From 1983 to 1987, the United States Military exposed servicemembers, civilian employees, and their families to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC. As a result, thousands of veterans and others who lived and worked on base now suffer from a range of illnesses and medical issues.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledges a link between neurobehavioral effects and Camp Lejeune contamination. If you or your loved one suffers from a neurological disorder caused by toxic substances in the water, a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can help you seek compensation for your medical care and more.
New Legislation Allows Camp Lejeune Contamination Victims to Seek Justice in Court
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one million servicemembers, staff, and on-base residents suffered exposure to toxic substances found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Chemicals present in the water included trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), vinyl chloride, and other harmful compounds.
If you or your loved one suffers from neurobehavioral effects, cancer, or any other illness linked to Camp Lejeune contamination, you deserve compensation for your illness and resulting financial losses. Fortunately, thanks to the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 (S. 3373), better known as the PACT Act, those harmed can now seek justice via a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.
Who Qualifies for the Camp Lejeune Contamination Lawsuit?
You can join the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit if you:
- You suffered exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune (or any of its satellite installations) for 30 or more cumulative days from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987 (including those exposed in-utero)
- You experience contamination-related neurobehavioral effects or one or more of the following conditions:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease)
- Renal toxicity
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
You may also qualify for legal action if you served, lived, or worked on base during the contamination period, have any other type of cancer or serious health condition, or have a child who suffers from congenital disorders. Our attorneys can tell you more about your right to seek awards.
You Have a Limited Time to Take Action
Under the PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CLJA), those harmed by Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure have until Aug. 10, 2024 (or 180 days from receiving a denial of VA benefits) to file a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. We can start on your case before the statute of limitations expires.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Will Fight for Your Camp Lejeune Compensation
According to the Committee on the Review of Clinical Guidance for the Care of Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation, neurobehavioral effects associated with on-base water contamination include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Behavioral disorders
- Learning disorders
- Sensory disturbances
- Problems with motor function
You deserve compensation for your health issues and how they affect your life. Our attorneys will identify your losses and help you seek the maximum compensation available to you and your family. In general, awards may include:
- Medical treatment. Our lawyers can seek awards for current and future necessary treatment related to your neurobehavioral conditions. We can also recover compensation for previous out-of-pocket medical expenses, including emergency treatment, mental health care, medications, hospitalizations, physical therapy and rehabilitation, doctor and specialist visits, and long-term care services.
- Pain and suffering. We can seek compensation for ways neurobehavioral effects and Camp Lejeune contamination reduce your quality of life. You may recover monetary awards for physical pain, loss of mobility, reduced cognitive functioning, depression, anxiety, changes in mood and behavior, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Lost income. If neurobehavioral effects caused you to miss work or you cannot work because of your condition, we can seek awards for your lost wages, benefits, earnings, and lost earning potential.
- Wrongful death. If your loved one died because of a Camp Lejeune contamination condition, our attorneys can help you pursue awards for their wrongful death, including compensation for their medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and lost wages, services, and support.
Our Attorneys Will Handle Every Detail of Your Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
To secure compensation for neurobehavior effects in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, you must establish a link between your condition and substances in the contaminated on-base water wells. Our lawyers will gather evidence and represent you through every step of your case. We will:
- Collect base housing records, military orders, utility bills, or other documentation proving you served, worked, or lived on base during the contamination period
- Gather medical research and scientific evidence linking your neurological effects to Camp Lejeune contamination
- Obtain medical records and expert medical testimony proving you suffer from a neurological disorder
- Obtain testimony from friends, family, and medical experts about your neurological disorder and how it affects your life
- Collect medical bills, receipts, and wage records, and consult with vocational experts and economists to calculate your past and future financial losses
- Draft and file your lawsuit, manage case deadlines, and handle all related communications and appearances (when possible)
- Negotiate for the most advantageous settlement possible or advocate for you at trial if necessary
- Keep you informed with frequent and timely case updates
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, Today
Attorney Ben Crump has earned a nationwide reputation as an advocate for victims. TIME100 named him one of the Most Influential People of 2021, and he is one of The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers. Furthermore, he and his team have won multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for personal injury clients across the county.
We are ready to fight for you and your family, and we won’t back down until we get the awards you need and deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn about how Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can seek compensation for neurobehavioral effects and Camp Lejeune contamination. Our services cost nothing upfront or out of pocket.