What Does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Mean for Veterans?

News of a contaminated water supply on military base Camp Lejeune stunned the United States. Between 1953 and 1987, leaking underground tanks and waste disposal systems released toxic chemicals and carcinogens up to 280 times the standard safety level into the water supply at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, sickening thousands of Marines, their families, and other civilians on base. This has left hundreds of thousands of people susceptible to several types of cancer and other serious health complications.

Previously, injured and sickened military veterans and family members were barred from seeking financial recovery from the U.S. until the Senate passed The Camp Lejeune Act as part of the PACT Act, the largest bipartisan bill in American history to address military service members’ exposure to toxic substances. The bill was signed into law on August 11, 2022.  This new law allows military veterans and their families to file civil lawsuits against the US government for harm caused by at least 30 days exposure (including in utero exposure) to water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987.

Now, affected military veterans, their families, and other civilians can take their cases to court and seek financial recovery from the federal government. If the Camp Lejeune water contamination impacted you or a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation.

Filing a Camp Lejeune Contamination Claim

If you lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 and did not receive a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the military, you may be eligible for compensation from the government.

To file a claim, we will help you locate the following:

  1. Your military records showing that you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987 while on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves, and
  2. Medical records stating you have or had at least one or more of the illnesses on this list. Presumptive conditions include:
    • Aplastic anemia
    • Kidney cancer
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Adult Leukemia
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Bladder cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Miscarriage
    • Hepatic Steatosis

Protecting the Ill and Injured Veterans of North and South Carolina

At Grimes Teich Anderson, we know our veterans have put their lives on the line to serve our country, and we are ready to help them in return. If you or a loved one served at Camp Lejeune and were exposed to the toxic water supply on base, you may be entitled to compensation from the U.S. government. Let our Veterans Law attorneys help secure the compensation you deserve for your experience.

Contact our Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit attorneys today by filling out and submitting a contact form online or calling our office toll-free at 800-533-6845.

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