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Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Attorney

We stand up for Marines and their families

Our nation owes those who served in the armed services honor and respect. But unfortunately, we haven’t always followed through on our obligations. For decades, that was the case for Marines and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, who drank and bathed in contaminated water that caused serious and even deadly diseases.

Members of the military who served at Camp Lejeune have legal rights, and an experienced attorney can help you pursue recourse. Dean Waite & Associates is honored to serve those who have served.

Who qualifies for disability benefits from Camp Lejeune?

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released guidance for Marines who served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River. Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987 are eligible for disability benefits if they were diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

In addition, both veterans and their families who lived at one of those locations for at least 30 days can get health care benefits for specific medical conditions. Those benefits cover the above-listed diseases, as well as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

Getting these benefits from the government isn’t an easy process, however. For instance, you need to prove that you resided at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days and that you paid health care expenses for a covered medical condition. That’s why you need the right attorney on your side to thoroughly investigate and document your illness and get the full amount of benefits you deserve.

Understanding the safety risk at Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune veterans and their families, as well as civilian staff and contractors, were exposed to contaminated water for decades. Specifically, the water at Camp Lejeune contained:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • Benzene
  • Vinyl chloride

While the military shut down the most contaminated wells in the mid-to-late 1980s, the hazard may not have been completely addressed. Indeed, toxins may remain in the water at Camp Lejeune even today.

An attorney can fight for justice if you were exposed to contaminated water

People who were exposed to toxins at Camp Lejeune have access to compensation. In addition to VA benefits, you may have other avenues of compensation depending on the situation. However, you need an experienced attorney to gather the necessary evidence to support your claim and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve by law.

We are proud to stand up for veterans and their families who sacrificed so much to serve our country. Schedule your free consultation with an injury attorney at Dean Waite & Associates today. We’d be honored to have a free, confidential conversation about your rights and options.