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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims

March 31, 2023

: Personal Claims

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Veterans and their families exposed to the toxins from Camp Lejeune water contamination could receive funds as compensation. The US Department of Veteran Affairs was granted over $2 billion to distribute, and you could be eligible to receive some of the funds to cover medical expenses. 

Do you need help navigating the process of seeking benefits? The experienced lawyers at Bernstein & Bernstein are here to help. We currently represent clients based at or visiting Fort Jackson, Shaw AFB, and/or the McEntire National Guard Base in South Carolina with all types of cases – criminal and civil.

What Is the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Problem?

Between 1953 and 1987, the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina were exposed to contaminated water. The contaminated water contained volatile organic compounds and other contaminants. This was the result of leaking fuel tanks, a local dry cleaning business, and on-base units that used chemicals to clean military equipment.

As a result, personnel and families at the base bathed in and ingested this harmful water. They were exposed to many carcinogenic toxins, which led to a wide array of devastating health issues, including:

  • Cancer (bladder, esophageal, kidney, lung, breast, etc.)
  • Infertility  
  • Leukemia
  • Miscarriage
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

What Types of Compensation Are Available for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

Living with such serious illnesses can be extremely expensive. Benefits from the VA can help address these costs. The VA will pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses not covered by any other medical benefits the individual is already receiving. 

Cash payments can reimburse you or your family members if you have out-of-pocket healthcare costs. The costs of doctor visits, hospitalizations, medications, diagnostic testing, and surgeries could all be recovered. You can also receive essential medical equipment or assistive devices, such as chair lifts, walkers, and more. 

Do you need healthcare and medical services but have yet to seek treatment? You could receive treatment from the VA at no cost to you. 

Who Is Eligible for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Benefits From the VA?

If you’d like to file a claim for benefits due to the Camp Lejeune water contamination, you must meet the following requirements:


Both of the following statements are true:

  • You served at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987, and
  • You didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge when you left the military

You must be a: 

  • Reservist
  • Veteran or
  • Guardsmen

You must have a diagnosis of one or more of the following conditions:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

How Do I Get Compensation for the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

To receive compensation for your medical costs associated with the Camp Lejeune water contamination, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Submit an application through the VA yourself or get assistance with this process from a qualified law office, such as Bernstein & Bernstein. 
  • Inform the VA that you’re seeking benefits for a Camp Lejeune-related illness.
  • Provide evidence of your medical condition related to Camp Lejeune water contamination.
  • Provide proof that you served at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River during the qualifying period. 

How Much Compensation Can Be Received for a Disability From Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

There’s no guaranteed compensation amount that an individual will be granted. Depending on the severity of the medical condition, the benefits might be higher. If necessary, you could receive up to $3,000 per month for medical expenses. 

Contact Bernstein & Bernstein for Assistance

If you or a family member suffers from an illness related to the Camp Lejeune water contamination, you could seek compensation. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney at Bernstein & Bernstein will work with you and fight to help you get the benefits you need and deserve. We currently represent clients on a variety of matters who have been based at or visited Fort Jackson, Shaw AFB, the McEntire National Guard Bases and/or other bases throughout South Carolina. Call us today to learn more and discover how we can work for you.

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