Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claim for Leukemia
Military service members, relatives, and civilian workers exposed to the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune are at risk of developing a myriad of life-threatening illnesses, including leukemia. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with leukemia and previously worked or were stationed at the Camp Lejeune military base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, you may have grounds to file a claim for compensatory damages.
Connection Between Exposure to the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Supply and Leukemia
The toxic chemicals identified in the Camp Lejeune water supply are categorized as “volatile organic compounds.” These compounds are routinely found in harsh cleaning solutions and solvents. The dangerous chemical compounds found in the Camp Lejeune water supply include the following:
- PCE (perchloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene)
- TCE (trichloroethylene)
- Vinyl chloride
The fact that the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune has the propensity to cause leukemia is not surprising. In fact, multiple studies have identified a link between TCE and a higher risk of developing leukemia. For example, studies revealed that children exposed in-utero to TCE-contaminated water have an increased incidence of developing lymphocytic leukemias.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) publicly confirmed that these toxic chemicals can cause leukemia, along with a host of other life-threatening conditions, in humans. In particular, benzene has been shown to heighten the risk of leukemia, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
If you are struggling with leukemia or lost a loved one from leukemia, and previously worked or were stationed at the Camp Lejeune military base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, there is a new federal law that allows you to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses. Keep reading to learn more.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 Provides Pathway to Seek Financial Restitution
Individuals who served at Camp Lejeune (both military service members and civilian employees), along with their loved ones, who subsequently developed leukemia or other illnesses may be eligible to file a claim for compensation through The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CLJA). This landmark legislation was signed into law as part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act, also known as the PACT Act. If you, or a loved one, meet the requirements set forth in the CLJA, you can file a claim seeking compensatory damages associated with your exposure to the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune and subsequent leukemia diagnosis.
Leukemia Deemed a Presumptive Condition for CLJA Claims
In 2012, Congress directed the Veterans Administration (VA) to establish a committee of leading medical and scientific experts (the “VA Committee”) to analyze the available evidence and provide guidance on what diseases could be associated with exposure to the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune. The VA Committee conducted a comprehensive analysis of available data and issued a list of eight diseases that are “presumptively connected” to exposure to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Leukemia is one of those eight presumptive diseases.
The term “presumptive condition” basically means that the federal government will presumptively assume that your illness was caused by exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and would likely make you eligible for compensation through a CLJA claim (assuming you meet the other statutory requirements for eligibility).
Compensatory Damages for Camp Lejeune Leukemia Victims
If you move forward with filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim, there are specific types of harms and losses deemed compensable under the CLJA, including:
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earnings due to disability
- Medical expenses (including future treatment)
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
To help substantiate your claim, you should consider compiling the following records and materials:
- Camp Lejeune employment records
- Camp Lejeune residency records
- Medical records and bills
- Military service connection records
Statutory Filing Deadline for Camp Lejeune Leukemia Cases
If you are ready to take action and file a Camp Lejeune toxic water leukemia claim, please be advised that time is of the essence. This is because the CLJA set forth a statutory filing deadline of August 2024. This means you need to take legal action by August 2024. If you fail to do so, you will be prohibited from the claims process and unable to pursue compensatory damages. After that, no more claims can ever be filed.
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