Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between Jan. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be able to collect health and disability benefits for a number of medical conditions linked to the reported water contamination at the Marine Corps base. These conditions are as follows:
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Renal toxicity
- Multiple myeloma
- Female infertility
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Hepatic steatosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
Who Our Attorneys Are Helping
Our attorneys are handling claims on behalf of those suffering from the above conditions who:
- Have not yet received medical care or disability benefits from the VA
- Are currently receiving medical care through the VA, but have not yet applied for disability compensation
- Have applied for disability compensation and have been denied
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for My Claim?
If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition linked to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, an attorney can help ensure you receive not only medical care, but the disability benefits to which you are entitled. The law signed on Aug. 6, 2012 states that veterans and family members residing at Camp Lejeune during the allotted time frame may be eligible for medical care through the VA; however, this new law applies only to health care and not disability compensation.
The VA claims that there is “insufficient scientific and clinical evidence” to establish a probable link between service at the base and the development of certain diseases; however, veterans can still submit claims for disability benefits for health problems they suspect are linked to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
Our class action lawyers can provide research and expert opinion on the link between your condition and the water contamination, and help ensure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. If you have already applied for disability benefits and have been denied, our attorneys can file an appeal on your behalf.
Background on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
In the early 1980s, two water-supply systems at Camp Lejeune were found to be contaminated with a group of chemicals known as “volatile organic compounds.” These chemicals included the following:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal cleaner
- Tetrachloroethylene, a dry cleaning agent
- Benzene, a chemical found in gasoline
- Methylene chloride, a chemical solvent used in labs and to remove paint
- Vinyl chloride, a colorless gas used to make polyvinyl chloride, which is used to make plastic products
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, anyone who resided at Camp Lejeune before 1987 may have been exposed to these chemicals.
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