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Camp Lejeune Lawyer For Contaminated Water Claims

If you served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina or Marine Corps Air Station New River through the 1980s you or your family may have a claim for benefits due to a health risk related to the water at those locations that was used for bathing and drinking. 

For more than 30 years, the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with high levels of toxic chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals has since been linked to the development of serious illnesses that threaten one’s overall health and livelihood, including an increased likelihood of cancer diagnoses and birth defects. It is estimated that one million veterans, workers and employees of Camp LeJeune have been exposed to the dangerous and poisonous industrial chemicals that were found in the water on base.

Work with a Camp Lejeune lawyer at Turley, Redmond and Rosasco to determine if you qualify for compensation related to Camp Lejeune water contamination. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience representing injured and disabled workers and the military for workers’ compensation, social security disability, and construction accident law claims.  

Eligibility For Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Benefits

You may be entitled to health care benefits and compensation if you are a veteran who served at Camp Lejeune or the Marine Corps Air Station New River from August 1953 through December 1987 for more than 30 days and have since developed serious health concerns.  

For a medical link to be presumed, you must have had exposure to the contaminated water and suffer from one of eight serious health conditions that have been determined to be caused by exposure to contaminated water:

  1. Adult leukemia
  2. Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  3. Bladder cancer
  4. Kidney cancer
  5. Liver cancer
  6. Multiple myeloma
  7. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  8. Parkinson’s disease

If you or a loved one meets this criteria – or if you are uncertain and have questions – get in touch with a Camp Lejeune lawyer at Turley, Redmond and Rosasco. Our initial consultation is free and we are happy to listen to your story and advise whether we can help.

How to Obtain Veterans Disability Benefits For Exposure to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

Together with the help and guidance of a Camp Lejeune lawyer you can apply for benefits through the VA. You will need to provide documentation to support your claim, including: 

  • Your military records showing you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 while on active duty, or in the National Guard or Reserves, and
  • Medical records stating that you have one or more of the eight illnesses on the presumptive conditions list.

Benefits for veterans include health care and compensation. 

Can I Get Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Benefits as a Family Member?

Yes, you can receive Camp Lejeune water benefits as a family member. You still need to file a claim for disability compensation and provide the proper supporting documents. You may receive payment for health care costs that were associated with the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.

  • A document proving your relationship to the veteran who served on active duty for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune (like a marriage license, birth certificate, or adoption papers).
  • A document proving that you lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 (like utility bills, base housing records, military orders, or tax forms).
  • Medical records that show you have one of the 15 conditions listed above (as well as the date the illness was diagnosed and that you’re being treated or have been treated in the past for this illness).

Are There Other Diseases That May Be Linked to the Water at Camp Lejeune?

In January 2017, the VA enacted a new rule making it easier for veterans to obtain disability benefits if they suffer from one of eight diseases listed above associated with the contaminated water. The eight aforementioned diseases have a significant advantage when you file a claim because you don’t have to prove cause to qualify for benefits. 

However, veterans may suffer from other diseases and conditions that may qualify them for compensation related to their out-of-pocket health care costs. These conditions include:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma”
  • And others

To show cause, you’ll need the experience of a Camp Lejeune lawyer who is familiar with the veteran’s benefits process. If you believe you have been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and have since developed a serious health condition as a result, we encourage you to reach out to our team for a free consultation to learn more about your eligibility.

Toxic Chemicals Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune

The water at Camp Lejeune has been found to contain a variety of toxic substances, including:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Benzene

These are all colorless chemicals that were found to have a presence in two wells on base at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. Those wells provided drinking water to Camp Lejeune’s on-base family housing, schools, barracks, administrative offices, the base hospital, and an additional housing area. These chemicals are used as cleaning agents for metal parts and considered dangerous and poisonous for human consumption or exposure.

Contact a Camp Lejeune Lawyer to Obtain Your Benefits Today

Our veteran’s disability law firm has recovered more than $250,000,000 in the past 30 years for veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and injured workers throughout New York and Long Island. If you or a loved one developed a disease or health concern related to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River, contact our firm today for a free consultation. You’ll speak with a Camp Lejeune lawyer who can help determine your eligibility and answer any questions about your potential claim. 

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