If you were stationed or employed at Camp Lejeune between August 1st, 1953 and December 31st 1987, chances are you were exposed to significant amount of pollution through the facility’s water supply. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that were present in the camp’s water supply have been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and other serious illnesses. The United States Government has acknowledged its liability in the contamination and the Obama administration has guaranteed over $2 billion in disability benefits to exposed veterans over the next five years. If you feel you may be entitled to some of these benefits, you need to contact the Manhattan offices of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP. Call (212) 986- 7353 for a free case evaluation.
More than 70 chemicals have been identified as contaminants in the camp’s water supply, including the VOCs trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser; perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning solvent; benzene; and vinyl chloride. To make matters worse, these chemicals appeared in concentrations between 240 to 3400 times the levels permitted by safety standards.
Diseases linked to the chemicals found in the camp’s water supply include the following:
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Adult leukemia
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (they do not need to be consecutive days) between August 1st, 1953 and December 31st 1987 you may be eligible for Veteran’s Administration disability benefits if you’ve suffered from any of the above mentioned illnesses. But it doesn’t end there. In 2012 President Obama signed the Janey Ensminger Act into law. This law, named after the daughter of a serviceman stationed at the camp who died from cancer at age nine, authorizes medical care to military personnel and their family members who resided at Camp Lejeune between the dates above and developed conditions linked to the water contamination. This law could apply to up to 750,000 people and extends the list of related ailments to include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, breast cancer, renal toxicity, hepatic steatosis, female infertility, miscarriage, scleroderma; and neurobehavioral effects.
If you or a family member were stationed or employed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you need to take action to get the compensation you deserve. Your first step should be consulting an experienced NY personal injury attorney for guidance. The legal team at New York City’s Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has been successfully representing injury victims for over 50 years and will put their experience behind your claim. Call (212) 986- 7353 today for a free consultation.
- Definition of Service at Camp Lejeune
- Former Lejeune Marine Base Residents to Receive Government Benefits for Toxic Water Mishap
- What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?
- Janey Ensminger Act of 2016
- Waterborne Disease & Outbreak Surveillance Reporting
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Risk Management for Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Multiple Myeloma