Until August 10, 2024, veterans and their families may join others in a mass tort claim if they were injured by water contamination at Camp Lejeune. With the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), an injury lawsuit can be filed until this date. Previously, military personnel and their families could not file federal lawsuits.
Eligibility to File a Claim
Those who are eligible to file an injury claim must have either worked, lived or were exposed to the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for a period of at least 30 days from August 1,1953, to December 31, 1987. The 30-day period doesn’t have to run concurrently. It applies to Marine and Navy veterans, guardsmen, reservists, other civilians and family members who were exposed.
What Caused the Contamination?
The water supply on the base became contaminated by industrial solvents when they were dumped by a contractor with the Marine Corps into the groundwater. The wells at Camp Lejuene became contaminated but supplied the water for military members, their spouses and, children and those who were in the hospital as well as civilians. A number of serious medical conditions and illnesses were reported as a result.
Medical Problems Linked to Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water
The families of Marines and sailors who served at Camp Lejeune have filed lawsuits against the US government due to contamination of the base’s water supply. The contamination occurred between 1957 and 1987, when industrial solvents were dumped into the groundwater by a Marine Corps contractor. These chemicals have been linked to an increased risk for a variety of diseases, including the following:
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Aplastic anemia and other blood disorders
The lawsuits filed by the families allege that the US government was aware of the contamination but failed to take action to protect service members and their families from the health risks associated with drinking, bathing or swimming in contaminated water. The lawsuits are seeking compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional distress and other damages.
The US Marine Corps has since taken steps to clean up the base’s water supply, but it may be too late for those who already suffered from exposure to contaminated water. Unfortunately, many of these individuals have passed away due to illnesses related to this contamination. It is important that these families get justice and receive compensation for their losses.
Free Review of Your Case to See if You Are Eligible for Compensation
We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that come with illnesses related to contaminated water. Our team is here to help you seek justice and receive the compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation. If you or a loved one have been affected by Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney immediately to understand your legal rights and options for seeking compensation.
The Diaz Law Firm – Camp Lejeune Lawsuits
The Diaz Law Firm helps injured people nationwide obtain compensation for their injuries. We can help you with your case if you call us at (800) 459-2222. Please feel free to contact us online as well. Our mission is to fight for the injured to help them obtain the compensation they deserve.