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Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Disability Compensation

For nearly four decades, military service members, their families, and nearby civilians were exposed to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Due to exposure to a variety of toxic contaminants and volatile organic compounds such as benzene, vinyl chloride, etc., numerous Veterans, their families, and everyday citizens living and working in or near Camp Lejeune have been diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

 

The VA Falls Short

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has tried to provide remedies, but its efforts have largely fallen short. As one veteran with pancreatic and prostate cancer told CBS News, the VA’s approach to every Camp Lejeune water contamination claim was “Deny, deny, deny until the Veterans die.”

From 2011 to 2022, the Veteran affairs granted just 18,910 Camp Lejeune water contamination claims and outright denied 90,427 others for an overall approval rate of 17%. Approximately 2,443 claims are still pending and sadly, many Veterans have died from their service-related medical conditions while waiting for their claims to be approved.

 

What Is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?

The US Senate passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, a bill put forth by lawmakers in response to the VA’s gross mishandling of Camp Lejeune claims. The bill would waive government immunity and allow affected individuals to sue and recover damages for harm from exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.

Not only would this law help the resident veterans who were unable to get VA benefits, but also allow their kin and any civilian who lived and work near Camp Lejeune. They have the legal right to seek compensation and file lawsuits against the federal government.

 

Who Can Sue?

Any individual who was exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, can sue for damages if they have been diagnosed with any of the following afflictions:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

The Department of Veteran Affairs connects these diseases to service at Camp Lejeune, so Veterans with these conditions should automatically be eligible for disability benefits. Veterans, their family members, and nearby civilians may also be eligible to file lawsuits against the U.S. government under H.R. 6482 to reclaim damages caused by the diseases listed above.

 

Are You a Victim of the Atrocities of Camp Lejeune’s?

Do you know someone diagnosed with cancer or any illness listed by the VA? Or did you lose a loved one due to Camp Lejeune water contamination? If yes, start building your lawsuit against the federal government today with shrew legal assistance. Connect with L. Clayton Burgess and get proficient attorneys by your side from start to finish. You don’t owe us anything unless you win.

Call us at (877) – 234-7573 or chat live with us for a free consultation today and let our 25+ years of litigation experience bring your respite and resolution.

Disclaimer : Partner with Bell Legal Group, Licensed in North Carolina

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