VA Compensation for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
August 5, 2022
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or another significant health effect caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina, you may be entitled to receive VA compensation for Camp Lejeune water contamination.
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), troops who sustained a qualifying illness after serving at the marine base between 1953 and 1987 are now eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. An attorney from Zanes Law can help you prepare your lawsuit and fight for the settlement you deserve.
Who Is Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?
The toxins that were present in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water from the early ‘50s to the late ‘80s are known to cause a number of different cancers. A personal injury lawyer can assist you in filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit if you were stationed at the base during those years and have sustained one of the following conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Oral cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tongue cancer
- Tonsil cancer
Cancer isn’t the only serious condition that has been linked to the base’s toxic water. Marines who drank and bathed in the water at Camp Lejeune have also suffered from:
- Female infertility or miscarriage
- Hepatic steatosis
- Motor function issues
- Poor coordination
- Renal toxicity
- Trouble concentrating
Research from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) suggests that the toxins in Camp Lejeune’s water may also cause Parkinson’s disease, though more research is required to firmly establish a link.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or one of the conditions listed above and served at Camp Lejeune, contact an attorney to see if you’re eligible to file a water contamination lawsuit.
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Compensation You May Receive From a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
Although the CLJA is expected to go into effect soon, it hasn’t been officially signed into law yet. Consequently, no settlements have been awarded to those affected by the camp’s water. Since there are no precedents to base your settlement estimate on, we’ll have to refer to similar cases to determine how much you might receive from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
For example, if you were diagnosed with kidney or liver cancer after being exposed to the base’s contaminated water, your attorney will refer to past class-action suits filed for those diseases. When calculating the value of your settlement, they’ll also factor in the medical expenses you’ve incurred and the income you’ve lost due to your condition.
Although your lawyer’s estimates are not definitive, they can give you a rough idea of how much compensation you might receive from a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. Our firm can help you learn more about the benefits that water contamination victims are expected to receive.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims Must File a Lawsuit Before the Deadline
Camp Lejeune water contamination victims must file a lawsuit before the legal deadline if they want to receive compensation for their losses. Plaintiffs diagnosed with qualifying conditions have two years from the day that president Biden signs the CLJA into law to submit their lawsuits.
Individuals diagnosed with a Camp Lejeune-related condition in the future will have two years from the date they discovered their injury to file a water contamination lawsuit. If you delay legal action and your two-year deadline passes, it may be very difficult for you to obtain damages for your suffering and financial loss.
However, statutes of limitations often have several exceptions that injury victims may take advantage of if they’ve missed the conventional deadline. If you believe it’s too late to pursue compensation, don’t lose hope! Contact an attorney to see if you’re still able to file a Juipter, FL, Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.
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Steps You Can Take to Prepare for Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
Before you prepare for your lawsuit, you’ll want to contact an attorney, see if you’re eligible to pursue compensation for your water contamination injury, and confirm that the lawyer can take on your case. Once you’ve secured legal representation, you can take the following steps.
Since water contamination victims won’t be allowed to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit until the CLJA is passed, you have time to make a few preparations to help your lawyer. First, you should obtain a copy of your personnel records. Your attorney can use your military records to prove that you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
Second, you’ll want to secure medical records that prove you were diagnosed with a condition related to the camp’s pollution. Such documentation will allow your attorney to argue that you’re owed compensation for the injury, financial loss, and pain you’ve endured.
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No Fee Unless an Attorney Wins Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
We believe that injured service members deserve quality representation regardless of their ability to pay for it. That’s why our Camp Lejeune attorneys offer contingency-fee legal services to victims of water contamination. We won’t charge you for our advice and advocacy unless we win your case.
If your case yields compensation, your lawyer will take approximately one-third of your winnings, so you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket. If your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to worry about drawing on your personal savings to pay your attorney.
Contact an Attorney to File a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit
With the passing of the CLJA on the horizon, many injured Marines are reaching out to personal injury attorneys to pursue VA compensation in your Camp Lejeune claim. To get your settlement as soon as possible, we suggest reaching out to a lawyer today.
A skilled attorney will get your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit filed correctly and before the legal deadline. Contact Zanes Law to learn more about your rights and to get started on your case. We look forward to hearing from you.