The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has estimated that more than 1 million service members in the U.S. Marine Corps and other military branches, as well as their family members and civilian staff, have been affected by the toxic water at the Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune. Over time, those exposed to Camp Lejeune water contamination have spread all over the country and are no longer only in North Carolina.

If you are now in Charleston, South Carolina, Columbia, or anywhere else and were stationed at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s through the 1980s, or you are the child of a parent who was stationed there during that time, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the contaminated water exposure on base. The camp LeJeune claim attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. are here to assist victims affected by the toxic water. HawkLaw fights to win!

Why Should You Hire a Charleston Camp Lejeune Claims Attorney at HawkLaw?

The attorneys at the HawkLaw law firm are out to protect your best interests from the beginning of your case to the end. We have years of experience in the legal process and have won significant compensation for personal injury victims in a wide range of practice areas. We are very familiar with Camp Lejeune water contamination cases and the health effects and injuries people have suffered from exposure to the contaminated drinking water there.

We are compassionate and understanding, putting our clients ahead of all other concerns. We will take all the time needed to get to know you and your problems, listen to your story, and build a case for your compensation. We may even be able to point you toward some resources to help you in other ways. We are attorneys who care, and above all else, HawkLaw fights to win.

Do You Qualify for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

All service personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s and late 1980s who lived there for a minimum of 30 days and have one of several specific health conditions are eligible to file a lawsuit. Family members, dependents, and staff of the military base stationed there at the same time and suffering such an ailment may also file. Finally, surviving family members of service personnel who died from one of these ailments are also eligible to file a lawsuit. This includes those who lived in apartments at Tarawa Terrace.

How Long Do You Have to File a Water Contamination Lawsuit in Charleston, SC?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which is part of the Honoring our PACT Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law in August of 2022. The act specifies a statute of limitations of two years. This means you have two years after the federal government passed the act and it became law to file a water contamination lawsuit for Camp Lejeune-related medical conditions.

We understand that for many victims suffering from the serious conditions that came from this contaminated water, two years may not seem like much time. Hiring a HawkLaw personal injury lawyer will ease the burden of seeking compensation. HawkLaw will handle all the details of your case and make sure that everything is filed on time. Call 888-HAWKLAW or complete our online contact form to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at HawkLaw today and find out if you qualify for a free case review.*

What Toxic Substances at Camp Lejeune Lead to Neurological Damage?

Toxic chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, were found in the drinking water supply at Camp Lejeune. These chemicals are found in cleaning agents, degreasers, solvents, and other chemical compounds that all carry a high level of toxicity with extended exposure. Worse, they may not have been filtered out entirely by water treatment facilities like those at Hadnot Point. They can also cause a wide range of health problems.

Perchloroethylene (PCE)

Perchloroethylene is one of two main contaminants in the Camp Lejeune water supply. It is used as a solvent in dry cleaning, a degreasing solvent, and in the production of other chemicals. It is also called tetrachloroethylene, and sometimes abbreviated as PERC. Exposure to this chemical over time can produce a wide range of health conditions including headaches, nerve damage, and nausea. Victims also may experience problems with eyesight, cognitive difficulties, behavioral abnormalities, and tremors.

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Trichloroethylene is the other major contaminant at Camp Lejeune. It is commonly used as a machine degreaser and in the production of other chemicals. It causes many of the same symptoms and health effects as PCE. In animal testing, it resulted in sensory impairment, nerve damage, and psychomotor functional decline.

Benzene

Benzene is a metal degreaser often used in heavy machinery. It causes cells to break down and not work properly, with both acute and chronic cases documented. It can cause many central nervous system effects similar to those found in PCE or TCE, and animal testing shows that it interferes with electrical activity in the nervous system.

Vinyl Chloride

Vinyl chloride is a chemical used in the production of many plastics from vinyl fabric to PVC pipe and beyond. It causes neurological effects such as dizziness, sleep disturbances, headaches, and sensory problems. According to one study, almost 70% of workers exposed to it developed a condition called peripheral neuropathy with numbness in the extremities, reduced reflexes, and chronic long-term tissue damage.

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What Health Issues Did Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Cause?

Exposure to the VOCs in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune could lead to a range of health concerns including infertility, birth defects, cancers, and many others. If you have developed any of these or think your health effects are related to the drinking water there, you should contact a contaminated water attorney at HawkLaw to discuss your case.

Cancers

Exposure to these chemicals is associated with a wide range of cancers, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, lung cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and several others. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and have developed cancer, it may be due to the drinking water there.

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is one of several diseases referred to as myelodysplastic syndromes. It is a type of cancer that forms within your plasma (white blood) cells and breaks down your immune system, harming your body’s ability to fight infections.

Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic anemia is another type of myelodysplastic syndrome that sees your bone marrow unable to produce enough blood cells to replenish your body. It can be mild or acute, and can require lifelong treatment to manage.

Renal Toxicity

Renal toxicity occurs when your kidneys are compromised to the point where they cannot properly clear wastes from your body. When this happens, the waste builds up in your system and gradually poisons you from the inside.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive illness that usually begins with a tremor in one hand. As the disease progresses, the tremors worsen and spread throughout the body. Patients can lose balance and coordination, and they experience many neurological conditions. The disease can be deadly in the end.

Neurobehavioral Effects

The neurobehavioral effects of VOCs are not fully understood yet, but they can include sensory troubles, numbness, reduced reflexes, mood disorders, headaches, cognitive difficulties, loss of coordination, and many other effects.

What Is the Average Charleston Settlement for Toxic Exposure at Camp Lejeune?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was just signed in early August, so there are no detailed records of previous verdicts available regarding settlement amounts. It is very likely, however, that your settlement will vary based on the level of exposure and how it has affected you. HawkLaw has a history of winning high compensation for our clients, and we will fight for you every step of the way. It is important to note that under the Honoring our PACT Act and Camp Lejeune Justice Act, you may be eligible to both collect disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs and sue for personal injury damages from the injuries you have suffered to cover your health care costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and even collect death benefits in the case of the wrongful death of a loved one.

We should honor our military service members and their families, and when they get ill because of negligence on the part of the very government they serve, it is a tragedy. If you suffered a severe illness from your time at Camp Lejeune and were exposed to contaminated water on-site, you deserve a settlement, and HawkLaw will be there to fight for you.

If You Live in Charleston, Compensation May Be a Call Away

HawkLaw has a history of winning major settlements for our Charleston, South Carolina clients. We have years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases, and we know how to get the job done. We will help you build a strong case and stand by your side every step of the way, fighting for the full compensation you deserve in your Camp Lejeune water contamination case. Call us today at 888-HAWKLAW or contact us online to schedule a case evaluation and receive legal advice. HawkLaw fights to win. Let us fight for you.


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