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Pennsylvania Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney

Posted on September 30, 2022

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious illness from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Rosenbaum & Associates by calling 1-888-664-6974 or send us a message online to arrange your free consultation today. 

Why Choose Us? 

  • With our resources and more than 25 years of experience, we know what it takes for your case to succeed.
  • Our team is not afraid to take your case to trial to ensure your rights are protected.
  • We do not charge any legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

The Problem With Camp Lejeune Water and Who Is at Risk

Between 1953 and 1987, water treatment facilities in Camp Lejeune were contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The main VOCs found were trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). TCE and PCE are dry cleaning solvents and degreasers linked to cancers, including Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The water also contained high levels of other toxic chemicals such as Vinyl chloride and Benzene.  

It is estimated that more than one million people may have been affected by the contaminated water over those 34 years. This includes military members, their families, including children and babies in utero, and civilian employees on the base. The effects have been devastating, with many diagnosed with cancer of the liver, kidneys, bladder, thyroid, prostate, testicles, ovaries, stomach, colon, lung, or skin, adult leukemia, brain tumors, female infertility, Parkinson’s disease, and more. 

Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

The North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill 551 in June 2018, allowing those suffering health problems related to Camp Lejeune contaminated water to sue the federal government. The law passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate in July 2022. Therefore, you will soon be able to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit once the President signs it into law. However, the following elements must be present in your case:

  • You worked or lived within the area where the contaminated water originated for a total of 30 days or longer between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
  • Evidence of some type of illness or disease from exposure to the contaminated water.
  • Evidence that your condition is directly linked to the base’s contaminated water and was not caused by something else.
  • You suffered financial and/or other personal losses as a result of your illness or disease. 

Most claims must be filed within two to three years of the date you learned of the connection between your condition and the contaminated water or should have known. If you fail to bring a claim within that time, you may lose your right to recover compensation. Therefore, discussing your specific case with a Pennsylvania Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney to learn your deadline is critical. 

Types of Compensation Available for Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Victims

Benefits are available now through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as:.  

Health Care

To qualify, you must have lived at Camp Lejeune within the specified timeframe and suffered: 

  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer 
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Birth defects
  • Neurobehavioral effects

Health care for the above conditions is provided at no cost if you are eligible under the Camp Lejeune Act of 2012. In addition, family members may also qualify for reimbursement of related out-of-pocket medical expenses. 

Disability Benefits

Veterans who suffer from one of the following conditions linked to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, can qualify for disability benefits: 

  • Adult leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Liver cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes

Unfortunately, family members cannot receive disability benefits from the VA. 

Lawsuit Damages

Once veterans, family members, and civilian workers affected by Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water have the ability to file suit, they can recover damages for unpaid medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. 

We Can Help

If you are having trouble obtaining VA benefits or are interested in filing a lawsuit against the government in the near future, you need a trusted and skilled attorney on your side. Our Pennsylvania Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney at Rosenbaum & Associates can help determine your eligibility, gather evidence, and build a solid case on your behalf. We will aggressively fight to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you and your family deserves. Call 1-888-664-6974 or send us a message online to arrange your free consultation today.