Alabama has thousands of veterans suffering from diseases and illnesses related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune. A congressional report released in 2012 stated that as many as 750,000 veterans and their families may have been exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987. Of those veterans, an estimated 12,000 live in Alabama.
Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune and later developed one of the 15 diseases or illnesses linked to the water contamination there may be eligible for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA has recognized eight of those diseases as presumptive illnesses linked to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune: cancer (including leukemia), birth defects, hepatitis, kidney damage, lung damage, neurobehavioral effects, miscarriage or stillbirth, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In order to be eligible for disability benefits, veterans must provide evidence that they were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time when the water was contaminated and that they have since developed one of the eight presumptive illnesses. Many veterans find it difficult to provide this evidence, as military records are often incomplete or lack information about where a veteran was stationed. The VA is currently working on a database that will include information about which military members were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time of contamination.
Veterans who do not currently have any of the eight presumptive illnesses may still be eligible for other benefits from the VA if they can provide evidence that they were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. These benefits could include medical care for conditions related to exposure to the water, including cancer treatment, and compensation for income lost due to illness.
If you are a veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time of contamination and have since developed one of the presumptive illnesses, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to significant compensation.
The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune was the direct result of the Marine Corp improperly disposing of toxic cleaning solvents that contaminated the base’s drinking water.but recently has been linked to a wide range of illnesses ranging from cancer to birth defects and neurobehavioral effects. Between 1953 and 1987, wells at Camp Lejeune were contaminated. It is estimated that over 1 million Marines, Sailors, their families and civilian employees of the base were exposed to this toxic water.
Unfortunately, the statute of limitations previously barred victims from recovering compensation for the damages they suffered. However, a new federal law is in its final stages. This law is expected to soon be passed by Congress and signed by the president.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) of 2022 will allow victims to file lawsuits over this contaminated water to recover the necessary compensation. Contact our legal team to get started with your case today.
This new legislation is a true blessing for those who suffered a water toxicity-related disease due to exposure at Camp Lejeune. If you lost a loved one or you became ill as a result of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune we can help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation from the government.
This horrendous betrayal by the United States government is the worst public water system failure in American history.
During that time, United States Marine Corps (USMC) service members and their families living at the base bathed in and ingested tap water that was contaminated with harmful chemicals at concentrations from 240 to 3400 times levels permitted by safety standards. An undetermined number of former base residents later developed cancer or other ailments, which many blame on the contaminated drinking water. Victims claim that USMC leaders concealed knowledge of the problem and did not act properly in trying to resolve it or notify former base residents that their health might be at risk.The toxicity rates for many of the chemicals discovered in this water were hundreds to thousands of times the acceptable levels allowed by federal safety standards. While many toxins were found in the Camp Lejeune water, the contaminants these lawsuits will primarily focus on are trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, and benzene.
It has taken decades for individuals and their families to get the help they so desperately have needed. Our legal team of trial lawyers are passionate about helping these families get the compensation they should have received a long time ago.
Operating since 1942, Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corp base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Camp Lejeune has been a training and tactical planning facility for all branches of the United States Military and it’s allies. Hundreds of thousands of people have lived or worked at Camp Lejeune.
Testing by the United States Marine Corp in the early 1980’s identified two of the water treatment facilities were polluted with extreme levels of poisonous chemicals. It was proven that this poisonous water existed between 1953 and 1987. Sadly, over one million people were subjected to this contaminated water.
The Hadnot Point treatment plant and the Tarawa Terrace water plant were the primary water source for Camp Lejeune. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) were in the water tanks. These chemicals have been linked
The primary contaminant at the Hadnot Point treatment plant was trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is a colorless and odorless liquid chemical. It is used for a variety of purposes and was most commonly used by the military as a solvent and degreaser. The maximum safe level for TCE is five parts per billion (ppb), while the levels at Hadnot Point were as high as 1,400 ppb.
At Tarawa Terrace, the primary toxin was perchloroethylene (PCE). PCE is a colorless liquid with a mild odor. It is primarily used in the commercial dry-cleaning industry and the contamination was linked to a dry cleaning business near the plant. The maximum safe level for TCE is five ppb, while the levels in the water from Tarawa Terrace were as high as 215 ppb.
The research suggests that the pollutants found from 1953-1987 in Camp Lejeune have contributed to a vast array of health issues. It has come to light that many individuals during that timeframe have recently been subjected to Birth Defects, Chronic Illnesses, Neurological Disorders and Various Cancers. Many scientist say, that the fatality rate from cancers and other illnesses have increased exponentially due to the pollutants in that water supply. Cancer is one of the major concerns, however, recent studies suggest in addition to cancers other chronic illnesses plague individuals from the contaminated water.
Exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 has been scientifically linked to an increased mortality rate from cancer and other chronic illnesses. In addition to cancer, exposure to this water has been linked to:
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has been studying the effect of exposure on pregnant mothers. They found that TCE, PCE ,and other chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water supply lead to a significantly higher rate neural tube birth defects including spina bifida .
Was your loved one’s death preventable? Have you or someone you know become ill after being exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune? Call (866) 240-2414 to speak to a lawyer in Alabama that can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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