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Camp Lejeune Lawsuits

Camp Lejeune Claims for Cancer and Other Health ProblemsYou may qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if you suffered from cancer or another health problem after exposure to contaminated water on base.

Do you qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit?

If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987, then you and your family may have been exposed to contaminated water. During that time, several water treatment facilities supplying the base contained volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may lead to fatal cancers, birth defects, and other serious conditions. Although the base did suspend operation of the affected wells upon discovery of the chemicals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that up to 900,000 servicemen and women as well as their families were exposed to toxic substances over a 30 year period.

Base commanders also allegedly allowed contaminated wells to go back online despite repeated warnings from contractors hired to assess water quality at Camp Lejeune. Under a new law, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, these individuals may have the right to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit as well as a claim for veterans disability benefits.

Recently, the federal government issued a notice that it will provide $2 billion to veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water and who suffered one of the accepted medical conditions presumed to be connected to the contaminated water. We believe that at some point in the future, benefits or compensation may also be extended to family members of military members who suffered from one of these medical conditions.

We Are Ready to Help

Riddle & Brantley is actively representing veterans, civilian workers, and family members who suffered health problems potentially due to water contamination at Camp Lejeune. We have offices in Jacksonville, NC near the base, and many of our attorneys and staff have close family ties to the military. We are proud to help our service men and women fight for justice. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation today. You may be entitled to compensation in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and we would love to help however we can.

Do You Have a Camp Lejeune Cancer Claim?

If you were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and were diagnosed with cancer or another health problem, you may be entitled to compensation.Were you or someone you love exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune? You may be eligible for a Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit or claim, and a Camp Lejeune cancer lawyer at Riddle & Brantley can assist you in filing for the compensation you deserve. As a North Carolina law firm, our legal team is close to military bases such as Camp Lejeune and our staff shares a commitment to representing injured veterans. We are committed to holding the U.S. military accountable for any negligence and/or wrongdoing, and may be able to file a claim under the recently passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation concerning a potential Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim, please call our Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit attorneys at 1-800-525-7111. We don’t get paid unless you do. It’s as simple as that. We believe Justice Counts for all our military service men and women and are determined to help them fight for justice. Since 2000 alone, our firm has recovered over $665 million in compensation for our valued clients and we would love to help you however we can (see disclaimer below).

Benefits are available to those who were or are active duty military members as well as those in the Reserve and National Guard. To qualify, you must submit records to confirm both your diagnosis and your military record.

According to the VA, up to 23,000 veterans may be eligible for these new benefits, which could total $2.2 billion in payments over five years. However, estimates show that up to 900,000 service members may have a history of exposure to toxic water. Therefore, while this additional compensation is a positive step, many victims may still be left searching for justice.

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Camp Lejeune cancer attorney or VA disability lawyer at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and convenient form below. There are no upfront costs, and we don’t get paid unless you do. Please call us today and let’s see how we can help.

History of the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Tests in 1982 revealed two different VOCs in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, and subsequent tests found further contaminants. All of these toxic chemicals can have disastrous effects on the human body if ingested.

The Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant’s water had traces of perchloroethylene (PCE). This is a colorless and odorless compound typically used in the dry cleaning process. An investigation into the issue revealed that an off-base dry cleaning company’s waste removal practice was likely the source of the contamination. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) concluded that the levels of PCE in Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant’s water supply were more than 300 times more than the standard limits during the 1957 – 1987 window.

"[There was] undoubtedly a hazard associated with drinking the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune." -federal reportIn a report detailing the water contamination findings at Camp Lejeune, the director of the federal agency investigating the issue wrote that there was “undoubtedly a hazard associated with drinking the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.”

At Hadnot Point Treatment Plant, a volatile anesthetic known as TCE, or trichloroethylene, contaminated the water supply. Local industrial spills, waste removal methods and faulty underground storage tanks ultimately caused this contamination.

Other substances detected in certain wells in Camp Lejeune include benzene, toluene, and methylene chloride. Benzene and toluene are both components of gasoline and other industrial fuels. Benzene in particular has been linked to cancers, including leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Methylene chloride is a paint remover and chemical solvent. In the end, investigators concluded that both on-base and off-base sources contributed to the contamination.

Side Effects of Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

Any of the harmful VOCs found in Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water can cause poisoning or death when ingested in sufficient quantities. However, prolonged exposure to small amounts of these chemicals, while not immediately fatal, can cause serious, long-lasting side effects. These may range from mild effects to severe conditions. The chemicals may cause certain cancers as well as other complications in children or infants and pregnant women.

Health problems potentially associated with exposure to Camp Lejeune water contamination include:

A 2005 study conducted by ATSDR examined the effects that Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water might have on the children of those with firsthand exposure. That study found the rate of spina bifida, cleft lip or palate and childhood leukemia was higher in this group.

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“Do I Have a Claim if I Lived at Camp Lejeune?”

If you were military personnel, a civilian employee, or a family member residing at Camp Lejeune during the 30 years that the base’s water was known to be contaminated, you may be able to file a Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit, and the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit attorneys at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney committed to justice for our military veterans.

Camp Lejeune Cancer Lawsuit Criteria

You may qualify for a Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:

  • Were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987
  • Were diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
    • Bladder cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Lung cancer
    • Leukemia (various types)
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Non-Hodkgin’s lymphoma (NHL)
    • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Renal toxicity
    • Miscarriage
    • Neurobehavioral effects
    • Female infertility
    • Hepatic steatosis
    • Scleroderma
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Rectal cancer
    • Cardiac defect
    • Cervical cancer
    • Epilepsy
    • Immune disorders
    • Nerve damage
    • CNS cancer (central nervous system cancer)

If you’ve been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and later suffered from one of the conditions above, you may qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and we would love to help however we can. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

“By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans.”

B. F., Riddle & Brantley client

Camp Lejeune Justice Act

"By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans." -B.F.The recently passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows veterans and residents of Camp Lejeune who worked or lived on-base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 for 30 or more days to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit to recover damages related to cancer or other health problems associated with the contamination. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act passed by the Senate on June 16, 2022, and claimants can now file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit related to water contamination.

In 2012, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act became law. This act provides medical care for those exposed to chemical contaminants on the base who later developed one of 15 eligible conditions. Still, those suffering from other health issues or illnesses can still file claims for benefits. Additionally, the Janey Ensminger Act ensures that family members of personnel stationed at the base receive opportunities for benefits and treatments. In 2017, the VA expanded possible benefits available to victims of this contaminated water.

If you are a veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, then you may be able to file for disability benefits and other compensation if you developed a serious health condition. An experienced North Carolina veterans benefits attorney from our law firm can explain your rights and work to ensure you get the compensation you need for medical treatments.

Additional Disability Benefits for Victims of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water

Victims of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune may also be able to collect additional disability benefits, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans may now qualify for further cash benefits, in addition to their existing disability benefits. To obtain these extra payments, veterans must have been stationed at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. These additional benefits are primarily for veterans who developed one of these eight diseases:

Do You Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Cancer Lawsuit?

For more than 30 years, military members and their families suffered exposure to dangerous chemicals through Camp Lejeune’s water supply. The illnesses that may develop from such exposure are often life-altering or even fatal. Additionally, the financial cost of treating their symptoms is a heavy burden to bear without rightful compensation.

But you have legal rights under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, and our attorneys can help you assert them. Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your eligibility for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

“By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans.”

B. F., Riddle & Brantley client

“Why Riddle & Brantley for My Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?”

Since 1985, Riddle & Brantley has been proud to serve our military veterans, their families, and civilian workers serving our military. We’ve recovered over $665 million in compensation for our valued clients since 2000 alone (see disclaimer below), and we’re especially proud of the way our clients describe their experience working with our attorneys and staff.

Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

Our attorneys are known for their professionalism, dedication, and results — both in and out of the courtroom. We’ve been recognized with many prestigious awards and memberships (see disclaimer below), including:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel
  • The Litigator Award
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

$665 million recovered since 2000 alone.Riddle & Brantley offers FREE case evaluations for veterans and civilians who believe their illness is a result of exposure to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water supply. Contact a Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorney at our law firm for the legal advice you need and the help you deserve. We proudly serve clients from our office in Jacksonville, as well as our offices across North Carolina. Free consultations are available anywhere via phone, email, text, or video conference. We can even come to you directly if you prefer.

Fill out our free case evaluation form or call 1-800-525-7111 to take the first step today.

 


*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.