Water Contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
It has been discovered that there was a water contamination at a Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s through the 1980s. People who worked or lived near the base in Jacksonville, North Carolina could have been exposed to water that was polluted with industrial solvents, benzene, and other harmful chemicals. Compensation and benefits are available to help people who have been affected. Military, military families who were at the base, staff, and exposed residents could be eligible to apply for benefits. The attorneys at O'Connor Law are available to help victims who have been impacted by this exposure. Our firm wants to help people receive the benefits they deserve from their illnesses and exposure to the harmful pollutants.
Reports have shown that people may develop harmful conditions if they were exposed to the polluted water. Conditions that have been directly related to the water contamination include adult leukemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Parkinson's disease, and other myelodysplastic syndromes. Certain conditions may be applicable to receive certain benefits and compensation. Also, it may be possible for family members of people impacted by the water contamination to receive reimbursement of medical expenses if applicable.
On August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden officially signed the PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. PACT stands for Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins and was introduced in 2021. With the Camp Lejeune Justice Act implemented in law, people who developed health conditions as a result of the contaminated water may be able to receive compensation. This can also apply to veterans and families who were denied benefits previously. In addition to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, The Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act was created in 2012 to help people who were affected by the water contamination. It includes that military veterans with certain conditions may be eligible to receive health care, excluding dental, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
With certain documentation and eligibilities, people can submit an application to receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There are specific qualifications that must be met in order to receive health care. People must have served at the Camp for at least 30 days between the dates of August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. The VA indicates that there are certain health conditions that Veterans have been diagnosed with in order to have health care. Conditions include esophageal cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma, renal toxicity, female infertility, scleroderma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, lung cancer, bladder cancer, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, hepatic steatosis, miscarriage, and neurobehavioral effects.
At O'Connor Law, our team of attorneys understands how difficult it can be to receive benefits after becoming injured. Our staff is ready to help you receive the compensation and benefits that you deserve. If you or someone you know has been affected by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune and have experienced any of the previously listed illnesses, please call our office at 800- 518-4LAW to speak with an attorney about your case. Visit the webpage
( Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination) for more information provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.