The contamination of the freshwater wells at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has been called "the most corrupt military environmental disaster." For over three decades, from 1953 to 1987, water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other daily uses was poisoned with toxic chemicals. Thousands of American service members and their families suffered miscarriages, stillbirths, and other serious health problems. Many have developed cancer, Parkinson's disease, and other various illnesses.
The U.S. government's negligence toward the health of more than one million men and women in the U.S. military has gone unaddressed for decades. The water contamination at Camp Lejeune has led to severe illnesses and death among those who served and civilian contractors/employees working on the base. While the full extent of the tragedy is still unknown, justice must be served in this matter, and justice will be pursued by our firm on behalf of you and your family.
It is indisputable that military service is an act of patriotism and courage. Those who choose to protect and fight for our country deserve more than just our gratitude; they deserve our respect. We are honored to fight for those who sacrificed so much for us.
In the early 1950s, dangerous pollutants began to be discharged into the water supply at Camp Lejeune. These chemicals include hazardous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as Tetrachloroethene, Trichloroethene, Dichloroethene, and Vinyl Chloride. Several water studies demonstrated the danger of these chemicals to human health. Still, the government took no action until more than a million people were exposed. Worse still, it took until 2012 for members and families of the American military to be granted the opportunity to receive basic medical coverage for injuries sustained due to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
Today, those who served at Camp Lejeune are eligible for only minimal care. The spouses, children, and other family members of military personnel stationed in the North Carolina base have been unable to receive compensation for their illnesses.
In March of 2022, Congress passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. This law makes it possible for victims of toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune to file claims against the government even though North Carolina's Statute of Limitations typically prevents them from doing so. Congress’s new law also allows for lawsuits against those responsible for the contamination. While punitive damages are not permitted under this law, victims will be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages.
Recovery is available to anyone who served, worked, resided, or was otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) to water at Camp Lejeune, MCAS New River, and other satellite facilities from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. The required duration of exposure is any period/s that cumulatively amounts to 30 days or more of water exposure during the qualifying period. For example, a federal civilian employee who spent one day per month on base for the three years between 1973 and 1976 would qualify.
Individuals who passed away are eligible if they had one of the following conditions and met the exposure criteria at Camp Lejeune.
There are strict time limits on these cases.
We are prepared to file your case in North Carolina.
The time limit on these cases is strict and is not to be toyed with, or you could lose out on any recovery.
You or your loved one volunteered to serve the country, not to drink toxic water. It is time to hold the government accountable, who knew what they were doing for years. Call us now! Or fill out our intake form to get your case started!
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