If you were exposed to toxic water at Marine Corps air station (MCAS) New River, you could retain legal help. Our lawyers can explain your options to you and help you secure a settlement. Individuals who lived at MCAS New River between 1957 and 1982 may have been exposed to known carcinogens. They could qualify for financial benefits or file a lawsuit.
MCAS New River is part of a collection of military bases near Camp Lejeune. In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered that the water supply dedicated to these bases was contaminated. The contaminant in question was a group of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds are known to cause a range of cancers and other medical conditions. The VOCs were removed from the water supply in 1982 following their discovery.
How You Could Claim MCAS Toxic Water Exposure Benefits
The US government permits automatic benefit qualification for those exposed to toxic water at MCAS New River via the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. To qualify for these benefits, you must have:
- A type of cancer or medical condition linked to the toxic water
- Been stationed at a specific base (such as MCAS New River) sometime between the years 1957 and 1982 for over 30 days
How You Could Receive for Toxic Water Exposure at MCAS New River
The highest standard benefit you can receive is $3000 in monthly compensation. Your disability rating must be 100%, to qualify for these full benefits. In addition to these standard benefits, you could qualify for Special Monthly Compensation. This type of compensation deals with unique cases and reimburses them accordingly.
Treating cancer is expensive. The American Cancer Society reports that the total cost of cancer treatments in the US in 2020 was projected to be more than $200 billion. They also note that over half of middle-income earners will experience financial hardship if they develop cancer. The benefits provided to the victims of toxic water consumption at MCAS New River can offset these costs.
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Qualifying Conditions for Securing Damages for Toxic Water Exposure
These are the types of cancers that could qualify you for MCAS New River benefits:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
The VOCs present at MCAS New River don’t just cause cancer, though. They can cause these medical conditions, as well:
- Hepatic steatosis
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
This isn’t an exhaustive list of the medical conditions caused by VOCs. Children born to mothers who lived on MCAS New River can develop medical conditions like heart defects and leukemia, as well. If you believe VOC exposure at MCAS New River caused your your condition, consider speaking with our lawyers.
Are Other Bases Involved in MCAS New River Toxic Water Exposure Claims?
Yes, if you were stationed at any of the following bases between 1957 and 1982, you could qualify for benefits:
- Camp Geiger
- Camp Johnson/Montford Point
- Camp Lejeune Greater Sandy Run
- Hadnot Point
- Holcomb Boulevard
- Onslow Beach
- Paradise Point
- Stone Bay Rifle Range
- Tarawa Terrace
Our Lawyers Could Assist You With MCAS New River Toxic Water Exposure Case
Your lawyer can review your initial case and assist you with securing benefits. If your case is denied, we can support you through the decision review process:
- Supplemental claim: A legal team can assist you in filing supplemental claims, which offers another route to securing benefits. These types of claims are contingent on additional evidence.
- Higher-level review: Your claim may have been denied by an inexperienced claims adjudicator. During a higher-level review, a more experienced claims adjudicator will evaluate your case.
- Request a board appeal: If your claim was denied, you could file an appeal with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). During these proceedings, you are entitled to legal counsel. Your lawyer can represent you during a meeting with the BVA.
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Filing a Lawsuit Against the Government for MCAS New River Toxin Exposure
In many cases, the US government maintains specific immunity against legal action. However, on June 16th, the Senate voted to enact the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. This act strips the government of specific immunity, therefore opening them up to legal action.
Once this act is signed into law, poisoned military employees, civilians, and veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune and its satellite bases will be eligible for a lawsuit against the US government.
Prior to the passing of this act, you could only secure compensation by petitioning Veterans’ Association (VA) for benefits. Now, a lawsuit could provide you with compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Is There a Deadline for MCAS New River Toxic Water Exposure Lawsuits?
Yes, the act also imposed a deadline on legal action associated with MCAS New River. Once the act is signed into law, plaintiffs—those pursuing a lawsuit—will have two years to bring a lawsuit against the US government.
If you’re filing a lawsuit after a denied benefits claim, you’ll have a different deadline.
Contact Our Team Today About MCAS New River Toxic Water Exposure Benefits
Our legal team can review your case. We’re committed to our clients and will help you fight for fair compensation. We believe that those who suffered at MCAS New River deserve justice. Our lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis. So, we don’t require upfront fees. You deserve time to rest. Let us handle your case.
If you were exposed to toxic water at Marine Corps Air Station New River, we could assist with securing benefits or filing a lawsuit on your behalf. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a no-obligation case review.