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If you or someone you love were diagnosed with cancer or another chronic health condition after being exposed to contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marines Corps base, you may be entitled to compensation.
Thanks to recently passed legislation, victims of Camp Lejeune toxic exposure now have an opportunity to pursue justice and a financial recovery of their damages. You may have a valid claim if you were exposed to Camp Lejeune drinking water between 1953 and 1987.
Our award-winning trial lawyers at Houssiere Durant & Houssiere are reviewing potential Camp Lejeune claims nationwide. We can discuss your eligibility and how we can help during a FREE consultation.
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- Experience. HDH has fought for injured victims and families since 1981, handling some of the nations’ most complex and consequential claims.
- Results. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for clients, with a record that includes numerous multi-million verdicts and settlements.
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Houssiere Durant & Houssiere is a Houston-based trial practice with a national reach. For over 40 years, we’ve been trusted by clients and colleagues across the country to take on the most complex cases, and have helped victims prevail in a range of personal injury matters.
Now, we’re fighting for veterans, military families, and others who were exposed to dangerous contaminants while living or working at Camp Lejeune.
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Camp Lejeune Justice Act Gives Victims New Chance for Justice
For decades, public health officials have known about the presence of dangerous contaminants present in drinking water supplied by treatment plants located on the Camp Lejeune base. These contaminants, known as VOCs, are known carcinogens that have been linked to cancers and other chronic conditions.
Despite the clear connection between Camp Lejeune water and the development of deadly and life-altering ailments, victims have been unable to prevail in legal actions. That changes with the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, a measure passed in September 2022 that provide new and meaningful opportunities for victims to finally obtain the compensation they deserve.
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act:
- Eligible individuals can now file civil lawsuits and recover damages caused by their exposure to toxic Camp Lejeune water.
- The federal government cannot assert specified immunity from litigation over these claims.
- North Carolina’s statute of repose, which bars plaintiffs from filing civil torts after 10 years, will not apply to these claims.
These provisions are profound victories for veterans, military families, and others who have struggled to secure needed compensation from the government. At Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, we’re prepared to assist victims nationwide with eligibility determinations and the legal work involved in filing a claim.
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:
- Vinyl chloride
- PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene)
- TCE (trichloroethylene)
- Trans-1,2-DCE (t-1,2-dichloroethylene)
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:
- Kidney, bladder, and liver cancer
- Lung and esophageal cancer
- Cervical and breast cancer
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Kidney disease
- Parkinson disease
- Birth defects and miscarriage
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::
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Grief, anguish, and loss of companionship
- Lost financial support
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.
Call to Speak with a Camp Lejeune Lawyer: (800) 914-2894
Houssiere Durant & Houssiere is a nationally recognized trial practice with a passion for helping good people who’ve suffered harm through no fault of their own. If you have questions about a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, we want to help. We’re reviewing cases from potential clients across the country and offer FREE and confidential consultations. Contact us to get started.
- Our scientific background gives us unique insight into medical-related cases, allowing us to oppose the defense effectively.
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