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It is now known that the drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was contaminated, and is associated with serious health conditions. So, if you served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, or if you were a family member of a veteran or a civilian who was subjected to this unsafe drinking water, you may be entitled to receive compensation. To learn more, continue reading to see how an experienced New York personal injury lawyer at Bell Law Group, PLLC can assist you in filing a claim.
What health conditions are tied to the Camp Lejeune water contamination?
Three carcinogens, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and benzene, were identified in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Tetrachlorethylene was also found, which is deemed as “likely carcinogenic.” Thus, exposure to this water contamination has been commonly tied to cancers such as adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, multiple myeloma, and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, along with bladder, kidney, and liver cancers.
Am I eligible to receive disability compensation?
In response to the discovery of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs established the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Essentially, this covers your health care if you were a service member at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and you exhibit one of the following health conditions:
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Female infertility
- Renal toxicity
- Hepatic steatosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
Notably, if you have another health condition that has yet to be associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply, you can still receive coverage but you will have a co-pay.
How do I file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit?
If you are suffering from serious health conditions that you believe are tied to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, we strongly recommend that you file a claim. Our firm will help you collect the documentation that shows that you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. We will also help you retrieve the proper medical documentation regarding your ailments.
From here, we will negotiate a fair settlement, or, if necessary, we will take your case to trial to fight for the full compensation to recover your damages. Contact a skilled attorney from our team to get started on your case today.
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