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Camp Lejeune: One Of America's Great Military Facilities
In 1940, the U.S. Navy purchased a 11,000-acre tract of land in North Carolina. This site would become the future location for Camp Lejeune.
The Navy named the base Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in honor of Lt. General John Lejeune. Lt. General Lejeune was one of the greatest leathernecks of all time, known as the Marine's Marine.
And Camp Lejeune operations have contributed mightily to our nation since it's founding. Millions of marines have been trained there. Camp Lejeune now encompasses 156,000 acres and is one of the elite military training facilities worldwide.
Contaminated Water Leads To Many Injuries
From at least 1953 through 1987, Marines and their families at Lejeune drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations 240 to 3,400 times permitted by safety standards. In 1982, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were discovered in Camp Lejeune's drinking water supply.
VOC contamination of groundwater can cause birth defects and other ill health effects in pregnant and nursing mothers. It can also cause cancer. Unfortunately, the government kept this information hidden from the public for nearly two decades. As many as 1 million people may have been exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The most common serious injuries associated with the contaminated water include:
New Law Allows Those Impacted To Get Compensation
On August 10, 2022, the Honoring Our PACT Act was signed into law with Republican and Democratic support. The law provides for compensation for those injured by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
Unlike the Agent Orange lawsuits, we estimate that some people will receive six figures in compensation. This is after lawyer fees.
Many veterans are wondering why they should hire a lawyer. If you have minor injuries, we recommend working with a veterans service organization. They will handle your case for free and you can save the cost of a lawyer.
But, if you have a serious injury (like those listed on this page), we strongly recommend that you hire an attorney. Going with a free option could end up costing you big money, even after lawyers fees. Injury lawyers like those with the Sedona Legal Network know how to maximize the value of case. This means that we can help you get all the money you deserve. Plus, there are no upfront costs, so it is free to get started today.
Time Is Limited, See If You Qualify Today
Congress put a time limit on when claims can no longer be filed. Additionally, claim processing will be first come, first served. So it is urgent to enter in your information today so you can be first in line.
Here are the steps to get started:
Step 1: Call us or enter your info in the form above
Step 2: See how much you qualify for
Frequently Asked Questions
You can, and if you think you have a weak case, then we would recommend you use a free service. It will save you the costs and a lawyer probably won't make a financial difference for you. Email us at support [at] sedonalegal.com and we can recommend free resources for you.
However, if you or a loved one has suffered from one of the injuries listed on this page, we would recommend that you hire a lawyer. The government will want to pay you as little as possible and our lawyers will fight hard for you to get all of your money. We can't guarantee that a free service will do the same for you. Your case will likely be one of thousands or tens of thousands that the free service handles.
According to the Insurance Research Council, hiring a lawyer could get you up to 3.5x more money. We can't guarantee that a free service can do the same.
The new Federal law that allows families to get compensation includes a clause that limits the time to file. There currently is a window open to allow you to file, but once the window closes, it closes for good.
Attorneys get a bad reputation and rightly so. But even if you don't trust lawyers generally, you can trust your lawyer fighting hard for you. Your lawyer will be your advocate fighting to get you the most money for you.
Remember, the government is going to try to give you as little as possible. The agent orange cases paid veterans pennies on the dollar. Don't trust your payout to a free service who will process thousands of claims.
If you are serious about your case, then enter your information in the form above or give us a call.
Yes you can. The VA granted access to medical case for Camp Lejeune water illnesses starting in 2012. This is a separate program and another way to claim compensation for the injury incurred. So even if you are already receiving benefits from the VA for Camp Lejeune, you can still qualify under this program.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a bipartisan bill supported by Republicans and Democrats. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that veterans, their family members or others who lived, worked, or were stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC between 1954 and 1987 can get financial compensation for the toxic drinking water there.
Many have tried to sue throughout the years, but the law did not allow them to recover damages. Now Congress expects to pay out up to $6.7 Billion to those who suffered an illness as a result of drinking or using the water at Camp Lejeune.
Not at all, in fact, the attorneys that we will connect you with won't charge you any money up front. These attorneys work on a contingency basis which means that they get paid out of the settlement proceeds.
In essence, these lawyers only get paid when you get money, so there is no risk to you to get started.
Anyone who lived or worked (or was a family member who lived or worked) at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
Not all the water at Camp Lejeune was harmful. It was found that people living and working in areas serviced by two of the main water distribution systems (Hadna Point and Tarawa Terrace) were exposed to the cancer and illness causing water.
The Department of Veterans Affairs currently acknowledges the following forms of cancer linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination:
Three primary sources are believed to have caused the water contamination:
In short, it was very bad. Known cancer causing carcinogens including benzene, PCE, and TCE were detected at levels 340 - 2400 times the safe exposure threshold.
Yes, a family member of a person may be eligible to file a claim.
While it is impossible to know an exact case worth since it is early in litigation, this expert is estimating your claim may be worth up to $1,000,000.
First, fill out the form above. Once you complete the form, you will be connected with our attorney team who will review your case and then will call you to discuss further. If you are a candidate for a large cash settlement, they will ask you additional details.
Product liability cases like this typically take anywhere from a few months to a few years to resolve. Most importantly, if your time to file a claim is limited, it would be urgent that you complete the form above immediately.
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