Camp Lejeune Lawyers
Exposed to Contaminated Water? Call (352) 261-6767
Schackow & Mercadante is investigating claims from victims nationwide who were diagnosed with cancer and other health conditions after being exposed to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Thanks to new legislation, victims of Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure now have new opportunities to obtain justice. You may have grounds to file a claim for compensation under the new law if:
- You are a veteran, military family member, contractor, or civilian who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987; and
- Have been diagnosed with cancer or another chronic health condition.
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Our attorneys are reviewing potential Camp Lejeune lawsuits from veterans and civilians across Florida and the U.S. Call (352) 261-6767 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act Opens Door to Civil Suits
For decades, veterans and civilians have struggled to obtain health care and benefits for conditions caused by toxic exposure – especially those caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Fortunately, a new federal law known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is giving victims a chance to obtain long-overdue justice.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) is a federal law enacted in August 2022 as part of the Honoring Our Pact Act. It’s viewed as a major victory for victims, as it clears many of the barriers that have prevented veterans and civilians from obtaining the compensation they deserve.
Thanks to the CJLA, victims sickened by contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base now have a clear and defined pathway to justice. That’s due to key provisions that:
- Allow qualifying individuals to file civil lawsuits and recover financial compensation for damages caused by their exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
- Prohibits the government from asserting immunity from litigation in response to these lawsuits.
- Preclude North Carolina’s statute of repose, which otherwise prevent victims from filing civil torts if 10 years have passed.
According to the CDC, as many as 1 million people exposed to contaminated Camp Lejeune water may now be eligible to file civil claims over their injuries and losses.
Given the sheer number of lawsuits that will be filed, Camp Lejeune cases will likely be consolidated before a single federal court through a process known as multi-district litigation (MDL). MDLs expedite the settlement process and, unlike class actions, allow plaintiffs to maintain individual cases and recover compensation appropriate for their damages. For plaintiffs who want to make the most of this opportunity, working with experienced legal counsel is crucial.
What Are the Claims in Camp Lejeune Lawsuits?
Plaintiffs filing Camp Lejeune lawsuits allege that they developed cancers and other conditions because they were exposed to contaminated water at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
These claims are supported by the Marine Corps’ 1982 discovery that drinking water supplied on base was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that are often man-made and toxic to humans. VOCs found in Camp Lejeune’s water included:
- Vinyl chloride
- PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene)
- TCE (trichloroethylene)
- Trans-1,2-DCE (t-1,2-dichloroethylene)
According to the CDC, researchers have traced these VOCs to multiple contamination sources, including leaks in underground tanks, industrial spills, and a nearby dry cleaner’s improper disposal of chemical waste.
Cancers & Conditions Connected to Camp Lejeune Contaminants
Over the course of decades, medical experts have connected exposure to the VOCs found in Camp Lejeune drinking water to increased risks of certain cancers and health conditions. Some of these include:
- Lung, esophageal, cervical, and breast cancer
- Kidney, bladder, and liver cancer
- Blood cancers (leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma)
- Kidney disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reproductive complications (birth defects, fetal death, and miscarriage)
Am I Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
You may have grounds to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if you or someone you love were:
- A servicemember, military family member, government contractor, or civilian who worked or lived at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987;
- Exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days, including in utero and non-consecutive exposure; and
- Diagnosed with cancer or another adverse health condition.
Determining your eligibility is a critical first step in the fight for justice, but it can be challenging, especially for individuals and families who are currently dealing with diagnoses and poor health. At Schackow & Mercadante, our attorneys can assist with evaluating your eligibility and obtaining the necessary evidence to show that you qualify.
How Much Compensation Will Camp Lejeune Victims Recover?
Civil lawsuits like those in the Camp Lejeune litigation allow victims to recover various damages connected to their injuries – including losses that are not available through the VA or workers’ compensation system. If you qualify, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Grief, anguish, and emotional injuries
- Lost income and lost future earnings
- Past and future medical bills
- Other economic and non-economic losses connected to your injuries
Settlement value depends on the facts of each individual case, so the best way to assess the potential value of your claim is to have it reviewed personally by a lawyer.
Our Camp Lejeune toxic exposure attorneys can help you understand the damages to which you may be entitled after reviewing your case. And because damages awarded in lawsuits brought under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act are subject to offsets of any benefits awarded through the VA, Medicare, or Medicaid, we can also evaluate how any benefits you’ve already received might impact a final award.
FREE Consultation with a Camp Lejeune Attorney: (352) 261-6767
Schackow & Mercadante is an experienced law firm with a passion for fighting on behalf of veterans, victims, and families who’ve suffered through no fault of their own. If you or someone you love were harmed by exposure to Camp Lejeune water, we want to help you in the fight for justice.
Our attorneys serve Camp Lejeune victims across Gainesville, the state of Florida, and the U.S. We charge no fees up front and only collect a fee if we win. To request a consultation, call (352) 261-6767 or contact us online.
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