Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney Serving Florida
Representation for Those Harmed in the MCB Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Families and employees living and working on military installation Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, were exposed to carcinogenic contaminated water from 1953 to 1987. Several years after the first victims were exposed to these dangerous chemicals, it was discovered that the water on base was linked to chronic and fatal illnesses.
The water was contaminated with several known carcinogens, including:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
- Trans-dichloroethylene 1&2 (DCE)
It’s estimated as many as 1 million military personnel, base employees, and their families who lived and worked on the base were exposed to the toxic effects of the water on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The contaminated water poisoned the residents and employees of the base community for more than 30 years. The traumatic illnesses suffered by those exposed during the contamination period continue to ripple through their lives and the lives of their families. Grave illnesses have been linked to exposure to the water on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
The toxic water on the base has been linked to cancer, chronic illnesses, and grave medical conditions such as:
- Cardiac effects
- Hepatic Steatosis
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Multiple Myeloma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Renal Toxicity
- Neurobehavioral Effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Miscarriage, Cervical Cancer, Female Infertility & Birth Defects
- Bladder, Esophageal, Breast, Ovarian, Kidney, Liver, & Lung Cancer
While the government initially refused to acknowledge the contamination and associated effects, Congress was eventually moved to act on behalf of the victims. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed by the US Senate but awaits final passage. Lawmakers are hopeful this legislation will finally provide fair compensation to those harmed by the toxic chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water supply. At The Watson Firm, PLLC, we are committed to helping clients fight for compensation once the law is finalized. The volatile organic compounds in the water on Camp Lejeune posed terrible harm to the community. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is expected to pass and bring compensation to those who have suffered and lost loved ones due to these dangerous contaminates.
If you lived or worked on the base between 1953 and 1987, call (850) 607-2929 to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers. We can begin reviewing your case immediately!
Qualifications & The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
First detected in 1982, water contaminated with volatile organic compounds was found on Camp Lejeune and traced to drinking water. The affected water was traced to two treatment facilities on the base.
Two housing areas on Camp Lejeune were exposed to harmful chemicals between 1953 to 1985, communities within those areas included:
- Berkeley Manor
- Hadnot Point
- Hospital Point
- Knox Trailer Park (Frenchman's Point)
- Midway Park
- Paradise Point
- Tarawa Terrace
- Watkins Village
Once the government discovered and accepted the presence of these hazardous chemicals, the VA created a disability claims conduit to simplify access to medical care for victims meeting the qualifications for assistance. If a servicemember was exposed to the toxic water on the base and diagnosed with a related condition, the system no longer requires proof of connection to receive VA claim support.
However, servicemembers do have to meet the following criteria:
- Have served in the military in some capacity (Veteran, Reservist, or Guardsman)
- Served on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or worked as a civilian between 19533 and 1987
- The member was not dishonorably discharged
While VA disability benefits provide access to critical medical coverage, it is in no way an adequate substitute for the compensation victims deserve. The passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act has created a means by which the US government can provide compensation for the harm done to military servicemembers and their families. Victims would be able to seek compensation through legal action. The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Notification Database was created to provide those affected with updates and help identify those who could be exposed but are unaware of the contamination.
Why Choose Our Law Firm
At The Watson Firm, PLLC, we provide access to the legal representation needed to seek justice and fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Our Camp Lejeune water contamination attorneys can ensure your voice is heard. You shouldn’t be forced to suffer in silence because of the negligence of others.
Clients can trust our team of attorneys with their cases because:
- You pay nothing unless we win for you
- There are no hidden fees
- We are your advocates
- Our team is here to answer your questions and address any concerns
- We have a proven track record of success
- Our team has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements
At The Watson Firm, PLLC, we won’t rest until we help you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve. Servicemembers and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune employees who lived or worked on the installation between 1953 and 1987 should call (850) 607-2929 to schedule a consultation.