Anyone (veterans and family members) who lived in certain areas of Camp Lejeune for at least 30 consecutive days. The main wells that were mainly affected were in Tarawa Terrace, Hadnot Point and Holcomb Boulevard. These are the confirmed areas of contamination.
You probably don’t need a lawyer if you just intend to file a VA claim for disability benefits. Go the VA website for more information on disability claims: https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/camp-lejeune-water-contamination/ You can fill out a Form 10:10068 https://www.va.gov/VA_Form_10-10068.pdf and mail it to the VA:
Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center PO Box 149200 Austin, TX 78714-9200
Some veterans are very frustrated with this process. Many have filed for disability for years and been denied. However, things have changed. The U.S. Congress just passed the PACT Act that has expanded coverage for illnesses and even provided presumptions for coverage if you have some illnesses. You can review a copy of the PACT Act here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3967/text So, you should try again to get benefits.
You probably will need a lawyer if you intend to file a lawsuit. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will essentially allow servicemen and families to actually file lawsuits against the federal government for damages. Frankly, this is much more difficult to do, and I am still researching this issue. Once the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (hopefully) is signed by President Biden, you will have two years to file a claim. First, your claim will need to be reviewed by a federal agency in writing. If the review is denied, you will only have 180 days from that denial to file suit. All lawsuits must be filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina. You will need to have all of your medical records, military records, travel records to show you were there during the relevant time periods and any information regarding VA benefits that you have received. At this time, this will not be a class action but will be multi-district litigation. This normally means that there will be a steering meeting made up of attorneys to generally represent common interests of all plaintiffs. I also believe that you will need an attorney to represent you individually.
People residing or working in the barracks, day cares, on-post living quarters (family housing). All areas being serviced by the water distribution systems at Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point could have potential exposure.
According to the VA, the following health conditions are linked to Camp Lejeune and MCAS toxic water contamination.
Call 844-ALL-VETS (844-255-8387) today to see if you qualify for compensation.
Camp Lejeune water lawsuits are a nationwide lawsuite will likely be consolidated under MDL (Multi-District Litigation), under this kind of lawsuite the plaintiff receives a settlement that is based on the specific injuries and damages sustained by each plaintiff. This allows for a more efficient processing of large numbers of cases against a large entity like the federal government. Each case is linked to one source of exposure such as Camp Lejeune’s water contamination. At this point, there is no set amount of compensation. Call 844-ALL-VETS (844-255-8387) today to see if you qualify for compensation.
If you lived on Camp Lejeune or worked there for more than 30 days and was exposed to contaminated water sources at work, home, or school, may be eligible for a Camp Lejeune water claim. Call 844-ALL-VETS (844-255-8387) today to see if you qualify for compensation.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, is legislation that was passed in March 2022 by the House of Representatives, is currently under review in the U.S. Senate (S. 3176). It would remove any barriers to justice for Camp Lejeune water pollution victims and allow potential victims to seek legal compensation. A North Carolina law stipulating that Camp Lejeune water contamination has been occurring for a long time prevents anyone from filing a claim for cancer. The Camp Lejeune Justice Bill will become law and Veterans, their families, and loved ones who were exposed to Camp Lejeune carcinogens, can file a claim at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call 844-ALL-VETS (844-255-8387) today to see if you qualify for compensation.
Veteran’s Affairs (VA), dealt with Camp Lejeune’s contamination by four chemicals of concern, vinyl chloride and perchloroethylene. Water contamination was caused by both industrial activities at Camp Lejeune as well as a dry-cleaning facility located near the base. If a VA-insured accident leaves a person unable to work for 30 consecutive days, the VA acknowledges this. Other contaminants, such as lead contamination, toxic mixtures, and contamination with other toxic chemicals were not included.
Veterans may be eligible for compensation for eight diseases, including Parkinson’s. Health care benefits may be available to veterans and their families who have 15 serious conditions, such as miscarriage, or any other serious illness.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges the harm caused by contamination and offers benefits and compensation to those who have been affected. A lawsuit may be filed to seek legal compensation. Marine Corps Veterans continue to fight for justice for all those who have been affected by toxic waters and government cover-ups.
Legal compensation may be available to you. Call 661-810-2027 or click the button below to see if you qualify.