New Federal Law Opens Window for Injury Claims on North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune from “hundreds of thousands” of former Camp Lejeune residents
In July 2022, Congress passed a bipartisan bill allowing people to bring claims for compensation if they were exposed to contaminated water at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987. During those years the drinking and bathing water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with highly toxic chemicals, including trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, and benzene.
This toxic water could have caused injuries including kidney cancer and other kidney diseases, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, liver cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, systemic sclerosis/scleroderma, and cardiac defects. The contamination also could have caused miscarriage or birth defects.
There is a 2-year window to make a claim with Veterans Affairs, which began when President Biden signed the bill. If that VA claim is denied, the new law permits a lawsuit even for people who previously had a similar lawsuit dismissed. The new law creates unique rules making it easier for claimants to prove that the contaminated water caused their diseases, and preventing the government from claiming that too much time has passed or that it is immune from lawsuits.
Lieff Cabraser has proudly represented service members and their families for many years, including those who have suffered permanent hearing loss due to the use of defective 3M Combat Arms ear plugs, as well as service members infected with fungal meningitis as a result of contaminated epidural steroids.
If you were at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC between 1953 and 1987 and you believe you have been injured by exposure to toxic water, we urge you to contact a lawyer at Lieff Cabraser today about your case and potential recovery. Your claim must be filed by within two years of the date President Biden signed the Camp LeJeune bill into law, so the sooner you contact us the sooner we can help you seek justice.
With over 120 lawyers in offices across the United States and Europe, Lieff Cabraser has been a leader in environmental exposure injury cases for 50 years, including representing hundreds of thousands of Americans harmed by poisoned water, coal ash, and other industrial contaminants, radiation exposure, food and drug contaminants, and toxic spills and other environmental catastrophes. Our work on behalf of injured clients has led to settlements and judgments of over $75 billion in environmental contamination and mass tort injury cases.
There is no charge or obligation for our review of your Camp Lejeune water contamination injury claim, and all information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence.