in storm drains, buried radioactive materials in the area, and improper disposal of toxins by workers at a nearby dry-cleaning business that dumped wastewater filled with chemicals into the drains.

As a result, from 1953 through 1987, those on the base were exposed to these toxins at extremely high levels and suffered greatly.

October 17, 2022: How Much Is a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Worth?

Because the Act is relatively new, there is not enough information regarding the potential payouts that may arise from these lawsuits.

However, it is contemplated that these monetary damages will depend on each case and specific factors, including:

  • The type of disease or harm the individual is dealing with
  • The prognosis of the condition
  • The severity and extent of the disease
  • The extent of the pain and suffering the victim has to endure
  • The victim's age
  • The evidence available to link the disease to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune
  • The total extent of the damages that resulted
  • The ability to take part in regular and daily activities
  • The inability to work because of the health condition

However, while a lot is still unknown about these cases, when you work with a skilled Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer, these attorneys can use their previous experience handling similar types of claims to figure out which of these factors can impact your case, prepare convincing legal arguments in response to them, and help you go after the maximum compensation you need.

October 13, 2022: The New Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

In the past, victims of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were not able to bring a lawsuit and/or get financial compensation for their injuries due to the strict limitation of the North Carolina law. Luckily, recently this year on August 10th, Congress has finally took action to address this injustice.

Under this new regulation, veterans and their family members who were subject to the dangerous water at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987, can pursue monetary damages by filing a lawsuit in federal court for the losses and injuries they endured because of their exposure. This Act also aims to remove specific legal issues that stopped or prevented countless service members from obtaining the financial damages they deserved, including the previous time limitations that barred individuals from bringing their legal claims after a certain period.

October 12, 2022: How Long Will It Take for These Camp Lejeune Claims to Resolve?

As of right now, it is still too early to tell how long it will take for these Camp Lejeune claims to be resolved or how long it will take for victims of this terrifying ordeal to secure the money they need. It is also important to remember that if some of these cases do not settle, they can proceed to the litigation stage. The timeline to resolve these cases will be even longer since the litigation process can take some time to complete.

However, if you want further information regarding these potential timelines, it may be a good idea to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable legal professional as soon as possible. These lawyers can keep you abreast of what is happening with these cases and any new legal updates and also provide you with a better idea of what you can expect when you file your legal claim.

October 11, 2022: Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

According to the new regulations, any individual who resided, worked, or otherwise was exposed to the dangerous toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987 can pursue legal action against the government and try to secure financial damages fo the trauma and losses they endured. This means that veterans, service members, family members, contractors, and civilian workers can file a lawsuit if they qualify under the Act.

October 10, 2022: How Many Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Will Be Filled?

We believe the value of such water contamination claims could potentially exceed $500,000.00 per claimant if not more. In fact, the government was aware of the extent of water contamination at Camp Lejeune for years.

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

October 7, 2022: Did Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cause Infertility?

Contaminated water in the wells at Camp Lejeune may have caused infertility, miscarriages, illnesses, and diseases in over one million service members and their families. Civilian contractors who lived on the base were also included in this group.

New laws allow those affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to sue the government. This is the only instance where injured people can sue the government over chemicals and other injuries in the military or on a military base. Usually, you would have to go through the Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims process. However, service members were not the only people affected by the contaminated wells. Family members and contractors may have also been affected.

If you are a service member, you might qualify for medical expense coverage and, for certain illnesses and diseases, disability compensation through the VA. Filing a lawsuit for injuries sustained from the contaminated water does not interfere with your disability claim.

October 6, 2022: Is Camp Lejeune a Class Action Lawsuit?

Is Camp Lejeune a class action lawsuit? No. There is a misconception that there is a Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit because of the number of potential plaintiffs. While a class action lawsuit does involve multiple plaintiffs, a designated lead plaintiff represents the rest of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit don't get to choose the law firm that represents them or make important decisions about how the case plays out.

Class action lawsuits make sense when multiple plaintiffs sue the defendant for a relatively small amount of money. It makes sense for a law firm to group these cases, as individually pursuing each claim is not financially feasible.

Many of these claims have the potential to be high value and complex. As such, there is no Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit. That means eligible individuals who want to pursue compensation must file their own claim.

October 5, 2022 Update

Drinking water at Camp Lejeune contained several potentially toxic chemicals between the 1950s and the 1980s. Unfortunately, the Marine Corps did not discover the high concentrations of those volatile organic compounds in two of the eight water treatment plants on the base until 1982. Marines who lived and worked on that base during those years, and family members who lived on base or visited regularly, may have faced consistent, high levels of exposure to those compounds.

October 3, 2022 Update

Between the years 1953 and 1987, Marines and their families living at at Camp Lejeune drank, bathed in, and cooked with severely contaminated water. Unfortunately many victims exposed to the toxic water have already passed away. The CLJA permits wrongful death claims on behalf of deceased Camp Lejeune victims. If you are a family member of a loved one who passed away due to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, no matter how long ago the victim passed away.

September 30 2022 Updates

Those who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 can file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. To file a claim you need to fill out the CLJA claims form and email the completed form to the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy's Tort Claims Unit (TCU) at [email protected] Be sure to save the form as instructed.

Find a additional information, contact our Camp Lejeune lawyers at Dolman Law Group for a free consultaion today.

September 29, 2022 Update

What diseases are covered by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act? It's important to understand which diseases are known to be caused by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, and which diseases could have been caused by the water at Camp Lejeune. Scientific and medical evidence collected by the government has concluded that the main chemicals that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune include:

  • Perchloroethylene, or Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Benzene

Along with many other chemicals were found in the drinking water supplyhttps://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/watermodeling.html. Below is a list of these other adverse health effects that people may still qualify compensation for:

  • Birth defects
  • Brain Cancer/CNS Cancers
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Choanal atresia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Eye Defects
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Infertility
  • Lung Cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurological effects
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Renal toxicity
  • Soft Tissue Cancer
  • Other health conditions

People with non-preemptive injuries can still qualify for legal action as well.

Septemeber 27, 2022 Update

Between the years 1953 and 1987, Marines and their families living at at Camp Lejeune drank, bathed in, and cooked with severely contaminated water. The water supply has led to serious chronic health conditions and has even taken the lives of children and adults. While the discovery of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune happened in the early 1980s, it was kept quiet for 20 years. Now, people who developed certain cancers and other health conditions, along with those who died from these diseases are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, in hopes of gaining compensation.

Thanks to the The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, all those who lived or worked at the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune are now eligable to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and hold the government accountable for the catastrophic health conditions they've endured. With over one million people exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, this monstrousness disaster will become much clearer in the coming year.

September 26, 2022 Update

What Were the Contaminants in the Water at Camp Lejuene? Many Americans, potentially almost one million, may be part of an unfortunate group who were unknowingly exposed to the toxic and volatile chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1972 and 1985. Until now, there has been no viable legal recourse for those exposed to four particularly toxic chemicals in their drinking water.

In a previous blog, we discussed Benzene and Perchloroethylene (also known as PCE) —now, we focus on Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Vinyl Chloride. These chemicals are used to clean heavy machinery, as a degreaser, a refrigerant, and in manufacturing plastics. The scope of the exposure was enormous, and residents had no choice but to drink, bathe, and cook with the water at their disposal.

The unfortunate fact is that the military had a choice, and they kept the information about the poisoned water sources to themselves. By the time the government was forthcoming and took some responsibility, decades had passed, and tens of thousands were sick. The residents of camp Lejeune deserved water free from pathogens, poisons, and contaminants like benzene, perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride. The federal government knew they did not have it, and chose to do nothing about it. On a personal level, we find this situation unacceptable.

September 23, 2022 Update

Unfortunately, there are a lot family members who lost a loved one many years ago due to the effect of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. Now, Camp Lejeune lawyers are getting are wrongful death lawsuits and people seem confused as to why they would have a claim after so much time has passed.

Anyone including, family members, civilian employees, or veterans who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for the length of at least one month is eligible to bring a claim. If your family member lived or worked at Lejeune but has since passed away, their estate can bring a wrongful death claim. Even when the person died years ago and their estate has long been closed out in probate.

Wrongful death claims must comply with North Carolina law and are required to be brought by the personal representative (PR) of the decedent's estate. For someone who died a long time ago, the estate may need to be reopened. If the PR is no longer available, a new PR can be appointed for the estate.

September 20, 2022 Update

Good news according to a judge's ruling yesterday when they denyed pretrial consolidation.  There will not be a Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit. In the first month since the CLJA was passed, thousands of Camp Lejeune cases have already been filed with JAG and many more are expected. As of recent, North Carolina rejected this request without explanation. However, Camp Lejeune lawyers support the ruling. They will now be treating these as individual cases and will lead to victims getting a faster and more appropriate Camp Lejeune settlement.

September 16, 2022 Update

What should my Camp Lejeune lawsuit include?

Initial claims filed with the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) should include:

  • Dates of residence or employment at Camp Lejeune
  • Details about exposure to the contaminated water
  • Dates of diagnosis, with health condition or disease
  • Medical treatment that was required and the outcome
  • The impact on one's life, including mental and physical conditions, that resulted from the toxic water exposure
  • A financial compensation request

After the claim is filed, JAG will accept or deny the claim within six months. Afterwards, a federal lawsuit be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

September 15, 2022 Update

If you worked at Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987 as a civilian, along with any of family members who suffered birth defects or health issues as a result of that exposure, you or your attorney will need to get documents proving your employment, paystubs, or tax returns to start your lawsuit as soon as possible. The JAG will require some evidence that the victims was at Lejeune. Our Camp Lejeune lawyers are ready to fight for your compensation.

September 14, 2022 Update

Camp Lejeune attorneys estimate in a recent Reuters article that nearly 500,000 Camp Lejeune claims could be followed this year. To follow that, half of the people that were at Camp Lejeune will not even file a claim, which will be a good thing for your case. If there are $500,000 claims, averaging $200,000 in settlement, that would total up to $100 billion.  That money is not in the budget and it does not need to be.  There will not be even half that number of Camp Lejeune lawsuits and settlements.

September 13, 2022 Update

Before the CLJA was put in force, the VA awarded disability benefits to veterans who were at Camp Lejeune. Theses victims were later on diagnosed with one of many diseases, including Parkinson's disease, Leukemia, Bladder cancer, Kidney cancer, Multiple myeloma, Aplastic anemia, and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Based on scientific evidence, these diseases were viewed as seemingly connected to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water. Due to the advancement in science, we are now finding many more injuries from the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Because of this, Lejeune victims who bring a toxic drinking water claim under the CLJA will most likely not be required to present causation evidence if they have one of these diseases. Hopefully this will facilitate an early settlement before a lawsuit is filed during the administrative period required by the new law.

September 12, 2022 Update

Over 10,000 administrative claims have been filed with the Judge Advocate General for the Department of the Navy and that number grows each week. A group of plaintiffs who have filed a Camp Lejeune lawsuit filed a motion on August 26, 2022, to consolidate all pending claims to improve the efficiency of the entire process and speed up the time period expected. It is widely believed that over 1,000,000 veterans, civilian workers, and family families may compose the plaintiff pool.

September 12, 2022 Update

The JAG office for the Navy has issued a special form for Camp Lejeune plaintiffs to submit with their CLJA claims. In section 10 of the form, CLJA claimants identify what disease or health condition they claim to have developed from the Lejeune water. Section 10 specifically names 12 health conditions which can be selected by checking a box, and an additional section for “other” with a blank space for a description.

August 11, 2022 Update

August is National Quality Water Month. It only seems fitting that this month those exposed to the dangerous water conditions at Camp Lejeune can finally seek help, justice, and compensation for the coverup and deception that occurred at Camp Lejeune.

“National Water Quality Month is dedicated to making the most of the relatively small amount of fresh water we have because having clean water is vital to our individual health, our collective agricultural needs, and the needs of our environment.”

August 10, 2022 Update

President Biden signed the PACT Act on August 10th, allowing for those victims to pursue compensation by removing prior constraints under North Carolina law. The toxic substances found in the contaminated water included dangerous chemicals such as benzene, vinyl chloride (VC), trichloroethylene (TCE), and perchloroethylene (PCE). Reach out to a lawyer to get started on your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit today.

Camp Lejeune Was The Site of Widespread Water Contamination For Decades

An estimated 1 million people (mostly members of the Marine Corps, contractors, and military families) have been repeatedly exposed to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune's water supply throughout the contamination from approximately 1953 to 1987.

Hazardous chemicals, many of them known carcinogens as recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency, have been detected in the wells that provided water to Camp Lejeune, including housing for military families. The staggering levels of contamination resulted in thousands of cases of birth defects, cancer diagnoses, and serious degenerative conditions requiring the need for health care benefits.

Two Main Water Treatment Facilities Contaminated The Water At Camp Lejeune Marine Base

The Tarawa Terrace Facility and the Hadnot Point Treatment Plant Facility are responsible for the contamination of all water at Camp Lejeune.

Tarawa began operations in 1952 and research later illustrated the system was contaminated with an industrial solvent known as PCE (perchloroethylene). PCE is a known carcinogen that is often utilized in the process of dry cleaning.

We are now aware that this chemical was discovered in the water back in 1953, the same year an off-base dry cleaning center was opened. Further, the water became contaminated by improper practices in disposing of the chemicals along with multiple spills.

In 1985, it was discovered that the maximum PCE level in Lejeune water registered at 215 parts per billion. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) deems anything above 5 parts per billion to be unsafe for consumption or use.

During a span of 346 months from November 1957 to February 1987, the PCE concentrations greatly exceeded the allowable 5 parts per billion.

The PACT Act Including Camp Lejeune Justice Act Signed Into Law

On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act). The PACT Act has become new law providing military veterans, civil servants, contractors, and their families the necessary healthcare for those exposed to an alarming level of toxins including the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is incorporated into the PACT Act and enables veterans, civil servants, contractors, and their families to recover damages for harms and losses sustained from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. Eligibility is available only to individuals who were exposed to the contaminated water for no less than thirty (30) days.

The new law is named for Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson whose life was cut short in 2020 after a long battle with lung cancer. Robinson was a member of the Ohio National Guard who was exposed to burning trash pits while deployed in Iraq from 2006-2007.

If you or your family were exposed to toxic chemicals while living or working at Camp Lejeune, you might have spent decades dealing with unexplained health issues. Dangerous chemicals did in fact enter the drinking water and affect the drinking water's quality and safety. Your home was poisoned with contaminated tap water, and you may have the right to receive significant financial compensation. Contact the attorneys of Dolman Law Group at 866-932-3641, or you can write to us using our online contact page for your free consultation.

What Is The PACT Act?

The PACT Act expands eligibility for veterans exposed to serious toxins and contamination such as burn pits and the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Further, the PACT Act will expand screenings including lab testing and medical treatment available to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals and water contamination such as the water at Camp Lejeune. The PACT Act also codifies specific cancers and illnesses which removes the burden of proof on our veterans to receive necessary benefits.

First Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Filed

Just hours after the PACT Act and Camp Lejeune Justice Act were signed into law by President Biden, the first Camp Lejeune lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina naming the United States of America as a defendant. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Timothy Pugh a service member who served at Camp Lejeune between 1984 through 1986 and was later diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012. While this may have been the first Camp Lejeune lawsuit filed, we expect many more to be filed over the coming weeks in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Please note that before Camp Lejeune lawsuits are filed, your lawyer must file an administrative claim to the Judge Advocate General for the Department of the Navy. This is a condition precedent to any Camp Lejeune lawsuit. Thus, the lawsuits that have been filed in the U.S. Federal Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina already filed an administrative claim for disability coverage. Once an administrative claim is filed, the Department of the Navy has six months to approve or deny the said claim. A Camp Lejeune lawsuit can only be filed after such a determination.

Filing a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

If you, a loved one, or someone you know, lived or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and have a serious illness or cancer, please call us right away at 866-932-3641. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act provides individuals or their survivors who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune the right to file a civil lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina to seek damages for all harms and losses caused by exposure to contaminated water.

Video Transcript: Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

Matt Dolman:
In this video, we're going to discuss the current Camp Lejeune litigation, the Camp Lejeune lawsuit, and the whole claims process that we're seeing. Now, Stan, and this is peculiar because they've created a fund for Camp Lejeune victims. In a previous video regarding another page on our website, we discuss the symptoms that many of these veterans are facing and they're showing up with. Why are they filing lawsuits? Why are lawsuits being filed in this? And they're being filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which is where Jacksonville, North Carolina is. That's where MCAS, New River, that's Marine Corps Air Station, New River, and where Camp Lejeune, where our Marine force and corp were based at. But why are they filing lawsuits? Why aren't they just going through the settlement fund? What's the whole purpose?

Stan Gipe:
Well, right now we've got a couple of different things going on. We've got this Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit that we're pushing forward. And at this point, almost everything we're doing is based on the Camp Lejeune Compensation Act that was just passed. Everything's going through an administrative process if you qualify, okay? We've got several different qualifying conditions and several different chemicals that people were exposed to; however, this isn't the only thing that happened at Camp Lejeune.
Do you know, there are several different things, and we kind of get into some other things, but Camp Lejeune was also someplace that they used copious amounts of AFFF, okay? Aqueous Film-Forming Foam for firefighters. There are some issues over there floating out with AFFF, but what we're really talking about and what most people are focusing on these days is the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. That is the Camp Lejeune lawsuit you hear about so much, where you got all the different Camp Lejeune lawyers and attorneys out there, circling, trying to get the cases.
You're going to hear commercials. You're going to hear ads. You're going to see all different kinds of stuff. What it's important to do though, is make sure that you go with a firm that understands the different things that it takes to drive value and make sure you get your compensation and you are at the front of the line. And that's basically what it boils down to.

Matt Dolman:
And not just selling for pennies in a dollar either. That's willing to litigate these cases in Federal Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Has the resources and is affiliated with either local counsel in North Carolina or law firms, including ourselves, that handle these cases on a national level.

Stan Gipe:
If you go to Joe Schmo in Middle Idaho, and he tells you he's going to handle this claim all by himself and take... Run, okay? What you want to do is you want to be working with people that know what they're doing, okay? And typically it's people that are handling a lot of these cases. They handle them in conjunction with other attorneys. You're on the cutting edge of what's happened. You need to be proactive if changes happen, okay? Compensation is what this is all about, okay? The whole thing about Camp Lejeune lawsuits is getting people paid for what happened to them.
But that's not a definitive amount. I can pay you a dollar and you got paid for what happened to you. Your claim may be worth $100,000, maybe worth a million dollars. And that's where the skill set of the attorney comes in. It's going with a skilled attorney, going with someone who knows what they're doing and is skilled at handling these types of claims. Going to make sure you get in that maximum compensation bucket. Make sure you've got the documentation that needs to be out there because there are several different things you need to prove up your claim. If you don't have them, you don't prove your claim.

Matt Dolman:
The reason though, I'm seeing many of these Camp Lejeune lawsuits being filed right now in actual lawsuits, not going through the whole settlement process and targeting the fund, I believe, and you tell me if I'm wrong, is just based on the level of damages associated with different medical conditions. Such as esophageal or kidney or colon cancer worth X amount of dollars, and then trying to take it out of the fund and try to litigate this case in Federal Court to get appropriate value for the case if the fund is undermining the value?

Stan Gipe:
I've seen that and I'm trying to read between the lines on some of it because the fund has language in there saying that you can't file a lawsuit until after you excel state administrative process. You've got to go through the administrative process to file the lawsuit. Now, whether these are some people that may have been through the administrative process previously and were denied-

Matt Dolman:
Disability.

Stan Gipe:
... and now feel that they can file a lawsuit, you don't know because it's just now this stuff is starting to get filed. But there's what I would call three separate areas of real compensation. One is medical care, okay? Getting fixed, getting the medical care related to the claim. That's the most basic level. That's like ground zero. Then your next tier up is the Veteran's Disability Benefits. So on top of your medical care, you get some disability benefits from the veteran's administration for having a service-related disability. Both of those pots have been there already. Those are established. They've been ways people have been able to deal with their Camp Lejeune exposure cases in the past.
Now, we've got this fund where you go that third layer and that's one most people think about injuries, compensation, lawsuits. It's this third layer, that puts money in their pocket for what they've been through. Not just a little bit of money along the way, not just, "Hey, here's help with your medical care," but pay you for how your life has been changed, okay? If you've got Parkinson's life is vastly different. It didn't play out the way you expected. Now's when you're getting the compensation you deserve for that stuff.

Matt Dolman:
Stan and I, We're partners at Dolman Law Group. We're a national practice as handling Camp Lejeune case on a national basis. We're located in Florida. Our local number is (727) 451-6900. The national number is 83355 CRASH. We handle a lot of personal injury cases. Some of it comes referred by other lawyers who entrust us to handle some of their biggest claims. Stan is board-certified in civil trial litigation. I've handled thousands of lawsuits where I've served as lead counsel. We look forward to helping you in investigating your Camp Lejeune claim. If you want more information from our Camp Lejeune lawyers, you can reach us anytime again, 83355 CRASH, or go on our website, www.dolmanlaw.com, D-O-L-M-A-N law.com. Stan, anything you want to add?

Stan Gipe:
Yeah, I want to add you almost made us sound a little small there when you say we're in Tampa, okay? Just so you know we're-

Matt Dolman:
We're all over the place.

Stan Gipe:
... physically located in Tampa. How many offices do we have now, Matt?

Matt Dolman:
We have 16 around the country, 13 or 12 that are based here in Florida, but we have affiliate relationships with some of the top trial lawyers throughout the nation. If ever we need to file a lawsuit in a specific jurisdiction, we have local counsel available to bring us into the case so we can file it anywhere.

Stan Gipe:
I mean, I know we've got offices in Boston, New York, and Houston, so we've got more of a nationwide reach, but we were a Florida-based firm, but we can help you out wherever it is that you are in the country, we can handle your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.

Matt Dolman:
100%. I really appreciate you looking at our video or listening to our video or viewing our video and just give us a call today for a free consultation and case review. Stan and I stand by ready. Thank you.

What Will Be A Typical Camp Lejeune Settlement

It is too early to determine what the average Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement or the range of settlements will be. However, we are inclined to believe the average Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim will resolve for in excess of $150,000.00 based on our experience dealing with other mass tort projects and the injuries and medical expenses involved. We expect Camp Lejeune settlement amounts should range from $100,000.00 to $250,000.00. Based on experience we anticipate the Camp Lejeune settlement payouts to take less than two years. Keep in mind that this is only our best-educated guess as to average Camp Lejeune settlements. Time is of the essence to contact a Camp Lejeune lawyer to determine your rights and ability to pursue compensation. Our Camp Lejeune attorneys offer a free consultation and case review.

We will continue updating this page and our website as to Camp Lejeune settlement amounts upon learning of the same. It will probably be at least a year or so before enough cases settle to get a clear picture of what a typical Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement looks like.

Camp Lejeune Contamination Victims Attempted To Sue But Were Rejected By The Courts

Hundreds of families who became sick or lost loved ones due to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water supply attempted to bring lawsuits under the Federal Tort Claims Act back in 2016 for damages and health care benefits. The cases were merged into multidistrict litigation (MDL)to be handled by a Federal District Court in North Carolina, where Camp Lejeune is located.

This happens when many cases rest on the same complaint, such as the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune causing death, illness, and suffering. Despite clear evidence of the government's negligence, the original Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits—and the frustrated families' desperate appeals—were all rejected.

The court's basis for denying Camp Lejeune water contamination victims the right to recover damages and disability benefits was based on North Carolina's stringent statute of repose. In effect, the time for Camp Lejeune families to file water contamination lawsuits had expired before the cause of their illnesses was even discovered.

Camp Lejeune Victims Attempted To Sue But Were Rejected By The Courts

Hundreds of families who became sick or lost loved ones due to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water supply attempted to bring lawsuits under the Federal Tort Claims Act back in 2016 for damages and health care benefits. The cases were merged into multidistrict litigation (MDL)to be handled by a Federal District Court in North Carolina, where Camp Lejeune is located.

This happens when many cases rest on the same complaint, such as the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune causing death, illness, and suffering. Despite clear evidence of the government's negligence, the original Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits—and the frustrated families' desperate appeals—were all rejected.

The court's basis for denying Camp Lejeune water contamination victims the right to recover damages and disability benefits was based on North Carolina's stringent statute of repose. In effect, the time for Camp Lejeune families to file water contamination lawsuits had expired before the cause of their illnesses was even discovered.

North Carolina Law Prevented Camp Lejeune Victims from Suing

North Carolina's statute of repose set a 10 year-year restricted window on filing personal injury claims like the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits. Essentially, if you failed to file a lawsuit within a certain amount of time after the date of the negligent act or injury occurred, you were permanently denied the ability to file a claim for damages. This law has proven highly problematic in the case of Camp Lejeune's water contamination.

Many people didn't realize they were impacted or connected their illness to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune until it was too late. However, many military members, contractors, and residents in the Camp Lejeune area are still dealing with the consequences of the contamination decades later.

To rectify this roadblock to getting injured military members and their families the compensation they deserve, Congress is currently working on legislation that would override North Carolina's limiting deadline in the case of the water contamination disaster at Camp Lejeune.

Previous Efforts by Congress to Help Camp Lejeune Families

Previous efforts by Congress to provide relief to Camp Lejeune families, such as the Janey Ensminger Act of 2012, provided limited medical benefits to family members who lived or were in utero at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period. The bill is named for Janey Ensminger, a little girl who died of leukemia likely caused by exposure in utero to contaminated water while the child's mother lived at Camp Lejeune.

The Plight of Camp Lejeune Victims Inspires Congress to Act

In most cases, the benefits were wildly insufficient compared to the treatment required for the devastating illness brought on by the toxic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune. With North Carolina's statute of repose in place, Camp Lejeune victims were left with no way to recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other costs like pain and suffering if these benefits failed to cover their expenses.

Members of Congress recognized the need to provide an avenue to seek compensation from the government for its negligence amid public outcry over Camp Lejeune victims' exclusion from legal recourse due to North Carolina's strict deadline. As of 2022, Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA), along with two original co-sponsors from North Carolina, introduced legislation in the House to rectify this issue.

Timeline of Camp Lejeune Justice Act

In 2022, a bill known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was introduced to allow anyone who worked, served, lived, or was in utero on the base during the contamination window at Camp Lejeune to file a claim for damages. As of early June of 2022, the Camp Lejuene Justice Act of 2022 appears poised to pass with bipartisan support.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (The CLJA ) is included as a provision in the Honoring Our Pact Act of 2022, which finally was passed by both the House and Senate in accordance with the PACT Act.

The Long Road of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Prior to Passage of the PACT Act

The Senate filed a motion for culture on June 7th, 2022, which was an indication they were prepared to conclude the debate on this issue and hold a vote. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act ultimately received support from both Congress and the Senate and was then sent to the president's desk to be signed into law.

The Honoring Our Pact Act of 2022 recently became new law enabling military members and their families who have been unfairly denied the right to file Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits to finally have the opportunity to file lawsuits against the federal government for its failure to protect them or warn them about the toxic chemicals present in the water supply.

What is Congress Doing to Help Camp Lejeune Families?

Previous efforts by Congress to provide relief to Camp Lejeune families, such as the Janey Ensminger Act of 2012, provided limited medical benefits to family members who lived or were in utero at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period. The bill is named for Janey Ensminger, a little girl who died of leukemia likely caused by exposure in utero to contaminated water while the child's mother lived at Camp Lejeune.

The Plight of Camp Lejeune Victims Inspires Congress to Act

In most cases, the benefits were wildly insufficient compared to the treatment required for the devastating illness brought on by the toxic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune. With North Carolina's statute of repose in place, Camp Lejeune victims were left with no way to recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other costs like pain and suffering if these benefits failed to cover their expenses. 

Members of Congress recognized the need to provide an avenue to seek compensation from the government for its negligence amid public outcry over Camp Lejeune victims' exclusion from legal recourse due to North Carolina's strict deadline. As of 2022, Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA), along with two original co-sponsors from North Carolina, introduced legislation in the House to rectify this issue.  

VA Disability Benefit Claims for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Illness

Veterans have the option to seek disability benefits if they suffered exposure to contaminated water while serving at Camp Lejeune. Filing a VA disability benefits claim can provide veterans with coverage in the form of monthly payments that potentially can amount to $3,000 a month depending on your disability rating determined by the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Seeking VA disability benefits can be expedited by presumptive service connection which eliminates the need to tie certain health conditions to exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water. The requirements for presumptive service connection include:

  • Proof you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS for at least 30 days (consecutive or non-consecutive).
  • Proof you have served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS sometime between August 1, 1952, and December 31, 1987.
  • No dishonorable discharge.
  • You must have suffered one or more of the following conditions you may be eligible to file a claim:
    • Breast cancer
    • Bladder cancer
    • Female infertility
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Hepatic Steatosis
    • Miscarriage
    • Lung cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Scleroderma
    • Myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Nonhodgkin's lymphoma
    • Neurobehavioral effects
    • Renal toxicity
    • Parkinson's disease

Even if you do not qualify for presumptive service connection you may still be able to file a VA disability benefits claim. However, you will need to provide evidence such as medical records that connect your injury with exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water, and be able to fulfill the usual qualifying service criteria to seek VA benefits/disability compensation.

Camp Lejeune's Impressive History is Tainted by Water Contamination

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Despite its much-lauded history and critical strategic role, Camp Lejeune was a breeding ground for death and disease for over three decades as a compromised water supply and contaminated drinking water sickened or killed Marines and their families. Diligent water contamination lawyers and dedicated activists, like Janey Ensminger's father, have fought tirelessly to expose the devastating effects of Camp Lejeune's water contamination and demand accountability from the U.S. government.

According to the base's website, the “base and surrounding community is home to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population of nearly 150,000 people.”. Many on the base only live there temporarily before moving to another resulting in an immense number of people being exposed to chemicals in the contaminated drinking water during their temporary residence.

How Did Camp Lejeune's Water Become Contaminated?

As more studies have been conducted on how Camp Lejeune's water supply became tainted with harmful toxins in the first place, it has become clear that multiple sources contributed to the presence of toxic substances in Camp Lejeune's water supply. Many of these chemicals in Camp Lejeune's water supply fall under the umbrella of volatile organic compounds, which the EPA states are “human-made…industrial solvents…[that are] common groundwater contaminants.”

Specific Volatile Organic Compounds Are The Source of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

A major source of harmful Volatile Organic Compounds was a nearby dry cleaning business. Dry cleaning businesses use a chemical called Perchloroethylene (PCE) to clean fabrics, and PCE from the ABC One Hour Cleaners' leaked into the adjacent groundwater. The contaminated water was then distributed by the camp's own Tarawa Terrace well system, which was constructed to provide Camp Lejeune with water in 1951.

We now have medical evidence that individuals were exposed to the contamination at Camp Lejeune since at least 1953. Sadly, this information was kept hidden from our veterans and other residents of this military training base.

Another origin of water contamination was the Hadnot Point water well at Camp Lejeune, which was primarily impacted by a chemical known as Trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is thought to have entered the water supply from multiple sources such as waste disposal sites and damaged underground storage containers.

At one point in 1979, the Hadnot Point Fuel Farm also experienced a spill that dumped tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the ground, further contaminating the Hadnot Point water well and resulting in contamination of the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. A wide array of other toxic chemicals have been found in Camp Lejeune water.

Harmful Chemicals Were Found in Camp Lejeune's Water Supply

A recent CDC investigation identified PCE and TCE, along with other harmful chemicals, as the primary culprits for the contamination at Camp Lejeune. These hazardous chemicals contaminated water used for drinking, bathing, and cooking.

Toxic chemicals such as PCE and TCE are absorbed through the skin, ingestion, and inhalation, making it difficult if not impossible to prevent exposure while living or working on the base at Camp Lejeune according to both scientific and medical evidence. The above-referenced chemicals pose very serious health concerns.

PCE Caused the Most Harm to Camp Lejeune Residents

At the height of the PCE contamination of the Tarawa Terrace well system, levels of the toxic chemical were measured at 43 times the safe limit in drinking water. Science has since linked the PCE from the dry cleaners to many serious health conditions and symptoms experienced by residents of Camp Lejeune.

Once PCE is absorbed in the body, it is able to disperse through the bloodstream and cause injuries to organs and the central nervous system. Exposure to PCE has been causally linked to bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and end-stage renal disease.

Toxic TCE Levels Were Astronomically High at Camp Lejeune

PCE wasn't the only chemical wreaking havoc on the health of Camp Lejeune's families. TCE levels were 280 times the amount that the EPA deems safe for drinking water. Like PCE, TCE is harmful when it enters the human body, especially in such large amounts.

In addition to being a carcinogen, TCE can be incredibly harmful to unborn babies, causing life-threatening conditions and deformities. TCE exposure has been linked to leukemia, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, Parkinson's disease, end-stage renal disease, and scleroderma.

Other Medical Conditions Linked to Both PCE and TCE Exposure

  • eye defects
  • fetal death
  • low birth weight
  • miscarriage
  • neural tube defects
  • oral cleft defects
  • breast cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • Hodgkins disease
  • ovarian cancer
  • neurobehavioral performance deficits
  • prostate cancer
  • rectal cancer

Vinyl Chloride Linked to Liver Issues and Various Cancers

The industrial chemical vinyl chloride was detected in the Hadnot Point well along with TCE. it is a gas that can travel through contaminated water and be released into the air when water is used for cooking, washing clothes, or bathing.

In the case of Camp Lejeune water contamination, vinyl chloride exposure has been identified as a causal factor for liver cancer. There is also evidence to suggest vinyl chloride is responsible for liver cirrhosis, and brain, lung, and soft tissue cancer.

Camp Lejeune's Water Contained Cancer-Causing Chemical Benzene

It is believed that benzene entered the water supply at Camp Lejeune through the Hadnot Point well water system, spreading this chemical into the homes and job sites of unsuspecting military service members and their families.

Benzene is a chemical used for industrial purposes. It is a known carcinogenic that is known for causing leukemia and other blood-related health issues, such as compromising the immune system and damaging bone marrow.

The Navy Knew Camp Lejeune's Water Was Potentially Unsafe

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case

One of the key points in the water contamination lawsuits brought against the government is the Navy was aware of the health issues the contamination at Camp Lejeune posed. They failed to prevent contaminants from entering the base's well water, or recognize that the serious health issues impacting people at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were connected.

U.S. Navy Failed to Share Their Knowledge of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

The U.S. Navy also failed to warn Marines and their families once they discovered there was a potential issue with toxic chemicals in the water supply, which had been detected in multiple wells as early as the 1940s. These wells were shut down, but the contamination at Camp Lejeune was not.

The U.S. Government Can Be Held Liable for Water Contamination Due to Negligence

While levels of toxic substances like PCE and TCE increased after the dry cleaners were established and the base grew, new Camp Lejeune lawsuits will contend that base leadership should have been well aware of the risk of water contamination based on prior experience and therefore had the responsibility to act.

The failure to warn of the above-referenced dangers will be the basis for establishing that the U.S. government is liable for the damages of Camp Lejeune families who became ill or lost loved ones due to contaminated water.

Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune is Responsible for Serious Injuries and Fatalities

With thousands of Marines and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune over a 30-year period, the scope of the damage is staggering. So far, the toxic chemicals in the water supply have been tied to a variety of cancers and other debilitating health conditions. These illnesses can take a tremendous physical, financial, and emotional toll on the sick individual and their family.

The Tragic Costs of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Health issues caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune can force a family to sacrifice opportunities when a sick member needs a full-time caregiver, incur a lifetime's worth of medical debt, and fight for their lives through invasive and exhausting treatments, like chemotherapy.

Tragically, some Camp Lejeune residents have already lost the battle, leaving their families without a parent and provider or irreparably distraught over the loss of a child.

Non-cancerous personal injuries and illnesses:

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Impaired immune system
  • Neurological effects
  • Neurobehavioral performance deficiencies
  • Severe hypersensitivity skin disorder
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Parkinson disease
  • Scleroderma
  • birth defects

Birth Defects and Conditions Related to Exposure to Contaminated Water:

  • Low birth weight
  • Fetal death
  • Major malformations/disfigurement
  • Miscarriage
  • Neural tube defects
  • Oral cleft defects
  • Small for gestational age
  • Choanal atresia
  • Eye defects
  • Cardiac defects

In many cases, the effects of Camp Lejeune's contaminated water were not apparent until years later. Unfortunately, this has had the effect of depriving many families of the compensation they are rightfully owed. Our Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers are prepared to help families take advantage of their right to seek a fair settlement in light of the soon-to-be-passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. Call our Camp Lejeune lawyers as soon as possible at 866-932-3641.

Damages Inflicted by Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Damages are the losses that a plaintiff suffers as a result of a liable party's negligence. Knowing what damages you have suffered and calculating their value is an integral part of filing a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit. In the case of those harmed by Camp Lejeune water contamination, the damages inflicted by exposure to chemicals such as PCE and TCE can not only be severe but long-term as well.

Types of Damages Available Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act

Economic damages are usually the most apparent and consist of financial losses caused by personal injuries like such as cancer or disorders that develop due to water contamination. These damages are measurable in dollar terms thanks to bills, invoices, wage calculations, etc., and are often the first losses that come to mind.

Compensation can involve not only past and immediate expenses incurred because of water contamination injuries but future costs too.

Non-economic damages can also be claimed in personal injury lawsuits. These damages are not tangible but still are significant in terms of their negative effects on a plaintiff's quality of life.

Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you calculate your damages and pursue compensation

The following are some potential damages that could be claimed in a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.

  • Medical bills
    • Lab Tests
    • Ambulance Rides
    • Surgeries
    • Hospital Stays
    • Medication
    • Home Healthcare Services
    • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Potential
    • Costs of Job Retraining
    • Missed Promotions
    • Inability to Continue Career
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Punitive Damages
  • Physical Disfigurement/Scarring
  • Permanent Disability

Damages Inflicted by Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Damages are the losses that a plaintiff suffers as a result of a liable party's negligence. Knowing what damages you have suffered and calculating their value is an integral part of filing a personal injury lawsuit. In the case of those harmed by Camp Lejeune water contamination, the damages inflicted by exposure to chemicals such as PCE and TCE can not only be severe but long-term as well.

Economic damages are usually the most apparent and consist of financial losses caused by personal injuries like such as cancer or disorders that develop due to water contamination. These damages are measurable in dollar terms thanks to bills, invoices, wage calculations, etc., and are often the first losses that come to mind.

Compensation can involve not only past and immediate expenses incurred because of water contamination injuries but future costs too.

Non-economic damages can also be claimed in personal injury lawsuits. These damages are not tangible but still are significant in terms of their negative effects on a plaintiff's quality of life.

Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you determine damages you may not have realized you can seek compensation for and can calculate their value.

The following are some potential damages that could be claimed in a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.

  • Medical bills
    • Lab Tests
    • Ambulance Rides
    • Surgeries
    • Hospital Stays
    • Medication
    • Home Healthcare Services
    • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Potential
    • Costs of Job Retraining
    • Missed Promotions
    • Inability to Continue Career
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Punitive Damages
  • Physical Disfigurement/Scarring
  • Permanent Disability

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Who Qualifies to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

The Camp Lejeune lawsuits will most likely be put into a class-action lawsuit in order to produce consistent settlement outcomes and conserve government resources, as Camp Lejeune families are spread out across the U.S. and potentially across the world. As a class-action case, the water contamination lawsuits will likely be heard in North Carolina and consist of personal injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of those who performed military service, civilian workers, family members, and former residents of the area.

Anyone who has sustained an injury or illness caused by their exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base, or those families affected, may be eligible to recover compensation for damages, provided that they qualify based on the list outlined below.

This includes Camp Lejeune veterans and service members, their families, and civilian contractors who were present at the time of the contamination. The families of those that have since died from their illnesses caused by Camp Lejeune's contaminated water may also seek compensation for costs like funeral expenses, lost income contribution, and loss of parental guidance.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers - Understanding the Criteria for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

In order to be able to seek damages against the federal government for its negligence in allowing decades of contamination to the water at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base, you must meet certain requirements. To be eligible under the new Camp Lejeune Justice Act, you must have lived, worked, served, or been in utero at Camp Lejeune:

  • For at least 30 cumulative days
  • Between the dates of August 31st, 1953, and December 31st, 1987
  • And have developed one of the diseases or conditions stipulated by the CDC

If you meet these conditions and want to pursue damages for the costs you have incurred, you will still need a skilled mass tort lawyer to prove your injuries resulted from the government's failure to prevent or alert families to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

While the government may be willing to cede the argument that negligence was present due to overwhelming evidence of contamination, the real fight will be ensuring that individuals and family members are properly compensated for their injuries and health care.

At Dolman Law Group, we have ample experience investigating and demonstrating how an injury has impacted the life of a client. Marine Corps veterans and their families deserve to be fully compensated for their harm and losses.

How Can a Water Contamination Lawyer Help Me With My Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

If you or your family were exposed to toxic chemicals while living or working at Camp Lejeune, you may have spent decades dealing with unexplained health issues, only to discover that your own home was poisoned with contaminated tap water for decades. Dangerous chemicals did in fact enter the drinking water and affect the drinking water's quality and safety.

A water contamination lawyer can help you prove that your personal injury or the death of your loved one was more likely than not caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune's contaminated water supply. It can also be difficult to show that your illness is directly tied to a specific event, rather than related to other prior health conditions.

This will likely require many hours of intense research, conversations with the military, environmental, and medical experts, as well as coordination of resources, and persistent negotiations with the government's legal team. You'll need a Camp Lejeune lawyer who has experience examining dense medical records, proving causation, and detailing the implications of your injuries on your health and finances.

Dolman Law Group is Ready to Help Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims

The lawyers of Dolman Law Group are experts at handling complex cases, like those involving injuries sustained decades ago. We know how to construct a compelling toxic exposure claim that captures the true scope of what you have lost, whether that be your health, a loved one, your independence, or your ability to work.

Our legal team has years of experience in taking on many class-action lawsuits to recover injured clients' damages. Former clients of Dolman Law Group will vouch for our strategic perspective, solid legal advice, and dedication to achieving fair settlement outcomes for our clients.

The lawyers of Dolman Law Group have received a variety of awards for our legal services, but we believe that it is our word-of-mouth reputation that has made us some of the most sought-after attorneys in personal injury law. We will make your needs our priority as we work tirelessly to recover your losses in a Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit.

Contact Dolman Law Group for Help With Your Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Our law firm holds enormous respect for service members and their families who make tremendous sacrifices for our country every day. After decades of disappointment, we believe that Camp Lejeune victims who became ill or died from exposure to contaminated drinking water have a good chance of recovering fair settlements from the United States government thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act

Dolman Law Group has built a national reputation for giving a voice to injured clients who have been harmed by someone else's negligence and consistently delivering the results they expect. We won't be intimidated by going up against the federal government or taking your Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit to trial. Our Camp Lejeune lawyers have the financial resources to handle any size case.

The window to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit will be limited, so we encourage you to explore your legal options in a free consultation with Dolman Law Group as soon as possible. Our skilled lawyers will guide you through the process of filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit to help you recover the maximum compensation available for your injuries and losses.

Why Choose Dolman Law Group

Dolman Law Group is a nationally recognized and highly regarded law firm. As of date, we have obtained over $400 million in compensation for our clients. We will exhaustively pursue compensation and maximize the damages available for recovery. Our law firm handles Camp Lejeune claims on a national basis. The Camp Lejeune attorneys at Dolman Law Group have over 150+ years of experience handling serious and often catastrophic injury claims.

Matthew Dolman

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Matthew Dolman is the Managing Partner of Dolman Law Group. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum which recognizes injury lawyers who have obtained jury verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 million and $2 million respectively. Matthew has been voted by his colleagues (fellow Florida Bar members) as a Florida Superlawyer on four separate occasions and has similarly been selected as one of Florida's Legal Elite five times. Further, he will be listed in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers.

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Stan Gipe is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Thus, he has been deemed an expert in trial practice and has served as lead counsel on over 2000 lawsuits and multiple trials.

Our law firm offers a free case review to discuss your potential Camp Lejeune lawsuit. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act has been a long time coming and we are glad veterans, civilian workers, and family members will finally have their opportunity to seek justice.


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