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Exposed to Camp Lejeune Toxic Water? Call (615) 933-2893

Kinnard Law is working with a growing number of victims nationwide who have developed cancer and other conditions after being exposed to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Thanks to new federal legislation, victims who became sick after being exposed to Camp Lejeune water now have a viable path to justice. If you are a veteran, military family member, or someone who lived or worked near Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and were diagnosed with cancer or another chronic health condition, you may be entitled to compensation. 

Kinnard Law is a Nashville-based trial practice led by Attorney Randall L. Kinnard, a decorated military veteran, dual-board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and Medical Malpractice Lawyer, and one of the nation’s most respected plaintiffs’ trial lawyers. Under Mr. Kinnard’s leadership, we’ve won record-setting verdicts and settlements and millions of dollars in compensation for clients. If you have questions about a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, we have what it takes to help. 

Given time deadlines in this litigation, we encourage victims to contact us as soon as possible. Kinnard Law offers FREE consultations and handles cases on contingency, which means there’s no fee unless we win. Call (615) 933-2893 to get started.

Federal Law Gives Camp Lejeune Victims Path to Justice

Veterans and civilians sickened by contaminated Camp Lejeune water have faced decades of difficulties in their fight for justice and compensation. Fortunately, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act eliminated many of those barriers when it was signed into law in August 2022. 

A component of the Honoring Our PACT Act, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act gives victims who became ill after being exposed to contaminated water a path to obtain much-deserved justice. Under the Act: 

  1. Eligible individuals can now file civil lawsuits and recover damages caused by their exposure to toxic Camp Lejeune water.
  2. The federal government cannot assert specified immunity from litigation in response to these lawsuits.
  3. North Carolina’s statute of repose, which precludes the filing of tort claims after 10 years, will not apply to these claims.

The Act is a major victory for the many veterans, contractors, and civilians who were exposed to contaminated Camp Lejeune water and has given rise to a growing number of cases that are being litigated as part of multidistrict litigation (MDL). 

Multidistrict litigation is a special process in which a large number of civil claims involving a single issue or event are consolidated before one federal court. MDLs allow for expedited, efficient handling of complex cases and, unlike class actions, give plaintiffs an opportunity to maintain individual claims and recover compensation commensurate with their damages. 

Claims in Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits

Victims filing Camp Lejeune lawsuits claim they developed cancers and other health conditions because they were exposed to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

These claims are based on decades of accepted research connecting exposure to the contaminants found in Camp Lejeune water to serious health conditions, as well as the Marine Corps’ 1982 discovery of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as:

  • Vinyl chloride
  • Benzene
  • PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene)
  • Trans-1,2-DCE (t-1,2-dichloroethylene)
  • TCE (trichloroethylene)

According to the CDC, several different sources have been identified as being responsible for these contaminants, including industrial spills, leaking underground tanks, and improper waste disposal practices of a dry-cleaning business located near the Camp Lejeune base. 

Exposure to the chemicals released by these activities has been linked to the development of many cancers and health conditions, some of which include:

  • Liver, kidney, and bladder cancer
  • Breast, cervical, lung, and esophageal cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Leukemias
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Kidney disease
  • Parkinson disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Birth defects, fetal death, and miscarriage

Am I Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

You may have a potential claim if you or a loved one were:

  1. A servicemember, contractor, military family member, or someone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987;
  2. Exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days (including in utero and non-consecutive exposure); and 
  3. Diagnosed with cancer or another chronic health condition. 

How Much Compensation Can I Recover in a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Camp Lejeune lawsuits give plaintiffs an opportunity to recover damages resulting from their exposure and subsequent injuries. This includes compensation that is not available through the VA system or workers’ compensation. 

Examples of damages you may be entitled to include:

  • Medical expenses and future medical care
  • Lost income and lost future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Grief, loss of consortium, and other emotional injuries
  • Other economic and non-economic damages

Determining case value is a fact-specific matter, which is why the best way to assess your claim’s potential worth is to have it reviewed personally by one of our attorneys.

In addition to helping you understand your rights, options, and the damages to which you are entitled, our team can also evaluate the impact of any related benefits or disability awards that you have already received from the VA, Medicare / Medicaid, or other federal health care program. That’s because damages awarded in claims brought under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act are subject to offsets if such compensation has already been received. 

Request Your FREE Consultation Today: (615) 933-2893

Camp Lejeune lawsuits are subject to time deadlines that are quickly approaching. If you have questions about your eligibility to file a claim, our attorneys at Kinnard Law are readily available to help. We are currently reviewing these cases from veterans and civilians across the U.S.

Call (615) 933-2893 or contact us online to request a free review of your case.

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