Military families that were based at Camp Lejeune from August 1953 to December 1987 may finally get the chance to seek justice after being exposed to contaminated water at the Marine Corps base camp in North Carolina. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which has passed the U.S. House and is headed to the U.S. Senate, would allow individuals that have suffered from this water contamination a chance to pursue lawsuits for related illnesses against the United States government.
Life-Changing Illnesses and Symptoms of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
The exposure to dangerous contaminants in the drinking water is likely to have increased the risk and development of numerous cancers and illnesses. Some of these contaminants include tetrachloroethylene , perchloroethylene (PCE) vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and other compounds. The wide range of suspected illnesses and symptoms from Camp Lejeune water contamination include the following:
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Adverse birth outcomes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Renal toxicity
- Parkinson’s Disease
The report produced by ATSDR, or Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, found that these various cancers, leukemias and other illnesses are directly linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. According to the ATSDR report, some of the sources of contamination include leaking underground storage tanks, waste disposal sites, and an off-base drycleaners.
Why the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is so Important
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides a two-year revival period when previously time-barred claims can be brought against the United States government. Should the act pass with Senate approval and become law it will override a serious legal hurdle for victims. North Carolina’s statute of repose previously barred these claims. Now, however, an individual who resided, worked or was otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) to Camp Lejeune’s water for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may sue the government in the United States District Court for the Eastern District Court of North Carolina. The Rhine Law Firm is located in and regularly practices in the Eastern District of NC.
Experienced Attorneys for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims
It is very important to work with experienced tort attorneys who are familiar with the subject matter, location, and court system. This is our backyard. This is our home.
The lawyers of Rhine Law Firm are local to North Carolina and represent clients nationwide. We already have pending lawsuits in the Eastern District of North Carolina, including representing service members and their families over housing conditions at Camp Lejeune.
Our legal team is ready to assist you or your family members that have been negatively impacted by the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune. According to the ATSDR this water contamination has been present since the early 1950’s and potentially impacted millions of military and civilian families. The Marine Corps first discovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water in 1982, leading to the wells being shut down 3 years later. Our team is on top of the growing accumulation of research that these hazardous substances have caused numerous illnesses and cancers.
How Do I file a Claim as a victim of the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
Our local Wilmington, NC injury attorneys can help you to accumulate the evidence to successfully prosecute a claim. Some of the evidence required includes the following documents:
- Documentation proving that you or a family member lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for a minimum of 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.
- Documentation of medical records for you or family members showing that you or loved ones experienced one of the severe illnesses or health effects related to the water contamination exposure.
Please do not hesitate to contact our local team of lawyers to assist you in filing a claim. We work tirelessly to get our clients and their family members the compensation they deserve. We are available 24/7 to assist with the claim-filing process.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the disastrous consequences and adverse effects on your life. Our top-rated and accomplished attorneys at Rhine Law Firm, P.C., are representing victims of this tragedy and are here to help.
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