Camp Lejeune lawsuits claim that victims exposed to contaminated drinking water developed cancers and other serious health conditions. These claims are based on long-standing evidence, including Marine Corps findings dating back to 1982, that on-base water treatment plants were contaminated with volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that include:
According to the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), these contaminants came from several sources, including leaking underground storage tanks, industrial spills, and a nearby dry cleaning business that improperly disposed of chemical waste.
What Types of Cancers or Conditions Does Camp Lejeune Water Cause?
Studies have linked exposure to the VOCs found in Camp Lejeune water to cancers and health conditions such as:
Am I Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
You may have a case if you or someone you love were:
- A servicemember, military family member, contractor, or civilian who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987;
- Exposed to Camp Lejeune water for at least 30 days (including non-consecutive and in-utero exposure); and
- Diagnosed with cancer or another chronic health condition.
What is Multi-District Litigation?
Because as many as 1 million victims may not be eligible to file civil suits over toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune, they will likely become part of a multi-district litigation (MDL), a special process in which many claims involving a specific issue or event are consolidated in a single court.
MDLs are used to streamline pre-trail proceedings and the processing of claims. They are also distinctly different from class actions, as they allow plaintiffs to maintain their individual claims and pursue financial recoveries commensurate with their damages.
How Much Will Camp Lejeune Settlements be Worth?
Every case is unique, and victims’ financial recoveries will depend on their specific circumstances, including the nature of their losses, their medical treatment and prognosis, and whether their conditions have impacted their ability to work and earn wages.
Whether resolved through verdict or settlement, plaintiffs in personal injury cases are eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages caused by their injuries. This includes damages that are not available through the VA, disability, or workers’ compensation system.
Recoverable damages for Camp Lejeune victims may include:
Do I Need a Lawyer?
There’s no legal requirement to have a lawyer when bringing a civil claim, but there are many advantages. And because this may be the only opportunity for Camp Lejeune victims to obtain long-overdue justice, filing a complete and accurate claim is crucial.
At Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, our practice is focused exclusively on representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases because they are difficult and highly technical legal processes. As qualified professionals with decades of experience, we know how to handle challenging cases and position clients for the best outcomes possible. We also work personally with our clients, providing insight and updates about the progress of their claims and answering their questions every step of the way.
By working with our team, you not only gain the support of advocates who are fighting for your cause, you benefit from the resources and firepower needed to maximize compensation.
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