A military career comes with certain risks and dangers that servicemen and women agree to while expecting the government to protect and take care of them and their families in return. When the government fails these men and women, it shouldn’t be hard to hold them accountable. For service members and their families affected by
Camp Lejeune water contamination, in North Carolina, legislation is in the works to make it possible to seek the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC are ready and willing to take up this fight on your behalf.
From 1953 to 1987, service members and civilians living or working at Camp Lejeune U.S Marine Base in North Carolina were exposed to harmful chemicals contaminating some of the base’s water sources.
Two of the base’s treatment plants—Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point—had at least one toxic contaminant exceeding EPA safety levels from the 1950s through the late 1980s. The primary chemicals found in the water sources include trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride.
Studies over the years have shown varying degrees of causation and correlation between the chemicals found the Camp Lejeune’s water and many different health conditions, including several types of cancer, infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and others.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) estimates that as many as one million people could have been affected by Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water.
Although not everyone exposed to the toxins will develop a health condition or experience effects from it, personnel who lived and/or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 should be conscious of the effects and monitor their health accordingly.
The two treatment plants with contaminated water were the primary water sources for most of Camp Lejeune’s housing. Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant served the mainside barracks and family housing at Hospital Point, Midway Park, Paradise Point, and Berkeley Manor. Tarawa Terrace served Tarawa Terrace family housing and Knox trailer park.
Marine and Naval personnel and their families (including children who were in the womb while the mother was exposed at Camp Lejeune) as well as civilian workers may have come in contact with the contaminated water and could run a higher risk for several significant health conditions.
The toxins found in Camp Lejeune’s water have been linked to a variety of diseases and health effects, with some links stronger than others. ATSDR recognizes sufficient evidence for causation of the following conditions (from exposure to the specific chemicals):
In addition, a variety of health conditions have sufficient evidence to conclude that causation is as likely as it is not. These include:
Still, other diseases and health conditions have been linked with exposure to the contaminants found in Camp Lejeune’s water sources, but the evidence of causation is not definitive.
If you or your loved one is facing one or more of these health complications and lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 was a step in the right direction to provide medical coverage for the men, women, and families affected by the water contamination during the 1950s-1980s. The act mandated that the Department of Veterans Affairs cover the medical costs for service members and their families who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between January 1, 1957, and December 31, 1987, but this compensation comes only after any other insurance has been exhausted. Military members are also able to claim disability for their relevant medical conditions.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act builds on the 2012 gains and will allow affected individuals to bring an action in the United States District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina. Presently, the act has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and has been presented to the U.S. Senate.
Under the new act, people who were affected by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune would be able to file a claim directly against the United States government through the Federal Tort Claims Act. Federal tort claims allow claimants to collect damages for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
The act states that a claim can be filed by any individual or legal representative of an individual who resided, worked, or was otherwise exposed to the contaminated water for a minimum of 30 days (consecutive or nonconsecutive) between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. This includes individuals who were exposed in utero.
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, claimants have two years from the occurrence or discovery date of their condition to file a claim. For claimants who discovered a medical condition before the enactment of the act, a special rule allows them a two-year window from the enactment date in which to file a claim.
Filing a federal tort claim can be a complicated process. The first step is identifying the specific federal organization with which your claim needs to be filed. You will need to provide detailed evidence for your claim, as well as specify how much money you want to recover. The Standard Form 95 is the most common way to file a federal tort claim, as it assures you have gathered and submitted the necessary evidence for your claim.
The burden of proof lies with the claimant, so it is important that you have a trusted and experienced lawyer help you collect the evidence that shows Camp Lejeune’s water contamination is linked with your health condition.
Putting a price on your health or the diseases and conditions you or your loved ones suffer from due to the Camp Lejeune water contamination can be hard. Our experienced attorneys at Regan Zambri Long can help you calculate your maximum compensation.
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