You and your family may have suffered harm from contaminated water. If so, you can file a contaminated water lawsuit, but you may have to meet certain other criteria. For example, it may be necessary for you to have been in an area exposed to contaminated water, such as North Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Illinois. Our firm can help you understand such criteria, meet it, and recover your due compensation.
Who Is Eligible for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
The Camp Lejeune crisis began in the 1950s in North Carolina when a dry cleaning company leaked contaminants into nearby water-distribution plants that supplied water to Camp Lejeune and nearby areas. Many people became very sick from this water.
In 2012, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act was passed, allowing sick people to recover some compensation. In 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was passed, allowing these people to sue for further compensation.
You are likely eligible for a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit if:
- You were stationed at, working at, or residing in any of the following areas:
- Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
- Marine Corps Air Station New River
- Hadnot Point
- Camp Geiger
- Holcomb Boulevard
- Onslow Beach
- Camp Johnson/Montford Point
- Camp Lejeune Greater Sandy Run
- Paradise Point
- Tarawa Terrace
- Stone Bay Rifle Range;
- Or if you were otherwise exposed to contaminated water in any of the above areas;
- Or if your child had been exposed in utero (for at least 30 consecutive or non-consecutive days;
- And you were exposed to contaminated water at a point between 1953 and 1987;
- And you had a diagnosis of any of the following health problems:
- A neurobehavioral effect
- A cardiac birth defect
- A myelodysplastic syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- Fatty liver disease
- Renal toxicity
- A miscarriage
- Female infertility
- Cancer (breast cancer, liver cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or a different cancer)
- A different serious health problem;
- Or your child had a diagnosis of:
- An eye defect
- A serious heart defect
- An oral cleft defect (for example, a cleft lip)
- A neural tube defect (for example, an anencephaly or a spina bifida)
- Choanal atresia (nasal cavity narrowing, leading to breathing difficulty)
- A different serious health problem
Who Can File a Flint Contaminated Water Lawsuit?
In 2014, Flint, Michigan changed their source of water. The pipes they used were made with lead, and the water wasn’t treated properly. As a result, the drinking and bathing water was contaminated with too much lead, which made people very sick.
Today, many of these people are suing the government. They have proposed a settlement of more than $600 million, subject to approval by a court.
You can likely sue if you’re a Flint resident and you suffered lead poisoning, Legionnaires’ disease, and/or any other damages related to the Flint crisis.
Can Family Members Sue on Behalf of Deceased Loved Ones?
Generally, a parent, child, spouse, or sibling can sue if their loved one lost their life. Our firm can help you with a wrongful death lawsuit if you’d like to file one on behalf of your loved one.
What Damages Can I Get in a Contaminated Water Lawsuit?
In certain cases, like Camp Lejeune cases, claimants can get monthly benefits from the government. A Camp Lejeune claimant can get standard benefits that can compensate them for common damages, as well as special benefits that can compensate for more. The claimant can also sue for further damages.
In some other cases, like Flint cases, claimants can get compensated through a claim and/or a lawsuit. If you have a Flint case, you can obtain medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of new piping added to your house, and/or the cost of a water treatment system added to your house.
If you have a wrongful death case, you can recover wrongful death damages for your family. These damages can include lost income, loss of companionship, loss of parental love, and many other related damages.
We Can Help You Obtain Your Due Compensation
Our firm can direct you on how to file your case and what action to take next. One of our contaminated water lawyers near you will help you list your damages for your claim and/or lawsuit. Your lawyer will also:
- Collect documentation of your damages, such as your diagnosis and prognosis
- Find access to free lead testing for you (if you have a Flint case)
- Ensure your disability rating from Veterans Affairs if fair (if you have a Camp Lejeune case)
- Reject and appeal a claim denial
- Sue an entity, like the government
- Fight hard for a fair resolution to your case
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC With Any Other Questions
During a complimentary case review, we’ll answer any other questions you have. We’ll also tell you more about how one of our contaminated water attorneys near you can help. Our attorneys manage water contamination cases regularly, including the current cases in North Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Illinois. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
If you can file a contaminated water lawsuit, you should as soon as possible. Our firm will help you do so. For a free case review, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today. Our team of lawyers will help you get the legal process started in a timely manner. There’s no reason to wait any longer to get the compensation you need.