North Carolina Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers
From 1953 to 1987, the water supply at Camp Lejeune military base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was contaminated by toxic chemicals and carcinogens up to 280 times the standard safety level. This water used for bathing, cooking, and drinking by Marines, their families, and employees on the base later caused many to suffer different cancers, diseases, and health complications. Previously, federal law barred victims’ claims against the U.S. government. Now, Congress just passed an act allowing their claims.
If you lived or worked at Camp Lejeune, you may be one of the 450,000 people impacted by the contamination. The attorneys at Henson Fuerst are actively assisting those affected and are available 24/7 for others who need help filing a claim. Contact us today by calling 919-781-1107 or submitting a free case evaluation form on our website.
About the Camp Lejeune Justice Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a bill that provides former residents of Camp Lejeune the right to seek reparations from the U.S. government for their exposure to the toxic water supply.
Additionally, the bill prevents the U.S. government from asserting specific immunity from litigation in response to any lawsuit. So, now, impacted military veterans, their family members, and former civilian residents on the base have access to the court systems to settle their cases.
About the PACT Act
Honoring Our PACT Act, is the largest bill in American history to address military service members’ exposure to toxic substances, including those at Camp Lejeune. In addition, this bill extends to service members’ family members and caregivers who have fallen ill during their service.
This new legislation will provide expanded access to healthcare and disability benefits for service members suffering from a toxic exposure-related illness. Additionally, it will let the Department of Veteran Affairs move more quickly to identify conditions related to military service and offer critical support to those affected. The bill also includes the tools and resources to ensure a successful implementation from the VA.
The Cause of the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and other toxic chemicals contaminated two of the eight water treatment plants at Camp Lejeune. These poisonous water treatment plants were located in:
Hadnot Point where leaking underground storage tanks, industrial spills, and waste disposal sites contaminated the water treatment plant with primarily TCE. Other contaminants included perchloroethylene (PCE) and benzene.
Tarawa Terrace was primarily contaminated with PCE and or TCE due to the waste disposal practices at ABC One-Hour Cleaners, a dry cleaning firm located off the base.
If you lived in either of these areas at Camp Lejeune between 1953 to 1987 and were exposed to the contaminated water supply, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the U.S. government. Contact the experienced veterans law attorneys at Henson Fuerst for a free legal consultation today.
Long and Short Term Effects of Drinking Contaminated Water
Illnesses and health complications associated with exposure to water contaminated with toxic chemicals such as TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride, and benzene vary from person to person, but all cases must be taken seriously.
The effects of exposure to these toxic chemicals can depend on:
- When you are exposed (i.e., during pregnancy, childhood, etc.)
- How much you are exposed to
- How long you are exposed
- How you are exposed (drinking, bathing, cooking, etc.)
- Your traits and habits
Depending on these factors, exposure to these toxic chemicals could cause minimal damage or severe illness such as cancer. The carcinogens in contaminated water can cause the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Brain cancer
- Lung cancer
- Soft tissue cancer
Other health complications stemming from contaminated water include:
- Cardiac defects
- End-stage renal disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Birth defects
- Impaired immune system function
- Neurological issues
- Skin disorders
- Liver cirrhosis
How to File a Claim for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Illness
If you have been diagnosed with any listed conditions after living or working at Camp Lejeune during the water supply contamination, now is the time to seek compensation from the federal government. Visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website to learn more about filing a claim for health care and compensation benefits following toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune.
For your best chance at maximum benefits, the process should be advised by a skilled veterans’ attorney. The VA attorneys at Henson Fuerst are ready to hear your story and protect your rights while securing maximum compensation for you and your family.
Representing Veterans and Their Families For Over 45 Years
If you or anyone in your family has fallen ill due to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, the toxic exposure attorneys at Henson Fuerst are here to help. We have been protecting the rights of veterans across North Carolina for over four decades and are ready to help you too.
We will listen to your story, guide you through the claims and litigation processes, and bring your case to justice. Contact us by filling out and submitting the form below, or call our office toll-free at 919-781-1107 for a free legal consultation.
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