If you or your loved ones suffered an illness from toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, you could be entitled to collect compensation for your damages. With the passing of the PACT Act, Camp Lejeune water contamination victims will have the opportunity to get justice.
One of the Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyers from our team of legal professionals at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will work to obtain the compensation you deserve for what you and your family have been through. We start the process by providing a free case evaluation to learn your story.
How Our Camp Lawsuit Lejeune Lawyers Will Serve You
Our injury attorneys at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P are ready to get to work on your case while you continue receiving needed treatment for your medical conditions and spend time with your loved ones. On your behalf, your assigned Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorney will:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Communicate with all parties
- Gather medical records and other relevant evidence of your diagnosis and exposure
- Determine a value for your case
We offer our services to Camp Lejeune clients on a contingency-fee-basis, so we won’t collect a fee unless and until we secure compensation for you.
Camp Lejeune Victims Can Now Sue the Government for Compensation
The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act (Honoring Our PACT Act or the PACT Act) is a comprehensive piece of legislation to address the health impact of the toxic exposure that military service members often face.
In addition to expanding Veteran Affairs benefits to cover more service members and a greater list of qualifying health presumptions, including toxic exposure-related conditions, it houses the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CLJA).
The CLJA allows victims exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 to seek restitution from the United States government by filing a claim. Our Long Island law firm serving Camp Lejeune toxic water victims will advocate for you as we fight for justice on your behalf.
Who Is Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit?
Nearly one million people were exposed to the contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune US Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. If you believe you are one of these people, you could be entitled to file a case for compensation if you meet one of the three criteria below:
- You lived at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
- You worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
- You were exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, including while in utero.
What Caused the Contaminated Water a Camp Lejeune?
Four main toxins were found in the water at Camp Lejeune in 1982. The water supplied by two wells in the area was contaminated with these chemicals:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Tetrachloroethylene, also called perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
These chemicals have been linked to a series of serious and terminal illnesses that include various cancers and diseases.
Illnesses the Contaminated Water Caused
If you resided or worked at Camp Lejeune within the specified time frame, you could collect compensation if you suffer from cancer, such as:
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes (cancers that impact bone marrow)
- Multiple myeloma
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
Cancer isn’t the only disease those at Camp Lejeune face. They suffer other health complications, like:
- Birth defects (e.g., cardiac defects, eye defects, neural tube defects, oral cleft defects)
- Low birth weight
- Fetal death
- Choanal atresia (nasal passages blocked with bone or tissue)
- Brain injuries
- Hepatic steatosis
- Fatty liver disease
- Neurobehavioral effects (e.g., depression, confusion, delayed recall, decreased blink reflex)
- Neurological effects (e.g., Problems with attention, visual perception, short-term memory, reaction time)
- Renal toxicity
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Impaired immune system
- Severe, generalized hypersensitivity skin disorder
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and other organizations are continually studying the health effects of various volatile organic compounds found in the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
The list of associated health conditions could expand as these organizations learn more about toxic water exposure and illness. Our injury lawyers serving Camp Lejeune victims on Long Island, NY, will continue to monitor the scientific and legal developments that have ramifications for those pursuing justice through a lawsuit.
Even if you have not been diagnosed with a medical condition linked with exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, if you meet any one of the criteria listed above, that you lived, worked, or were exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, you may still be entitled to compensation. Please call our office to learn more and better understand your rights and options.
Seeing a Doctor Can Help With Your Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case
Regardless of the type of illness or injury you are suffering from, seek medical attention immediately and follow through with your prescribed treatment plan. Your health comes first, and seeing a doctor can also help your case for compensation.
Our Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers can use your medical bills to assess your current and future losses, such as long-term medical care. You do not want to leave any money on the negotiating table.
We Will File Your Camp Lejeune Case Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act sets a statute of limitations for lawsuits, allowing victims a set time to file beginning the date of its enactment. Our Camp Lejeune lawyers at serving Long Island are determined to build a strong case for your compensation and file your lawsuit before the clock runs down on the statute of limitations.
We will provide specific information about your legal deadline after learning about your unique situation.
Our Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Lawyer Will Hold the Government Responsible
You could have grounds to hold the United States government accountable for its negligence. The injury lawyers at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. are determined to see victims of Camp Lejeune contaminated water receive compensation for their losses and injuries.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation. We charge nothing upfront, and we have a multilingual staff who can assist you in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.