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Camp Lejeune Attorney

Between the 1950s and 1980s, those who worked or resided at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, may have been exposed to contaminated water. Two water wells in the camp were found to be polluted with specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are known carcinogens. These chemicals include vinyl chloride, benzene, perchloroethylene, and trichloroethylene.

The Department of Defense (DOD) acknowledged the contamination of the water wells after years of denying liability and gaslighting the victims. If you or your family fell ill due to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may be entitled to justice and fair compensation. With help from a skilled Camp Lejeune attorney, you can successfully file a claim against the government to obtain a settlement that will cover the losses you incurred, including medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

Health Effects of The Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water

According to the CDC, as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water. They used the water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing their clothes. The people exposed to the water have suffered life-changing and permanent health issues and conditions, such as:

  • Leukemia
  • Infertility
  • Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Miscarriages
  • Birth Defects
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Neurological Defects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Many of these conditions usually require extensive or life-long medical treatments and may cause permanent or potentially fatal complications. Some injured victims may require specialized therapies, disability accommodations, or hospice care.

They may likewise experience reduced quality of life and develop various mental health conditions. Further, they may be unable to work or even perform simple daily tasks. Their families may also face financial challenges to keep up with the overwhelming bills and disease-related expenses.

You Deserve Compensation for Your Injuries and Losses

The Veterans Administration (VA) deemed some of the injured victims’ claims ineligible or denied them outright. Fortunately, President Biden signed into law the Camp Lejeune Justice Act 2022 on August 10, 2022. This law will allow veterans and other qualified individuals to pursue damages resulting from the Camp Lejeune exposure. The Act provides a two-year time limit for injured people to file their claims. Previously, many injured people were barred from filing their claims due to the 10-year statute of repose imposed in North Carolina. 

Discuss Your Case With a Morristown, NJ, Camp Lejeune Attorney

All the victims who suffered catastrophic injuries, diseases, and health effects due to the Camp Lejeune exposure deserve the right to get compensated fairly for their injuries. It is the mission of Leonard Legal Group to provide compassionate and aggressive legal representation to those who have developed various health problems due to years of exposure to contaminated water.

If you believe you or a loved one may be eligible for compensation, please reach out to our Morristown, NJ, Camp Lejeune attorney, Scott Leonard to find out more about your potential case, call our office at 973-984-1414 or fill out our online form to set up a free case review with our Camp Lejeune attorneys today. Scott Leonard is a board-certified civil trial attorney and has been handling personal injury and wrongful death cases for over 25 years and can help you get the compensation you deserve.