What Illnesses Were Caused by the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Many servicemen and women and their families serving at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987 were exposed to water contamination, resulting in illnesses and other health problems, such as cancer, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
If you or a service member you love have any illnesses you believe are the result of water contamination exposure at Camp Lejeune, our legal team will go over the various potential health problems and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
How Did the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune Occur?
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Since 1942, Camp Lejeune has been a Marine Corps base that serves as home to many servicemen, women, and their families. Marines and their families were at risk of exposure to water contamination at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. The contamination is the result of unsafe levels of certain chemicals in the water.
These chemicals include benzene, vinyl chloride, tetrachloroethylene, a metal degreaser known as trichloroethylene, and the dry cleaning agent perchloroethylene. The military and the United States government discovered the contamination in 1982.
Can You File a Lawsuit for Illnesses Caused by the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
In August 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law, allowing victims of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune to file lawsuits in federal court to recover damages. This means you can file a lawsuit to seek financial damages if you were exposed to the toxic water at the military base and now suffer from a related illness.
You could receive financial recovery for your medical bills and compensation payments. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also allows qualifying individuals to file a claim for VA benefits after suffering an illness caused by the Camp Lejeune water contamination. In order to qualify for benefits, you must have served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987 and must not have received a dishonorable discharge.
Illnesses and Symptoms
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune resulted in various illnesses with multiple symptoms. According to VA, these health conditions include:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
Symptoms of water contamination-related health problems can include, but are not limited to:
- Weight loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Urination problems
- Loss of appetite
You or someone you love may not even have made the connection between the water contamination at Camp Lejeune and your health problems. We urge you to schedule a visit with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms and were at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. Early treatment of any of the above illnesses is best.
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How Can You Document Your Illness Caused by the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
Before making a claim or filing a lawsuit, you should gather evidence to strengthen your compensation case. If you believe your illness results from exposure to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, you will need to prove that you were at the military base and that you were diagnosed with one of the above health problems.
The evidence you can gather to document your claim includes the following:
- Military records
- Medical records
- Veterans Administration documents
- Documentation of prior benefits and disability claims
- Other documentation proving you were at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987
Our law firm can assist you in obtaining the records you need. The more evidence we can provide in your case increases the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Our Law Firm Can Handle Your Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case
Our law firm has won million-dollar settlements for clients. Water contamination at Camp Lejeune is the cause of many illnesses and diseases, and you have the right to seek justice and compensation. We can handle your legal case so you can focus on everything else.
We have more than 25 years of experience fighting for compensation for clients like you who were hurt through no fault of their own. By hiring us to take your legal case, you can expect us to:
- Collect evidence: We will look into your claim and gather evidence to support it, such as documentation that you were at the base and your medical records.
- Calculate your losses: We will calculate the value of your losses so you can receive the compensation you and your family deserve.
- Contingency fee basis: You don’t pay us unless we win your case.
- We come to you: We offer home and hospital visits if you are unable to see us at one of our offices.
- Represent you in court: We will take your case to trial if necessary and represent you. We will fight for your rights.
In addition, our law firm offers free consultations so you can talk to us about your case without having to worry about paying anything. We strongly believe that everyone should have access to legal representation regardless of financial status.
Contact Us Today If You Have an Illness Resulting From Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Thousands of military service members, civilian contractors, and their families have been waiting too long to receive compensation and justice. If you were at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987 and developed serious health problems in connection with water contamination at the base, you and your loved ones can seek compensation.
The law firm of Poulin | Willey | Anastopoulo, LLC. serve North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. We proudly support and respect our military servicemen and women and their families. We want to help you secure the compensation you deserve to recover your losses. For a free consultation, contact us today at (800) 313-2546.