What Compensation Can I Get if I Am a Camp Lejeune Victim
High levels of harmful chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987 can cause serious health conditions, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Qualifying individuals can file a claim for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or file a lawsuit to seek recovery for their medical expenses, as well as compensation payments.
Previously, people who lived or worked at the camp could not sue the government for the injuries they suffered due to exposure to the contaminants at the base. The law has now changed. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) now enables affected families to recover financial damages from the U.S Federal Government for the harm caused.
How Much Compensation Victims of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Can Seek
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At this stage, it is difficult to say how much Camp Lejeune injury compensation will be with certainty. However, financial damages will likely be tiered by the severity of the plaintiff’s qualifying health condition and its effect on their life. The Congressional Budget Office estimates spending for compensation to victims of Camp Lejeune to start at 8.5 billion and climb from there over time.
Similar lawsuits have resulted in juries awarding plaintiffs billions of dollars. For example, according to Reuters, Johnson & Johnson had to pay about $3.5 billion in settlements and verdicts after evidence linked their talcum powder to ovarian cancer. The Associated Press reported that Roundup manufacturer Bayer paid $4.5 billion in lawsuits for cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with the use of its product. Every case is unique, though. Our legal team can discuss your potential compensation in more detail when we look into your case.
What Medical Conditions and Diseases Are Covered Under the CLJA?
- Aplastic anemia
- Congenital disabilities
- Bladder cancer
- Female infertility
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
The CLJA also recognizes the following cancers as presumptive, meaning there’s less evidence to establish a causal link to the contaminated water supply at the base:
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
As more research is published, other health conditions may also be added in the months ahead.
Who Qualifies for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune and developed one of the health conditions listed above from exposure to the contaminated water for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987 is eligible to file a lawsuit.
The 30 days do not have to be continuous, and this civil action is available to veterans, military personnel, civilian workers, and family members (including people in utero at the time of exposure to toxic substances at Camp Lejeune).
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You Can Afford to Hire a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer From Our Firm
We understand that you have your choice of a law firm. When you are looking for legal help with your Camp Lejeune water contamination case, you shouldn’t have to worry about risking further financial loss.
If you are seeking advice about making a claim, good signs to look out for are South Carolina Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer, like ours, that offer a free consultation and provide their services on a no-win-no-fee basis. This is a fee structure we afford our clients. It allows us to help victims and their families get started on a case without incurring additional financial risk.
How Do I File A Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
While everyone affected by Camp Lejeune has the right to a jury trial, you need to go through the administrative process first. Before filing a lawsuit, you will need to show that you or a loved one was:
- Living or working at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987
- Exposed to contaminated water at the base
- Developed a qualifying illness related to toxic exposure
We can help you to check whether you or a loved one can file a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination claim during a free consultation, and if you have further questions, we can help you with those too. If you meet the requirements listed above, we can help you to gather the evidence to prove your eligibility and complete the required paperwork to begin the administrative claim process.
To do this, we can use military records, medical records, and other evidence to show proof of presence at the camp and your illness. Next, we assess your financial damages due to your health condition before filing your claim.
We will need to file a formal complaint in federal court detailing your circumstances and financial damages. All necessary case administration is prepared and filed for when the lawsuit begins.
Contact Our Camp Lejeune Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one lived or worked at Camp Lejeune and developed cancer or another illness from exposure to the contaminated water supply, we can help you complete and file all the paperwork for your claim or lawsuit. It is vital to ensure all forms are completed accurately and in as much detail as possible to give you the best chance of an appropriate financial recovery. We are here to help you do just that.
You deserve to focus on your health and physical recovery. Let our legal team handle the rest. Contact Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo, LLC. at (800) 313-2546 for a free consultation to learn about your legal options and how we can put our legal team to work for you today.