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Toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune is a U.S. Marine Corps military base located in North Carolina whose drinking water was contaminated between 1953 and 1987. People who were stationed there, either alone or with their family members, were exposed to toxic chemicals from drinking water, which now places them at high risk of developing a serious disease. Civilian contractors who worked at Camp Lejeune might have also been exposed to contaminated water.

According to the VA, up to 900,000 Marines, family members, and civilians were exposed to tainted water at Camp Lejeune over a period of 34 years. It is worthy of note that, if you drank contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you will not develop a disease immediately, as these diseases take several years or even decades to occur.

The Tarawa Terrace military housing area on this military base was heavily contaminated with chemicals dumped in the environment by one off-base dry cleaner, whereas the Hadnot Point was contaminated with toxic agents from multiple sources, such as leaking underground storage tanks, industrial area spills, and leaking from a toxic waste dump. The following individuals can file a claim with Camp Lejeune to recover financial compensation:

  • veterans
  • reservists
  • guardsmen
  • wives
  • husbands
  • children

There are numerous medical studies supporting the causal relation between drinking water contaminated with toxins and various health problems, including serious diseases such as kidney cancer.

What other toxic agents were present on Camp Lejeune?

The following are the  hazardous agents polluting the drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina:

  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • vinyl chloride
  • benzene

If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and noticed a new onset of symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately, as you may have developed a serious disease. However, because these diseases are often misdiagnosed, it is a good idea to seek a second and even a third opinion in order to receive a correct and accurate diagnosis.

Eligibility criteria to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Camp Lejeune water contamination victims might be entitled to financial compensation if they struggle with diseases caused by drinking toxic water at the military base. Veterans who were stationed there might be eligible to file both a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act and a VA claim to obtain disability compensation. However, there are certain eligibility requirements for former Marines and family members injured by toxic water at the military base who are seeking financial compensation.

The following are the eligibility criteria for veterans, reservists, and guardsmen who intend to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim:

  • they must have been stationed at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987
  • they must have spent at least 30 consecutive days at Camp Lejeune during that period
  • they must have drunk contaminated water at the military base
  • they must have one of the diseases linked to drinking toxic water
  • they must retrieve their military records and their medical records
  • they must not have received a dishonorable discharge from the military

These are the eligibility requirements for the family members of veterans injured by drinking toxic water at Camp Lejeune during the last century:

  • they must have been stationed at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987
  • they must have spent at least 30 consecutive days at Camp Lejeune during that period
  • they must have drunk toxic water at the military base
  • they must have one of the diagnoses associated with drinking contaminated water
  • they must retrieve their medical records, which must explain the link between their illness and toxic exposure
  • they must provide us with evidence of having lived at Camp Lejeune, such as utility bills, base housing records, military orders, or tax forms
  • they must send us a document proving their relationship to a former Marine whom they were stationed with, such as a marriage license, birth certificate, or adoption papers
  • their physician must complete the Camp Lejeune Family Member Program Treating Physician Report

We are well aware that, to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim, your case must meet many criteria. For this reason, we encourage you to contact Atraxia Law, as we can easily help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim and obtain financial compensation. Our expert team has the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to thoroughly review your case and determine your eligibility, so if you are a Camp Lejeune toxic water victim, do not hesitate to contact us.

Diseases linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination

There are only certain diagnoses that make you eligible for seeking compensation, as there must be a definitive causal relation between these diseases and exposure to this group of toxic chemicals. The following are the health problems and diseases you can file a  claim for:

It is important to note that, for Camp Lejeune water contamination victims, certain diseases are presumptive, which means the individual does not have to provide evidence of the association between their health problem and toxic water exposure at the military base when filing a VA claim. This is because these illnesses already have a strong connection with drinking toxic water. The following are the presumptive conditions for which former Camp Lejeune Marines can file a VA claim without needing to prove the link between their disease and exposure to contaminated water:

  • bladder cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • liver cancer
  • adult leukemia
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • multiple myeloma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • aplastic anemia
  • myelodysplastic syndromes
  • esophageal cancer
  • miscarriage
  • neurobehavioral effects
  • breast cancer (male and female)
  • lung cancer
  • female infertility

We can assist you in filing a Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim

Sadly, many Camp Lejeune veterans pass away without having benefited from the compensation they were entitled to, either because they feared a long and complex legal process or because they died before they were able to initiate the legal process. However, if you lost a family member to a disease caused by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune as a veteran, we might be able to help you file a wrongful death claim and obtain financial compensation on their behalf.

To carefully and thoroughly evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a Camp Lejeune veteran, we will only need their military records, which you must retrieve, their medical records, and their death certificate. If we establish that you are entitled to compensation on behalf of your deceased loved one, we will promptly direct you to a reputable, top-notch attorney who can help you file your wrongful death claim.

Atraxia Law can efficiently help you file your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim

With over 35 years of experience in evaluating toxic exposure and personal injury claims, our expert team is ready to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim if you are a veteran or a family member of one who drank contaminated water at the military base and now struggle with a disease. Our team of professionals has the necessary resources, skills, and knowledge to assess your case so that you can know with certainty if you are entitled to financial compensation for your unjust suffering.

The process is simple and will mostly take place over the phone, and the only documents we will request to review your claim are your military records or evidence of your stay at Camp Lejeune and your medical records. If we establish that you are eligible to file a water contamination claim, we will put you in touch with a reliable, top-notch attorney to have your claim filed as soon as possible and obtain the money you deserve. Whether you are a former Marine or a family member of one, Atraxia Law is here to offer you quality assistance. To see the timeline of events related to Camp Lejeune lawsuits/claims please follow the link.

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