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Why It Is Important To Hire A Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney

Learn Why It Is Crucial To Hire An Experienced Attorney If You Are Pursuing A Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case, Especially If The VA Is Denying Your Claim

Why It Is Important To Hire A Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney

WASHINGTON D.C., VIRGINIA (October 23, 2022)  – It has been several months since President Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act which is aimed to help people harmed by the contaminated water at the marine base.

It has been estimated that more than 1,000,000 people were exposed to the contaminated water the North Carolina marine corps base. From 1953 and 1987 industrial chemical seeped into the water containment systems at the base.

These chemicals came from improperly disposed of pollutants and also run-off from a dry cleaner. Thousands of people at the base were becoming seriously ill or dying.

Much of this was happening before the military even realized that the water at the base was contaminated. Veterans, their families and workers were drinking the water and taking baths in it every day for many decades.

It was not until 1982 that the Marine Corps learned the the drinking water had volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you lived, worked or stayed at Camp Lejeune for at least one month from  August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, you may be able to file a claim for damages.

There are a number of presumptive conditions that have been linked to long term exposure to the chemicals at Camp Lejeune.

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

Many people think that they will automatically receive benefits by filing a claim with the VA if they stayed at Camp Lejeune and became ill. But this is unfortunately not the case.

There have been many people with novel illnesses who have been denied benefits by the VA. Jane Shepard is one of those people.

She developed  Dercums disease after being exposed to benzine, vinyl chloride and other VOCs while staying at Camp Lejeune. The VA has not recognized Dercums disease as one of the presumptive diseases that it covers.

This is why it is so important to hire an experienced attorney if you became ill after staying at Camp Lejeune. An attorney can pursue a claim and help maximize your benefits even if the VA does not recognize your illness as a presumptive condition.

If you worked or stayed at Camp Lejeune, our team of experienced Camp Lejeune attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. are here to help in any way that we can. We are representing nearly 200 plaintiffs who were injured by the contaminated water at the marine base. We can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued. Our attorneys work entirely off of a contingency fee basis and only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.

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