Will the Camp LeJeune Claim Affect My VA Benefits?

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Millions of Americans and the thousands of families impacted by the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis have followed the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit, one of the most well-known legal cases in the country. If they served, worked, or resided at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, they may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. This includes US service members, veterans, their families, non-military employees, and others.

Serious health problems could have arisen as a result of this exposure. However, many veterans, active duty service members, family members, and non-military employees at Camp Lejeune have had their claims for benefits rejected by the Veterans Administration and other pertinent organizations in the years since the disaster.

Important Details on the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

The Camp Lejeune water crisis left many people feeling like there was no hope. Thankfully, the water crisis is being addressed again by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 and the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022. These actions demonstrate how service members, veterans, families, and other workers may be entitled to compensation for the health problems they experienced as a result of being exposed to tainted drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

Perhaps most crucially, veterans who file claims describing how the crisis affected them will not have their present benefits compromised by the ongoing litigation in the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit.

The Effects of the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis Across Society

Nobody who was impacted by the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis should be afraid to speak up and ask for compensation for that serious injustice. More than 70 chemicals and poisons were discovered in the water treatment facilities serving Camp Lejeune at Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point, making the water hazardous to drink. Among these harmful substances are:

  • Benzene
  • Degreaser
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Cleaning solvent
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE)

Some of the health problems that the approximately one million Americans exposed to drinking water are now facing include:

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

Individuals who are interested in filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit may be eligible for the recovery of damages if they:

  • Were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1952, and December 31, 1987.
  • Suffered cancer or other health issues that they can verify as being caused by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Camp Lejeune attorneys can assist with securing a settlement

Without assistance and support, no one should have to endure the injustice of the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis. In addition, regardless of the outcome of the lawsuit, filing a claim for damages as a victim of Camp Lejeune’s tainted drinking water will have no impact on VA benefits. Please contact Magazine & Light Law Group if the Camp Lejeune Water Crisis has impacted you or a member of your family.

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James (Jim) Magazine is a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer who has spent his career helping injured victims. Jim is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1990 and is also admitted to practice at the Appellate level and admitted to the United States Supreme Court.