For decades (from 1953 through 1987) members of the US Military, their families, and employees of Camp Lejeune were exposed to contaminated water. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act has been signed into law, and now makes it possible to bring claims for injuries and death caused by the contaminated water. Whether you have a claim is a complicated question, and you should speak with an attorney to determine how to proceed.
At a minimum, to qualify for a claim, you or your loved one must have resided, worked, or otherwise been exposed (including in utero exposure) for at least 30 days from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 to water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
From there, it will be a claimant’s burden to prove, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, that such exposure caused harm. The harms that are suspected to have resulted from exposure to the toxic chemicals range from various types of cancer to Parkinson’s Disease and heart problems.
Since this law is very new, it is too early to tell how difficult it is going to be to prove the necessary causal relationship between your health problems and the time spent exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. However, if you spent time at Camp Lejeune during the period covered by The Camp Lejeune Justice Act and have experienced serious health problems, you likely have a claim. Additionally, if you had a loved one who spent time at Camp Lejeune who later died of cancer, Parkinson’s Disease or heart problems, their death may have been caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
You should speak with an attorney if you or a loved one spent time at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 as you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, or loss of society and companionship.
No two cases are alike, and each set of facts needs to be meticulously examined in order to maximize your possible recovery. At Vann Attorneys, we do not plan to engage in television advertising related to these potential contaminated water claims in order to amass the largest number of claimants. Instead, we intend to be as selective as we normally are with our cases in deciding whether to take your case. This is so we may devote substantial personal attention to each Camp Lejeune contaminated water case we take on.
If you would like to speak with a lawyer for a free case evaluation to determine whether you should pursue a case for contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, please contact us today to schedule a time to talk by phone or in person.