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Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys are working on behalf of victims who were exposed to water contamination at (USMC) Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

If you, or a loved one, lived or worked at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune anytime between 1953-1987, you may have the right to file a claim to demand compensation for health issues related to the harmful chemicals to which you, your children, or family were exposed. You may be entitled to compensation over-and-beyond what VA benefits provide.

What Chemicals and Toxic Substances Contaminated the Water at Camp LeJeune?

Drinking water contaminants, primarily trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE)1, as well as other solvents, were first detected at Camp Lejeune in 1980. The contaminated wells were closed in 1987. It is estimated that between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people may have used the contaminated water and many people continue to have concerns about the long-term effects that might result from that exposure.1

In 2009, the National Research Council released its report “Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing Potential Health Effects” in response to a request from Congress. The guidance states that VA has authority to reimburse family members for medical conditions that are secondary to a covered condition.2

In 2012 Congress passed the “Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.” The law provides health benefits to veterans and family members who have any of 15 health outcomes associated with exposure to TCE, PCE, or solvent mixtures.3

In August 2022, President Biden signed the “Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022” into law, providing a new legal avenue of recovery for veterans and family exposed to contamination at Camp Lejeune.4 This Act provides additional funding to support those injured and sets specific parameters for—and time limits to make—a claim.

What Types of Illnesses Occur From Contaminated Water?

  • Cancers: Esophageal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, rectal cancer, brain/CNS cancers
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Scleroderma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Kidney diseases
  • Renal toxicity
  • Birth defects: congenital heart defects, choanal atresia, fetal death, low birth weight, malformations, neural tube defects, oral cleft defects
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects in adults
  • Neurobehavioral effects specific to prenatal and childhood exposure

Who Can File a Claim?

  • Military veterans who served at Camp Lejeune before 1988
  • Family members who lived on the base before 1988
  • Civilian workers who worked on the base before 1988
  • Relatives or legal representatives on behalf of an exposed person living or deceased

How Can Robins Kaplan Attorneys Help?

If you or a loved one lived or worked at (USMC) Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, from 1953 to 1987, you may be entitled to a claim and additional compensation for your pain and suffering.

  • Our case evaluation is free. There is no cost or obligation for your free case evaluation.
  • You may be entitled to additional disability compensation.
  • You may be entitled to additional healthcare benefits.
  • Filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit will not impact current VA benefits.4

Recover the financial compensation you are entitled to. Contact our attorneys to find out if you qualify for a claim at 1.800.553.9910 or by completing our online contact form above.

Why Choose Robins Kaplan?

Robins Kaplan attorneys understand the significance of each individual's experience in cases involving injury from toxic exposure. Our clients do not walk alone. We guide clients through the ins-and-outs of their case and help them understand the legal landscape as well as each step along the way.

Our on-staff legal nurse consultants are available to answer your questions and listen to your concerns as you determine what to do next.

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1 See https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/18991/review-of-va-clinical-guidance-for-the-health-conditions-identified-by-the-camp-lejeune-legislation  Review of VA Clinical Guidance for the Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation. National Academies Press (US); 2015 Mar 26.
2 See https://nap.nationalacademies.org/catalog/12618/contaminated-water-supplies-at-camp-lejeune-assessing-potential-health-effects Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing Potential Health Effects. National Research Council; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology; Committee on Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune. 2009.
3 See https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/1627 Library of Congress. Public Law No: 112-154.
4 See https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/

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