Camp Lejeune is a military base in North Carolina. Families living on the base between 1953 and 1987 were exposed to contaminated water when chemicals got into two of their eight water treatment plants. As a result, thousands of people who lived on the base are dealing with a variety of physical ailments.
Kubosh Law is now accepting claims for the Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit. Contact us at 713-491-6977 to find out how you can get the compensation you deserve.
What is the Basis for the Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Lawsuit?
Camp Lejeune serves as a residence for servicemen, contractors, and their families. It opened in 1942.
It is believed that the water on the base became contaminated around 1953. No one is sure of the source of the contamination, but it may have been due to a nearby dry-cleaning facility.
At first, the people on the base were unaware of the issue. But the existence of the chemicals and their hazardous effects became known in 1982.
Once the contamination became common knowledge, the residents let officials know, but little action was taken.
What Laws Are in Place to Help People Seeking Compensation for the Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit?
In 2012, years after the contamination was brought to light, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act went into effect. It provided compensation for those affected by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
However, it only covered damages for medical expenses. It also only applied to eight of the many conditions that may have been linked to the contamination.
In 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was introduced. It serves to offer more compensation for a wider variety of ailments. The act has passed and allows families affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to be fully compensated.
Who is Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Lawsuit?
To be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit, you must have lived on the military base for at least 30 days at some point between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. You must also fall into one of these categories:
- A military member
- A veteran
- National Guard
- A family member of any of the above
You must also prove that you are suffering with a physical condition that was directly linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Kubosh Law can help you build a strong case that establishes a connection between your condition and the water ensuring you become compensated.
What Kind of Contaminants Were Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune?
The contaminants found in the water at Camp Lejeune include the following:
- Benzene: This is an industrial solvent often used in the manufacturing of drugs, lubricants, plastics, and pesticides. It is also a known carcinogen.
- Trichloroethylene: This solvent is commonly used to manufacture consumer products and chemicals.
- Tetrachloroethylene: This dry-cleaning agent and solvent is found in a variety of consumer products.
- Vinyl chloride: Vinyl chloride can be used to manufacture pipes, cars, and plastic products. It has been shown to cause damage to the immune system and nervous system and to weaken bones.
What Types of Conditions are Cause for a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit?
There are a variety of conditions that have been linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. They include:
- Adult leukemia
- A variety of cancers including breast cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, esophageal cancer, and lung cancer
- Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Female infertility and miscarriage
- Renal toxicity and other kidney problems
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Hepatic steatosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Cardiac defects
How Much Compensation Can I Get for My Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit?
The amount of compensation you can get for your Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit will vary depending on the extent of your damages. With the new act, victims can be compensated for:
- Lost wages
- Emotional damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost earning potential
- Wrongful death
Contact Kubosh Law to discuss your Camp Lejeune drinking water lawsuit. We’ll tell you how much you may be owed in damages.
Will a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit Affect My Veteran’s Disability Benefits?
No. If you are receiving disability benefits for a Camp Lejeune contaminated water-related condition or for any other reason, they will not be affected by bringing a lawsuit.
The lawsuit may only allow you to get additional compensation on what you are already collecting. So, if you are already getting medical benefits, the claim may also make you eligible to be compensated for emotional damage, lost wages, wrongful death, etc.
Furthermore, you may still be eligible to bring a lawsuit if you were previously denied benefits. The new Act provides compensation for more conditions, meaning the condition you were diagnosed with may now make you eligible to be covered for your damages. Our attorneys will let you know whether it’s worth it for you to move forward with your claim.
Kubosh Law Will Represent You in Your Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit
If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you in your Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit, we have years of experience representing victims in criminal defense and traffic ticket defense. We are known for our high level of service and our winning results. We won’t charge you a penny unless we help you win your case.
The water at Camp Lejeune reduced quality of life for thousands of innocent military members and their families. Despite officials being made aware of the problem they refused to take action. Now people are suffering from their negligence.
Contact Kubosh Law and we will see to it that you get the justice you deserve.