Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit

The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 has since been linked to leukemia and other serious health issues.

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit if you developed leukemia after living or working on base.

Sokolove Law is proud to work with Ed Bell, the champion of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, to help veterans and their loved ones fight for justice and compensation. Call us at (800) 995-1212 for a free case review now.

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Leukemia Linked to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

For over 30 years, the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with toxic chemicals. Over 1 million military service members, their families, and civilian workers were exposed during this time.

The water contained toxic chemicals that came from leaking storage tanks, spills, and waste disposal practices from on-base military operations and a nearby dry-cleaning business.

These chemicals were present in the water that people used for cooking, cleaning, and bathing.

Chemicals found in the water at Camp Lejeune included benzene, PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), and vinyl chloride. These chemicals, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are often found in cleaning solvents and dry cleaning solutions.

Camp Lejeune water contamination has since been linked to a variety of different medical conditions, including leukemia.  

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects a person’s blood cells and bone marrow. Symptoms can include weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, bone pain, and easy bleeding and bruising.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with leukemia or other health problems linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may now be able to seek financial compensation — but you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim.

Our attorneys can fight to maximize your compensation from a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more.

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How the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Helps Leukemia Victims

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was recently passed as part of the larger Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act.

This new law allows veterans, their families, and civilian workers to file lawsuits if they were affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Previously, victims were unable to pursue legal claims for injuries caused by the chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune.

The deadline to file a Camp Lejeune leukemia claim is August 10, 2024. This applies to those who were impacted by leukemia and other serious illnesses from the Camp Lejeune water decades ago.

Don’t wait: Fill out our contact form today to receive a free legal case review. Our team will help you determine if you are able to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation.

Can I File a Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit?

There are certain criteria that must be met in order to pursue financial compensation from a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit.

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit if you or a family member:

  • Resided or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987
  • Spent at least 30 days on base (consecutively or nonconsecutively)
  • Developed leukemia due to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

It is also possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased family member who was exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune, even if they died many years before.

Steps to Filing a Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit

When you work with Sokolove Law, we strive to make filing a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

If you have a case, our Camp Lejeune leukemia attorneys can handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and recovery.

1. Contact Sokolove Law

At Sokolove Law, we can provide you with a free legal consultation to determine if you may be eligible to file a claim.

During your consultation, we will ask you questions about your story and listen to how the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has impacted you.

Call us at (800) 995-1212 now to get started.

2. Build Your Case

Our Camp Lejeune attorneys will work with you to gather important evidence and documents like medical bills, medical records, and military service records.

Not sure where to find these records? Our team can figure out what’s needed and help you find it when the time comes.

3. File Your Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit

Our attorneys can file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit on your behalf. By working with an experienced legal team, you can get help ensuring that all deadlines are met and the paperwork for your case is properly submitted.

Those impacted by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune only have until August 2024 to file a lawsuit, so it is important to contact a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawyer as soon as possible.

4. Negotiate a Camp Lejeune Leukemia Settlement

Your attorney may be able to negotiate a Camp Lejeune leukemia settlement with the defendant on your behalf.

However, if a settlement is unable to be reached, your attorney can present your case in court before a judge and jury, who will hear your case and decide how much compensation — if any — you may receive.

At Sokolove Law, there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. We only get paid if your case results in compensation.

Factors Affecting Camp Lejeune Leukemia Settlement Amounts

To settle Camp Lejeune claims, the Congressional Budget Office has projected spending over $6.1 Billion between 2022 and 2031.

Each case is unique, and there are a number of factors that can affect how much Camp Lejeune settlements could be worth.

Some factors that may be considered in Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuits include:

  • The extent of immediate and long-term medical expenses
  • The pain and suffering experienced by the victim
  • The length of time spent at Camp Lejeune
  • Whether the victim died or had their life expectancy significantly shortened
  • Whether a loss of income or earning potential occurred as a result of the leukemia diagnosis
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Get Help Filing a Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit with Sokolove Law

Thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may now be able to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for their injuries.

Sokolove Law is a national personal injury law firm with over 40 years of experience helping our clients — many of them veterans and military service members — get the compensation they deserve. Our team is standing by to help you 24/7, and we won’t charge you any upfront or out-of-pocket costs.

To determine your eligibility for a claim, call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form today for a free legal consultation.

Leukemia & Camp Lejeune FAQs

Who is eligible to file a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit if you or a loved one:

  • Resided or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987
  • Spent at least 30 days on base (consecutively or non-consecutively)
  • Developed leukemia as a result of exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune

Call (800) 995-1212 today to speak with our team and learn more about what legal options may be available to you.

How much is a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit worth?

Camp Lejeune leukemia settlement amounts will vary based on the factors of each individual case, such as how much time was spent at Camp Lejeune and the severity of a person’s illness.

However, the Congressional Budget Office estimates spending over $6.1 Billion in Camp Lejeune claims between 2022 and 2031.

At Sokolove Law, we will work to maximize your compensation and fight to get you the justice you deserve.

Is leukemia a presumptive illness for Camp Lejeune VA benefits?

Yes. Adult leukemia is one of the eight presumptive illnesses that may qualify a person for VA disability benefits in addition to compensation from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

Are Camp Lejeune VA benefits my only compensation option for leukemia?

No. Filing a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is not your only option when it comes to receiving compensation for injuries from the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

You may also qualify to file a Camp Lejeune leukemia lawsuit for additional compensation.

Contact our team to see if one of our VA-accredited lawyers can help you explore all of the options available for your case.

Are there other health issues caused by Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure?

Yes. Leukemia is just one of many potential health effects reported by those who served or worked at Camp Lejeune during the specified time period.

Other serious medical conditions linked to Camp Lejeune include:

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Last modified: January 25, 2023

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