Camp Lejeune is a North Carolina military base that faced a severe water contamination problem for more than 30 years.

From 1953 to 1987, two water wells that served the base had dangerous levels of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). The service members, their families, and civilians who lived and worked at the military base didn’t know they were exposed to toxic water. Some people were already experiencing health problems by the time testing revealed the contamination in the late 1980s. Documents show that the military knew about the issue for years before moving to close the water wells. The chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune have been linked to a range of illnesses, including:

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Cardiac defects
  • Cancers – bladder, breast, esophageal, kidney, liver, and lung cancers
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Infertility and miscarriage
  • Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma  
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal disease
  • Scleroderma

For years, military members who became sick after their time at Camp Lejeune had few options for recourse. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays disability benefits to service members stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days with a qualifying health condition, provided they didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge. Family members also receive benefits through the VA, but no assistance has been available for civilians. There weren’t any options to hold the government accountable for its negligence. That changed earlier this year when the bipartisan Camp Lejeune Justice Act became law. Camp Lejeune survivors can now sue the government and recover damages for injuries or wrongful death because of the base’s water contamination.  

First, you must file a Camp Lejeune claim with the Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG). The unit will respond and either deny the claim or present a settlement offer. You can file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and recover damages if the claim is denied or the settlement offer isn’t satisfactory. Claimants only have two years from the date of the law’s passing to file, so it’s important to promptly talk to a Camp Lejeune lawyer. Contact the Saddle Rock Legal Group to help determine if you qualify to file a Camp Lejeune personal injury or wrongful death claim. We can walk you through the process and figure out the compensation you deserve.

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