For many years, from 1953 to 1987, veterans, employees, service members, and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune were exposed to toxic water. Birth defects are one of the many side effects of consuming this toxic water.
If you were negatively impacted by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may qualify for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You could also file a lawsuit for birth defects caused by Camp Lejeune contaminated water. At Van Law, we will support you throughout your case. A Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyer from our team can act as your representative and fight for your rights.
Our Team Can Help You Pursue Birth Defect Compensation
Generally, there are two categories of damages in birth defect cases, economic damages and non-economic damages. Together, they’re designed to cover all the damages you’ve suffered.
Generally, economic damages account for the financial toll of your case and may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lowered earning capacity
- Reduced income
Birth defects don’t just involve financial losses, though. They can permanently alter the trajectory of your child’s life. With non-economic damages, you can receive relief for the intangible losses you and your family have experienced. This could include:
- Pain and suffering that your child experienced
- Reduced quality of life for you or your child
- Loss of consortium
- Mental anguish
How Do I Know What My Case Is Worth?
Every birth defect lawsuit is different. At Van Law, we can work with you to determine the value of your losses by reviewing the following:
- Medical records
- Receipts and invoices
- Medical expenses
- Evidence of lost income
The details of your case will determine how much money you can recover. Our team will work to ensure that you understand what fair compensation looks like in your Camp Lejeune birth defects case.
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What Can a Camp Lejeune Birth Defects Lawsuit Lawyer Do for Me?
Whether you’re pursuing a lawsuit or filing a disability claim, we can protect your rights. When you work with Van Law, we will help you by:
- Investigating the specifics of your case
- Submitting important documentation
- Filing a lawsuit on your behalf
- Managing communications with other parties involved in your case
- Proving that your child’s birth defects are linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune
- Providing you with 24/7 support
- Explaining tough legal concepts
- Offering you consistent case updates
- Ensuring that you understand the legal process involved in your case
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Camp Lejeune Birth Defects Case Eligibility
Since the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was passed, those who were exposed to the toxic water at the base can file a lawsuit. To be eligible for a Camp Lejeune birth defects lawsuit, you must establish that:
- You worked at or lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days between August 1st, 1953, and December 31st, 1987
- You suffered from a medical condition connected with Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water
We can discuss your case eligibility during an initial meeting and explain the pros and cons of pursuing legal action.
How Long Do I Have to File a Camp Lejeune Birth Defects Lawsuit?
There is a deadline for those planning to file a Camp Lejeune birth defects lawsuit. Generally, you have two years from the date that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was passed to file a lawsuit. The amount of time you have could depend on the details of your situation.
We will analyze your case to discuss the timeframe you have to file your lawsuit. As your legal team, we can ensure that you’re aware of your deadlines and meet them on time. We’ll happily explain how the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 impacts your birth defects case.
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Do VA Disability Benefits Apply to Birth Defect Cases?
Whether or not you qualify for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will depend on the specifics of your case. Any illness you or your child have could make you eligible for benefits.
At Van Law, we’re familiar with both Camp Lejeune lawsuits and claims for VA benefits. When we review your case, we’ll explain every option that applies to your case. If we believe that you should file for VA disability benefits, we can support you during this process.
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What Birth Defects Are Associated With Camp Lejeune?
Between 1953 and 1987, the water supply at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of the chemicals found in the water at Camp Lejeune include:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
It wasn’t until 1982 that the Marine Corps discovered these chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The water was contaminated because of the waste disposal from a dry cleaning service off the base.
According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the chemicals found in Camp Lejeune’s water are linked to birth defects such as :
- Spina bifida (abnormal spinal cord development in infants)
- Cleft palate
Your child may also be at risk for cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
These conditions can alter the course of a child’s life and lead to considerable medical expenses. It’s possible that your child experienced a birth defect not noted here. With the help of our Camp Lejeune birth defects lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your damages. We will analyze all the details of your situation to build a legal case.
Hire Our Camp Lejeune Birth Defects Lawyer To Help With Your Case
We’re here to help you seek justice if your child was born with birth defects because of Camp Lejeune’s water. Since our founding, our award-winning legal team has won over $50 million in compensation for our clients. When we work together, we can fight to defend your rights. Contact our offices for a free initial consultation today.
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