If you or a loved one lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have suffered from medical issues such as cancer or birth defects, you may be eligible for compensation. Stevenson Klotz are now accepting cases and can provide you with the representation you require.
Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune is a military base that opened in 1942. It served as a residence for service members and their families. Unfortunately, contaminants in the drinking water caused serious medical issues such as birth defects and cancer.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act offers a way for victims to be compensated. The act was signed into law, allowing those affected to file claims and receive compensation. Damages may cover medical expenses, emotional pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Contact the Stevenson Klotz at (850) 706-4226 to find out how much compensation you may have coming to you.
What Types of Chemicals Were Found in the Water?
The toxic substances that were found in the Camp Lejeune water supply include carcinogens such as:
- Vinyl chloride
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
Families living on the base had no idea these chemicals were present in the water.
The chemicals were absorbed by wells servicing the base, including homes and work sites. They were found in two of the eight water treatment plants on the base. Although the cause of the chemical leak is unclear, it may have been sourced from a nearby dry-cleaning facility.
What Medical Conditions Can Be Caused by the Contaminants?
The carcinogens in the water can cause several types of cancer as well as other medical conditions, including the following:
- Renal toxicity
- Bladder, liver, kidney, breast, esophageal, and lung cancer
- Aplastic anemia
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Female infertility
- Neurobehavioral abnormalities
- Aplastic anemia
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Hepatic steatosis
Who is Eligible to File a Lawsuit?
To file a lawsuit, you must have lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for at least 30 days. You must have a medical condition that you feel is linked to water exposure at the military base. You may present evidence showing that the exposure was directly associated with your condition.
Your lawyer will launch an investigation that establishes the link between the condition and the exposure.
You must also identify as one of the following:
- A service member
- A veteran
- A reservist
- A guardsman
- A family member of any of the above
- Another type of resident who lived on the base between 1953 and 1987 for 30 days or more
Timeline of the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
- 1980s: Countless Camp Lejeune residents attempted to warn military officials of possible water contamination on the military base to no avail.
- 2012: The Janey Ensminger Act goes into effect, allowing veterans to receive medical care for conditions that developed because of the contamination at Camp Lejeune.
- Up to 850 claims were dismissed in court as they were beyond the statute of limitations.
- Lawmakers identified that there was a contamination issue and allowed victims to proceed with their claims.
- 2021: The Camp Lejeune Act passes in Congress.
- 2022: Victims and their families organized a rally to raise awareness of the issue.
- 2022: The House of Representatives and the United State Senate pass versions of the Honoring our PACT Act. It received final approval on August 2nd, 2022.
Who Is Being Targeted for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Camp Lejeune claims will be filed against the government. Although the government has immunity in many types of lawsuits, they are relaxing immunity for these cases.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit?
The Camp Lejeune Act has a two-year time limit. This means that victims must file their claim within two years of the act going into effect.
Two years may seem like a long time, but the clock is ticking. Don’t miss out on getting the compensation you deserve. Contact Stevenson Klotz today to get started on the legal process.
Will My Legal Fees Be Covered?
Yes, if you move forward with the case, your legal fees will be covered in your award. There are no upfront fees, and we will not charge you anything unless you receive compensation.
How Do I File a Camp Lejeune Claim?
To file a claim, you must present a notice to the government that follows 28 US Code 2675. This allows the government to consider the claim and possibly provide compensation without the trouble and expense of starting a lawsuit.
Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers can help you build your claim and present it for compensation. If your claim is denied, we can represent you in taking further legal action.
How Does Camp Lejeune Compensation Differ from VA Benefits?
In the past, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs paid limited disability benefits to those who could prove they were suffering a medical condition due to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. The new law is more expansive and sees to it that victims receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Punitive damages are not considered.
Can I File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit if I Already Get Disability Benefits?
Yes. A Camp Lejeune lawsuit will not affect your Veterans Administration benefits in any way.
Contact Stevenson Klotz to Make a Claim Today
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune has negatively impacted the lives of military members who were working to protect our country. Thousands of people may have been exposed. While residents at the base tried to warn officials about contamination issues, no action was taken.
Contact Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers today if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a medical condition you believe may have been caused by Camp Lejeune water contamination. We have years of experience getting clients winning results. We will make the legal process as stress-free as possible and get you the compensation you deserve.