Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuits
Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune? Call (732) 440-3089
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. is investigating potential claims from veterans and civilians nationwide who suffered illnesses and losses after being exposed to contaminated water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
If you lived or worked near the North Carolina military base and have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious health condition, or have lost a loved one, you may have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit. Recently passed legislation has created new pathways for victims of Camp Lejeune toxic exposure to seek justice, and our attorneys at Levinson Axelrod can help you take the next steps.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act Now Lets Victims Sue for Toxic Exposure
Victims sickened by Camp Lejeune toxic water at have faced many hurdles in their fight for justice. But thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, victims can now bring civil lawsuits to pursue a recovery of their damages.
The CLJA has several key components designed to eliminate barriers for veterans, their families, and other victims seeking justice. Thanks to the CLJA:
- Eligible individuals will be able to sue and recover damages caused by toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune in civil court.
- The U.S. government will be prohibited from asserting immunity from litigation in response to such lawsuits.
These are significant victories that will allow victims across the country to finally secure the justice and compensation they deserve. And given that thousands of individuals may now be eligible to pursue claims, cases are expected to be consolidated through multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Multidistrict litigation is a special process in which civil cases from across the country are transferred to a single federal court. It helps streamline the court process and allows plaintiffs to maintain their own individual case and pursue compensation that corresponds to their injuries and damages.
What Are the Claims in Camp Lejeune Lawsuits?
Plaintiffs bringing lawsuits claim that they developed serious cancers and health conditions because of their exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
These claims are based on Marine Corps findings from 1982 that drinking water supplied by on-base treatment plants contained volatile compounds (VOCs) that included:
- Vinyl chloride
- PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene)
- TCE (trichloroethylene)
- Trans-1,2-DCE (t-1,2-dichloroethylene)
According to the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), there were multiple sources of contamination, including industrial spills, waste disposal sites, leaking underground storage tanks, and an off-base dry cleaning business that improperly disposed of waste.
Over the years, numerous scientific medical studies have linked exposure to the chemicals found in Camp Lejeune water to various cancers and chronic conditions. Some of these include:
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- End-stage renal disease
- Parkinson disease
- Birth defects, fetal death, and miscarriage
- Breast, cervical, lung, and esophageal cancer
Am I Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Your ability to bring a civil personal injury lawsuit – or a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of a loved one – will depend on your circumstances. While the best way to evaluate your eligibility is to speak personally with an attorney, you may have a potential claim if you or someone you love were:
- A servicemember, military family member, contractor, civilian, or someone who lived or worked at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
- Exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days (including in utero exposure); and
- Diagnosed with cancer or another chronic health condition.
How Much is My Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Worth?
Victims who meet eligibility criteria have the right to pursue civil claims and recover financial compensation for their damages. Civil claims are different from claims or compensation provided through the VA, a disability case, or a workers’ compensation case, and generally allow a person to recover damages that aren’t available through those channels, such as emotional suffering.
Generally, victims in civil actions can recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Grief, anguish, and loss of consortium
- Lost financial support
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost income
Our attorneys can help you better understand the types of damages you may be able to recover after reviewing the facts of your case.
Call For a FREE Case Evaluation: (732) 440-3089
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. fields a team of nationally recognized trial lawyers who have dedicated their careers to plaintiffs’ work. We know how to handle civil injury cases, how to advocate for victims, and how to guide clients toward the financial recoveries they deserve. It’s why we’ve been trusted by families, workers, and even colleagues across New Jersey and beyond for over 80 years.
If you have questions about a potential Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit, please call (732) 440-3089 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. We serve clients nationwide.
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