Camp Lejeune Water Contamination History
For decades the military allowed carcinogens and other pollutants to reach the groundwater at Camp Lejeune. That groundwater was used on base for drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing clothes. Potentially thousands of veterans and their family members used that contaminated water daily. At this point, there is no clear idea how many veterans have become ill from their exposure to contaminated groundwater at Camp Lejeune. The government found out about the contaminated water in the early 1980’s, but continued to give troops bad water until 1985.
The dangerous chemicals that were in the drinking water are:
- Benzene: a fuel component
- Perchloroethylene (PCE): a dry cleaning solvent
- Trichloroethylene (TCE): a metal greasing solvent
- Vinyl chloride: which can form when TCE and PCE are broken down
New Laws Regarding Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims
It has taken the Veterans Administration a long time to recognize illnesses from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. For decades, the VA denied Camp Lejeune water contamination claims and sick veterans were left with nothing. The laws have changed and now many perviously denied veterans are eligible.
The laws on Camp Lejeune water contamination claims changed because veterans groups, lawyers, and advocates lobbied Congress and the VA for a very long time. Veterans were not quiet about their mistreatment and finally the VA listened. Unfortunately, many veterans died from Camp Lejeune contaminated water over the last few decades, while Congress and the VA took no action.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Presumptive List
Veterans with the below illnesses who served at Camp Lejeune are eligible for VA disability benefits. You may have other mental and physical conditions that are also considered service-connected – apply for those at the same time. When applying, don’t forget to also put down your secondary service-connected conditions. Those are medical conditions that stem from your initial service-connected conditions.
Here is the presumptive illness list for Camp Lejeune water contamination claims:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and
- Parkinson’s disease
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Eligibility
Veterans who drank the contaminated water from 1957 and 1987 should consider filing Camp Lejeune water contamination claims. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and have an illness you suspect to be from contaminated drinking water, you should file a Camp Lejeune veterans benefits claim as well.
Veterans must meet other eligibility requirements for obtaining the new Camp Lejeune veterans benefits available. If you have questions about your eligibility, don’t hesitate to call Woods & Woods. For free, we will help you determine whether or not you are eligible for Camp Lejeune veterans benefits.
To successfully file Camp Lejeune water contamination claims, you must meet these eligibility requirements:
- Be an active duty, reserve or National Guard member who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Have served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days (cumulative), between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
- Have a current disease on the list of presumptive conditions related to Camp Lejeune.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Payments
Monthly Payments: Veterans with successful Camp Lejeune water contamination claims can receive over $2,900 a month from the Veterans Administration. Your service-connected conditions are going to be given a VA disability rating from 0-100% in increments of 10%. Veterans who receive an 100 percent VA disability rating will receive the maximum amount of benefits available.
Special Compensation: Veterans with successful Camp Lejeune water contamination claims may also be eligible for monthly compensation for dependent children and parents.
VA Unemployability: Veterans who are eligible for VA disability benefits that have employment issues because of their service-connected disabilities may be eligible for Individual Unemployability benefits. These benefits do not require veterans to receive a 100% rating but pay the same as a 100% rating.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Evidence Requirements
- Records that show you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days (cumulative), between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, in an active duty, reserve, or National Guard capacity.
- The medical evidence must show you have a current disease on the list of presumptive conditions related to Camp Lejeune.
Previous Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Denials
If your previous Camp Lejeune water contamination claims were denied a long time ago, it may have been based on old law. You should consider filing a new application because of the changes in law.
If your Camp Lejeune water contamination claims were recently denied, you may be able to go right into the VA disability benefits appeal process. Veterans who were denied in the last twelve months should consider filing an appeal. Do not let a VA disability denial discourage you from getting the benefits you deserve.
Other Potential Claims For Camp Lejeune Veterans
If you served at Camp Lejeune, but do not have one of the presumptive illnesses, there are are other routes to getting VA disability benefits. Below is a list of the most common impairments and claim types we see at our law firm.
- Agent Orange Claims
- Appeal Claims
- Bipolar Disorder Veterans Benefits
- Cancer Veterans Benefits
- Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) Claims
- Compensation Claims
- Contaminated Groundwater Claims
- Depression Veterans Benefits
- Diabetes Veterans Benefits
- DIC Claims
- Fibromyalgia Claims
- Heart Disease Claims
- Individual Unemployability
- Mesothelioma Veterans Benefits
- PTSD Veterans Benefits
- Ratings Increase Claim
- Schizophrenia Claims
- Sleep Apnea Benefits
- Sleep Disorder Claims
- Total Disability Individual Unemployability
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Veterans Disability Benefits
- Widow Claims
Filing a New Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim Application
If you need help with your VA disability benefits, you can always talk to our Camp Lejeune water contamination claims lawyers for free. There is never a charge to call and ask questions. There is never an obligation to hire us – we offer free Camp Lejeune claim evaluations to anyone. Give us a call and learn about your rights as a veteran!
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