Contaminants in the water wells at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune contained dangerous chemicals for decades, including trichloroethylene, benzene, perchloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and other harmful compounds that resulted in numerous Marines, civilian workers, residents, and naval personnel developing cancers and other illnesses.
While the wells on base were shut down in 1985, thousands of active-duty military members and their families suffered toxic water exposure between August 1953 through December 1987. Being exposed to these toxic chemicals found in the water supply on MCB Camp Lejeune can cause:
- Adult leukemia
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Breast cancer
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hepatic steatosis
- Renal toxicity
- Female infertility
- Birth defects
- Cervical cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer
- Brain cancer
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Fear of being injured
Camp Lejeune veterans and their families now have options for pursuing financial compensation for any water contamination-related illnesses.
We Can Help You Seek VA Disability Benefits in Pasco County
Military veterans can apply for VA disability benefits if they have a presumptive condition (VA presumes that certain disabilities were caused by military service) and served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days (does not have to be 30 consecutive days) between August 1953 through December 1987.
The VA disability rates for 2022 vary on the disability rating you receive and your number of dependents. A single veteran with a 10% disability rating may be awarded $150 per month whereas a veteran with a 100% disability rating and four dependents may be awarded $4,000 per month.
Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you file all necessary paperwork for VA benefits as we are familiar with the process and want to see to it that you are fairly compensated for your suffering.
What About Compensation for Past and Future Medical Care?
Veterans and family members who suffered exposure from contaminated water (even in utero) can seek financial compensation for past and future medical care for all illnesses suffered from the toxic water at MCB Camp Lejeune. Medical compensation may include:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor bills
- Laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging
- Follow-up care
- Prescription medications
- Medical equipment
- Long-term care costs
- In-home services costs
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 – President Biden Signed into Legislation August 10, 2022
Now that President Biden has signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (S.3373) into law, it will be easier for MCB Camp Lejeune water contamination victims to seek justice, including veterans who were previously denied any compensation. even those VA previously denied compensation. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows those exposed to the harms at MCB Camp Lejeune to file lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Even if you reside in New Port Richey, Dade City, Hudson, Holiday, Trinity, Tarpon Springs, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Zephyrhills, Land O’Lakes, or elsewhere in Pasco County, our firm can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Lost income (including future lost income)
- Health and disability benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for the wrongful death of a deceased loved one
Victims of the water contamination on MCB Camp Lejeune will have two years from 8/10/2022 or 180 days after receiving a rejection from a first-time Camp Lejeune claim to file a lawsuit for damages under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.
What Documents Do I Need to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Military records that show you served at MCB Camp Lejeune. You must have proof that you served 30 cumulative days at MCB Camp Lejeune between August 1953 through December 1987 while on active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard.
You must have received an honorable discharge.
Proof of your medical condition. You must be able to provide medical documentation that shows you were diagnosed with a condition as a result of the contaminated water exposure at MCB Camp Lejeune.
Family members who lived at MCB Camp Lejeune during the specified period may also pursue a claim for compensation. Family members will need proof of residency and illness, as well as documentation that shows their dependent relationship to a service member – a marriage license, birth certificate, or adoption papers are sufficient.
We Can We Help with Your Camp Lejeune Claim in Pasco County
Our Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you explore all your options for obtaining financial compensation. We can even help you if the VA has denied your original disability claim.
We can assist with:
- Filing applications for disability or health care coverage
- Appealing any denials
- Calculating your rightful water contamination monetary award
- Representing you during any legal proceedings
- Wrongful death claims
We can help you and your family file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or disability claim. There are no up-front fees and a consultation with us is always free. Call us now 727-847-2299 in Pasco County at or contact us online 24/7.