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Compensation Now Available for Victims at Camp Lejeune

By DiBella Law Offices on September 5, 2022

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Between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, over one million people who lived, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to toxic chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other diseases.

Recent legislation passed by Congress and signed on August 8, 2022 allows victims and their families to seek legal damages for death and injuries resulting from the contaminated groundwater.

If you feel that you or a loved one may have been harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune, it’s important to file an administrative claim as soon as possible. Contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at (978) 327-5140 to learn more today.

Substantial Settlements Are Expected

The law known as the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins (PACT) Act waves government immunity that typically applies to injuries and damages sustained by military members on active duty.

Now veterans, family members, civilian workers, contractors, and everyone else who lived or worked at the base are eligible to file claims to recover damages.

The amount of money available to compensate victims will be substantial. Individual settlement amounts will vary for each case based upon the specific injuries suffered, conditions diagnosed, and how much time the plaintiff spent on the base.

Settlements may include the following types of damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional damages
  • Wrongful death

Over Thirty-Four Years of Exposure

For over 34 years, servicemembers and their families were exposed to over 70 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) caused by leaks from underground storage tanks, waste disposal sites, and local businesses.

According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study conducted in 2013, mothers who drank tap water at the base while pregnant were four times more likely to have children with birth defects such as spina bifida, hematopoietic cancers, and neural tube defects.

According to NBC News, a 2014 study comparing 150,000 marines who served at Camp Lejeune with 150,000 marines who served at Camp Pendleton between 1975 and 1985 found the Camp Lejeune veterans were:

  • 35 percent more like to suffer from kidney cancer
  • 42 percent more likely to suffer from liver cancer
  • 47 percent more likely to suffer from Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • 68 percent more likely to suffer from multiple myeloma

Harmful Conditions Linked to Camp Lejeune

The list of harmful catastrophic medical conditions that may be linked to the chemicals found in the groundwater at Camp Lejeune include:

  • ALS
  • Adult leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Renal toxicity
  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriages
  • Leukemia
  • Neural tube defects

Was Someone You Love Harmed by the Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune?

Our team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. has won thousands of cases for our clients. If you or a loved one was harmed or killed due to the horrible lack of government oversight at Camp Lejeune, we will fight to get you justice.

Call (978) 327-5140 today to learn more. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we help people put their lives back together.

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