Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorneys
Were you or a loved one affected by Camp Lejeune's contaminated water?
If you or a loved one developed disease from the water at Camp Lejeune, contact the experienced toxic chemical exposure attorneys at Murray & Murray to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for Medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability and loss of society and companionship. Our team can take your call and answer any questions at 800-624-3009.
Camp Lejeune Personal Injury Attorneys
Camp Lejeune's drinking water was contaminated with several harmful chemicals, including benzene, vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) between 1953 and 1987. Estimates state that the water quality at United States Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune affected over one million military members, civilian employees and their children. The United States Government denied responsibility for the high illness rates on the North Carolina base until now.
Water Contamination Causes Serious Illnesses
Although the contamination occurred over 30 years ago, many victims still suffer from ingesting, bathing in or otherwise using those harmful chemicals. Former residents are being diagnosed with a Parkinson's Disease, liver and kidney conditions, several types of cancer, fertility and miscarriages as well as several other serious illnesses. Many children died young of cancer or were born with congenital disabilities. Those who were exposed also are prone to:
- Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver)
- Renal toxicity
- Cardiac defects
- Multiple myeloma (plasma cell cancer)
- Neurobehavioral disorders
- Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)
- Miscarriage and fertility issues
- Nephrotoxicity (kidney damage)
- Cancer of kidneys, liver, bladder, brain, lung, thyroid or esophagus
- Leukemia (In Adults or Children)
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (lymphatic system cancer)
- Myelodysplastic syndromes (abnormalities in the body's blood cell production)
- Parkinson's disease
- Birth Defect / Birth Injury including:
- Childhood leukemia
- Childhood non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Spina bifida
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Cognitive Disorder
- Cardiac Birth Defect
- Kidney Disease
- Other Serious Medical Condition
Camp Lejeune Legal History
The "presumptive service connection" was passed in 2008. It helps veterans who were disabled in some way that is presumed to be connected with their service. For Camp Lejeune, this act only acknowledges eight of the many illnesses the contamination causes. To receive help for any other condition, the patient must prove that the water contamination caused it.
Veterans were able to seek care for their Camp Lejeune illnesses through the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act that passed in 2012. Unfortunately, this legislation did not assist civilian employees or the families of veterans who were affected and only covered certain illnesses. The Department of Veteran's Affairs denied many claims.
Justice for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims
President Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law on August 10, 2022. To receive benefits, plaintiffs must prove that they and/or a loved one suffered harm from living, working or serving at Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. This law is the first Camp Lejeune legislation to assist civilian workers and their families, veterans, and their families.
Those who want to receive compensation must prove that "a causal relationship exists" or evidence is "sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship is at least as likely as not" between the Camp Lejeune water contamination and their family's health crises.
Call us at 800-624-3009 to speak with an attorney about your options
If you or a loved one developed disease from the water at Camp Lejeune, contact the experienced toxic chemical exposure attorneys at Murray & Murray to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for Medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability and loss of society and companionship.