henson-blog-default-image-1

Link Between Contaminated Water and Disability Claims

For more than thirty years, the United States Marine Corps was responsible for exposing soldiers stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to toxic chemicals through contaminated water. Policies have been reformed since that time to provide healthcare coverage and disability benefits to those victims, but statistics show many are still struggling to receive the compensation they deserve.

Congress passed a bill three years ago that provides health coverage to veterans and their family members whose health was affected by Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. However, the law didn’t provide those individuals with disability benefits. Instead, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) hired a group of experts to decide whether or not a health condition suffered by a veteran or their family was caused by contaminated water. Those experts repeatedly provided opinions that were in contrast to a treating medical professionals’ opinion and ultimately denied many claims for disability benefits. In fact, the percentage of contaminated water disability claims that have been approved has fallen from 25 percent to just 8 percent since 2012.

An article from WNPR News explains this decline in approvals has prompted several veterans advocacy groups to seek documentation from the VA about their handling of contaminated water claims through the Freedom of Information Act. They hope the information they gain can be used to conduct a further investigation of toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune.

Our legal staff at HensonFuerst has seen the devastating results exposure to contaminated water has had on many of the families stationed at Camp Lejeune and we applaud the organizations that are continuing to work to expose the harm that was done.

Talk with us for Free.

The Henson Fuerst attorneys are always ready to talk to you about your case at absolutely no cost to you. We’ll answer questions that you may have and help you get back on your feet.

Home Page Evaluation Form

Free Case Evaluation

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Our Locations

henson-location-row-building_1

RALEIGH OFFICE

3110 Edwards Mill Rd
Suite 210
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 781-1107
Fax: (919) 781-8048
View in Google Maps

ROCKY MOUNT OFFICE

2317 Sunset Ave.
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 443-2111
Fax: (252) 443-9429
View in Google Maps

BOONE OFFICE

(828) 295-7469

*By Appointment Only

Scroll to Top
Skip to content