When filing personal injury claims, certain things often need to be met for the claim to be successful. There are two key factors that may play an important role in helping to determine if you may be able to file a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water claim. Let’s look at some of the factors surrounding whether you may be able to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
Table of Contents
- Camp Lejeune Justice Act
- Key Factors for the Camp Lejuene Lawsuit
- Proof of Residence
- Medical Diagnosis
- VA Presumed Conditions
- Other Conditions
Camp Lejeune Justice Act
Camp Lejeune’s water was contaminated for several decades with volatile organic compounds and other toxic chemicals. These chemicals included Benzene, vinyl chloride, dry cleaning solvents, metal cleaning solvents, lead, and other harmful substances. These poisonous materials were in the groundwater and two of the water sources on the base. This water was used by schools, daycares, barracks, housing, the hospital, and more on the base for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, and bathing. Over time, individuals that were exposed to the contaminated water supply started to develop cancers and other medical conditions. It’s taken a long time for some victims of the Camp Lejeune toxic water to get justice, but thanks to the recently passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act, these individuals now have a chance to get what they deserve.
Key Factors for the Camp Lejuene Lawsuit
There are two key factors that can help determine if you may be able to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim. They include having proof that you were employed or resided at Camp Lejeune during a certain period and having a medical diagnosis that is believed to have been caused by the contaminated water.
Proof of Residency at Camp Lejeune
One important factor is the proof of residency or employment. To have the best chance at successfully filing and winning a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim, you must have been located at the site for at least 30 days between August 1st, 1953, and December 31st, 1987. Proof of residency is required for anyone on the base. It wasn’t only Marines that were impacted by the chemically laced toxic water. Family members, civilian contractors, and employees are also able to show that they were at the base for over 30 days. Military records and employment records are beneficial to have for this step.
A second important factor in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim is your medical history. Different elements that correspond to this factor include the severity of your diagnosed condition, any pre-existing conditions you had, and all of your medical records that document your illness or illnesses. It can also be helpful in determining the information for your claim to have records of how much work you missed and other damages that you had to deal with due to your exposure, such as medical bills.
VA Presumed Conditions
There are several medical conditions the VA is allowing as presumed conditions for Camp Lejeune cases. These include:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Bladder Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Kidney Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Aplastic anemia
While those conditions are under the VA presumed conditions, there are more medical conditions that are being linked to the chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water. Some of the additional medical issues connected to the contaminated water include:
- Breast Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Birth Defects
- Fetal Death
- Female Infertility
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Atypical Neurobehaviors
If you or a loved one were at Camp Lejeune between 1953-1987 and have been diagnosed with a severe medical condition, call us today for a free case evaluation.
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