Toxic water at Camp Lejeune
If you are a veteran, you most likely have seen or heard the numerous TV, radio, newspaper, and internet ads encouraging vets to file Camp Lejuene Justice Act lawsuits. The lawsuits are related to a past water contamination issue a Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through 1987 are eligible to receive health benefits for medical conditions resulting from exposure to toxic chemicals. Vets and their dependents now are able to file a civil suit against the federal government.
In 1982, the government tested the water supply at the base and found cancer-causing contaminants, including benzene. These chemicals cause cancer and other harmful diseases and afflictions. Illegal dumping from a local dry cleaning service and leaking fuel tanks on the base is responsible for the contamination. The water supply issue links to a long list of almost 40 medical conditions and diseases. Those conditions include: kidney cancer, liver cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, adult leukemia, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, aplastic anemia, and other myelodysplastic syndromes, and bladder cancer.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act and Honoring Our PACT Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, signed into law this past August, is part of the larger Honoring Our PACT Act. This act allows Camp Lejeune contamination victims to sue the United States government for damages. Those already receiving VA benefits or other compensation caused by the contamination still can sue and not lose benefits. Currently, approximately one million people are potentially affected and more than 17,000 filed lawsuits against the government. By filing a lawsuit, veterans, individuals, and families can obtain the compensation they deserve for their pain, suffering, and loss.
How do I get started?
Those most affected by the Camp Lejuene Justice Act contamination are the veterans and their family members who lived on the base. Contractors and others providing services on the Marine base are also eligible. If you feel you, or know someone who would fall under those parameters and has medical records showing a diagnosis with multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, adult leukemia, or another severe condition, please contact our office, Amil Minora Law, for immediate legal advice.