New Camp Lejeune Study Expands Eligibility for Toxic Water Claims
The recent findings from a federal health study concerning the contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune mark a significant moment in understanding the long-term health impacts on those who were stationed there.
New Camp Lejeune Study Findings
The study, focusing on the years 1975 to 1985, has brought to light that military personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune during this period faced at least a 20% higher risk of developing various cancers compared to their counterparts at other bases. These findings are important for several reasons:
- Increased Cancer Risks: Specific cancers, such as certain types of leukemia, lymphoma, lung, breast, throat, esophagus, and thyroid cancers, were found to be more prevalent among those exposed to the contaminated water.
- Impact on Civilians: It wasn’t just military personnel who were affected; civilians working at the base also showed higher risks for certain cancers.
- Scale of the Study: This research is noted as one of the largest of its kind in the United States, comparing the health outcomes of individuals in polluted and non-polluted environments.
Expanding Criteria for Compensation Claims
An important aspect of this study’s outcome is its potential influence on Camp Lejeune lawsuits and claims. A federal law, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (part of the PACT Act) passed in 2022, set a deadline for filing claims related to the contamination.
But the clock is ticking for victims to file claims:
- Claims must be filed by August 10, 2024.
- Over 160,000 claims have already been filed.
- The criteria for qualifying for a claim are now expanding to include additional types of cancer and other health problems (see below to see if you or a loved one may qualify)
Do You Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Claim?
You may qualify for a Camp Lejeune claim or 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
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colon cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
- Liver cancer
- Liver disease
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Ovarian cancer
- Oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer (also known as colon or colorectal cancer)
- Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
- Fatty liver disease (NAFLD or hepatic steatosis)
- Aplastic anemia
- Birth defects
- Heart defects
- Thyroid cancer
- CNS cancer (central nervous system cancer)
Call Today for a Free Case Review
Riddle & Brantley has served the military families and civilian contractors at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for decades and we are actively investigating these claims. Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free case review — there is no obligation, and if you decide to hire us to represent you, we don’t get paid unless you do.
Justice Counts for victims of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Please call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your case today.