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Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claims

When Will I Be Able to File a Water Contamination Claim?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, introduced by Sen. Matt Cartwright (D-PA.), also known as H.R.2192,  passed a vote in the House of Representatives in March 2022 under a larger bill known as the Honor Our Pact Act. In June 2022, the bill was passed by the Senate. Lawmakers believe the bill will go to the desk of President Biden for signature. His signature turns that bill into law and people who lived and/or worked at Camp Lejeune can finally receive the compensation they are due. 

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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered the drinking water in a majority of base housing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, was contaminated. The compounds found in the water supply have since been linked with several illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease, cardiac defects, and several types of cancer. People at risk for developing these illnesses include Marines, Sailors, and their families, along with civilian (GS) employees who served at Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days in the years between August 1953 to December 1987. To help people affected by the contamination, a bill has been drafted known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. If passed, the bill enables prior residents, employees, and their families to receive financial compensation. 

Who’s At Risk?

To participate in the lawsuit, you must meet one of the following conditions:

You must have served and been living on base a minimum of 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987.

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You are the surviving family member of a veteran who met the minimum requirements.

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You are a family member who lived with someone stationed at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between 1953 and 1987. 

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Your mother was pregnant with you while living at Camp Lejeune for 30 days from 1953 to 1987.

For more than six decades, Rutter Mills has been working with firms across the country on cases like this. We’re fighting back against companies like Round-Up, Zantac, and 3M to get justice for the families impacted by their negligence. We secured millions in settlements for our clients. Find out what we can do for you. You don’t have to go it alone.

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    Types of Water Contamination Found at Camp Lejeune

    A water quality study done in 1982 showed high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC), and benzene were found in the drinking water sources supplying much of base housing. In addition, the water samples contained heavy metals, mercury, and pesticides. The contamination came from several sources, including an off-base dry cleaner and local farms.

    What are the Effects of Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune?

    The VOCs, heavy metals and other cancer-causing toxins found at Camp Lejeune have been linked directly to a number of diseases and illnesses. The following is a list of potential illnesses or occurrences that may be caused by these toxins. Not every illness has been studied fully, so if you lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 – 1987 and you have an illness you think may be related to the contaminated water, call our team to see if you may be entitled to the benefits under the Justice Act of 2022.

    Illnesses Related to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination:

    Kidney Cancer * Leukemia * Breast Cancer * Lung Cancer
    Female Infertility * Renal Toxicity * Bladder Cancer  * Miscarriages
    Scleroderma * Hepatic Steatosis * Prostate Cancer * Pancreatic Cancer
    Neurobehavioral Issues * Brain Cancer * Esophageal Cancer * Rectal Cancer

    How will Rutter Mills Help with Your Water Treatment Claim?

    Virginia has one of the highest populations of people potentially impacted by this Act, so you may have seen ads on TV and online for national law firms offering to help file your Camp Lejeune Injustice Act claim. For those firms, it’s a numbers game. For Rutter Mills, it’s personal.

    At Rutter Mills, our clients aren’t just a name and case number in some far-off state; these are our friends and neighbors – our community. Because we live and work here, we have a special connection to the people we serve. Our legal experts have been winning cases like this for over 60 years. We’ve gone up against some of the nation’s largest companies on behalf of our clients, securing millions of dollars in damages for people whose lives have been impacted by the carelessness of these organizations.

    We do it because we believe in the cases we take. We do it because we’re good at it. But mostly, we do it because our clients matter.

    If you or your family were stationed at Camp Lejeune during those critical years, call Rutter Mills today. We’ll help you understand how the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 could help you get compensation for the unnecessary risk you face.

    Water Contamination Sources at Camp Lejeune

    Of the eight water treatment plants supplying drinking water to the base, three were found to have levels of VOCs considered dangerously high. Wells supplying the three plants were contaminated by multiple sources on and off base. It took the base officials three years to shut down the wells with the highest levels of VOCs. By 1987, the entire base switched to a clean water source. 

    Am I Going to Get Cancer or Another Disease from Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water?

    Not everyone exposed to the contamination will develop related illnesses. Factors like personal habits regarding daily water intake, overall health, and other biological factors will also impact your risks for these issues. For the people with the most severe effects, this contamination was life-altering. Widespread miscarriages, the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, and fatal cancers have robbed generations of dedicated families of the quality of life they deserved.

    History of Exposure at Camp Lejeune

    The decades this exposure went on were some of the busiest for Camp Lejeune. Lejeune is home to the Weapons Training Battalion and serves as a primary combat and infantry training facility for new Marines. The infantry MOS is one of the most common in this branch of service. The training course to ready new Marines for duty is a two-month program, meaning tens of thousands of young men and women were exposed to these toxic agents.

    Military service requires risk and sacrifice from both the members and their loved ones by its very nature. That risk should not be found in their homes. The exposure was avoidable and unnecessary, and it caused immeasurable harm. No one should have to suffer this way to serve their country.

    You fought for our freedom, let us fight for you. If you or a loved one was stationed at Camp Lejeune, call today to find out how we can help you get the justice you deserve.

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