Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorneys

Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky attorneys are currently investigating cases on behalf of military personnel and their families exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.

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For decades, hundreds of thousands of military personnel and their families stationed at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina were exposed to contaminated water.  Between 1953 and 1987, servicemen and their families drank, cooked with, and bathed in water laced with dangerous chemicals. The chemicals found in the water at Camp Lejeune have been linked to serious, and sometimes deadly injuries, including various types of cancer. As a result of this exposure, dedicated military personnel and their families have suffered from, or are at an increased risk of suffering from, many debilitating diseases and other health conditions.

EXTREME LEVELS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS

Testing of the water supply performed at Camp Lejeune revealed that the base’s water sources were highly contaminated from at least 1953 through 1987. The testing showed the water was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other carcinogenic chemicals. One VOC, Perchloroethylene (PCE), was found present in the water at levels over 43 times the safe legal limit for human exposure. Another VOC, Trichloroethylene (TCE), was found at levels nearly 700 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum safety limit. In addition to VOCs, Camp Lejeune’s water supply was found to be contaminated with benzene and vinyl chloride. The contamination levels were so high that in 1989, the EPA designated Camp Lejeune as a Superfund site and added it to the National Priorities List of known releases of hazardous substances.

ASSOCIATED MEDICAL CONDITIONS

The toxic chemicals found in Camp Lejeune’s water have been linked to a variety of cancers and health problems. If you or your loved ones were diagnosed with, or experienced any of the following, after your time at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for compensation:

  • Infertility
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

COMPENSATION MAY BE AVAILABLE

On January 25, 2022, “The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022” was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This law allows military service members, their families, and other civilians harmed by exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune to seek compensation for their injuries.

The bill was signed into law by President Biden on August 10, 2022, as part of a larger legislative initiative supporting our country’s armed forces. Under the bill, individuals who were stationed, living, or working at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 may qualify for compensation. Camp Lejeune water contamination victims are able to finally seek the justice they deserve.

UNMATCHED COMMITMENT

SMB’s Toxic Tort team, led by partner Larry Cohan, has represented water contamination victims and victims of other toxic chemical exposures for over 40 years. Mr. Cohan and his team continue to fight on behalf of people who have been injured, advocating for clean water for all of us, and ensuring that those responsible for polluting our water are held accountable. SMB is currently investigating cases on behalf of individuals who were stationed at, lived on, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and who have experienced negative health effects. Our team will guide you through the litigation process and will fight for you. SMB is committed to obtaining the results you need and deserve.

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FAQS:

1.​ Do I need a lawyer to represent me in the Camp Lejeune litigation?

We strongly recommend you hire an attorney to help with your Camp Lejeune lawsuit. Chemical exposure cases are highly complex and require significant legal, scientific, and medical expertise. An experienced chemical exposure and toxic tort attorney will be able to help you navigate through the complex legal process and will give you the best chance at a successful resolution of your case.

2. How long do I have to file a claim for Camp Lejeune water contamination injuries?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 sets a 2-year time period to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. The Act was passed on August 10, 2022, which means that you have until August 9, 2024 to file your Camp Lejeune lawsuit. If you believe you may have a claim, you should reach out to an attorney immediately. Do not wait until the deadline to file claims.

3. How much will Camp Lejeune victims get?

It is too early in the litigation to even approximate the potential value of these claims. As the litigation develops and as cases go to trial and are settled, we will have a better idea of the true value of these claims. Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky have committed significant time and resources into this litigation and while we do not yet know how much Camp Lejeune victims will receive, we anticipate that eligible Camp Lejeune victims will receive significant compensation.

4. What conditions are covered under the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which allows us to file Camp Lejeune lawsuits, does not set out specifical medical conditions that one must have in order to file a lawsuit. While there is no defined list of medical conditions, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has published a list of conditions that are most strongly linked to exposure to chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune. Those injuries are:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

If you were diagnosed with one of these injures after living, serving, or working at Camp Lejeune, we may be able to pursue a Camp Lejeune lawsuit on your behalf. However, it must be noted that just because you have one of these conditions and were at Camp Lejeune during the relevant timeframe, it does not mean that you will automatically receive compensation. Cases involving these injuries may be stronger cases, but we will still need to prove that your exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune caused your injury.

5. Is there a class action lawsuit for Camp Lejeune Water contamination injuries?

No, there is no Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit at this time. We and other firms around the country will be filing individual lawsuits for victims who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and who suffered a related injury. Because of the number of similar claims that will ultimately be filed, this litigation may be referred to as a “mass tort.” This simply means that there are many similar claims that have been filed in the same court. We expect in excess of 100,000 claims to be filed meaning that this case has the potential to be one of the larger “mass tort” cases in history.

6. Who qualifies for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022, which allows those who have been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, is quite broad. The initial qualifying condition requires having lived, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 12, 1987, for a minimum period of 30 days. Additionally, the claimant must have been exposed to the contaminated water and suffered a harm as a result of the exposure. It is important to remember that just because a claim can be filed, does not mean all filed claims will prevail. Hiring lawyers who are invested in this process will help your chances of success.

7. What is the problem at Camp Lejeune?

The problem at Camp Lejeune was the drinking water. Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with several toxic chemicals. The people who lived, worked, and served at Camp Lejeune were unaware of the contamination. They drank, bathed in, and cooked with the contaminated water. A portion of those people have suffered terrible, and irreparable injuries as a result of exposure to the contaminated water.

8. What made the water at Camp Lejeune toxic?

A variety of sources caused the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Waste disposal practices at the local dry clean, ABC One-Hour Cleaners, was a big source of contamination. Additionally, leaking underground storage tanks, industrial area spills, and other waste disposal sites added to the problem.

9. Is Camp Lejeune water still contaminated?

The government has taken steps to remediate the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

10. How does a camp Lejeune lawsuit work?

If you allow us to represent you in your Camp Lejeune lawsuit, we will first file the required Notice of Claim with the federal government. Thereafter, we will pursue a lawsuit, hire the appropriate experts, and guide you through the litigation process. We will take your case to trial or obtain a meaningful settlement for you. We want to make this process as easy as possible for you.

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