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Although we are Illinois attorneys for Illinois legal matters, there are some unique cases in which and Illinois lawyer can handle a case for an injury that occurred in another state. One such time is when suing the US Government. There is an active situation right now that we are helping former marines and there family members with, many of whom live in Illinois or surrounding areas.
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Those serving in the United States Marine Corps and going through combat training likely spent time at Camp Lejeune.
Between 1953 and 1987, the servicemen and women at Camp Lejeune, their family members (including those in utero), and others who worked there were exposed to contaminated water. As many as half a million people may have been exposed over those thirty-four years.
Water testing found that drinking water sources at Camp Lejeune were contaminated. The main chemicals found were benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE, a degreaser), and perchloroethylene (PCE, a dry cleaning solvent), but more than 70 chemicals have been identified as contaminants at Lejeune. These chemicals are known to be carcinogenic or harmful to people.
Water contamination at Camp Lejeune has been linked to cancer and other serious health issues including:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
- Parkinson’s disease
- Other health conditions
People at Camp Lejeune who have suffered from cancer or another serious health condition have filed claims for disability only to be denied by the Veterans Administration. However, there is hope that a bipartisan bill called The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 will be passed. This Act will allow those who worked, lived, or were exposed in-utero to the contaminated water to file a claim in U.S. federal court. Those harmed by the water contamination may finally receive the compensation they deserve.
We are monitoring the status of this proposed Act and can speak with you in greater detail about what your rights are and what the best course of action will be if and when the Act passes. There are lawyers we work with that already have cases up and running and know how to secure maximum compensation for these cases. And of course there is no fee unless they are successful and you will only pay a fee if they make a recovery for you.
If you were exposed at Camp Lejeune and have any of the above issues, we would love to speak with you. Contact us any time. We can not promise you a result, but do guarantee to treat you like a family member or friend and connect you with an attorney who gives you the best chance of success.