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VA Ruling Adds Clarity to Service Members Benefits

For years, the contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina (1953 to 1987) was heavily suspected to be causing deadly diseases for numerous veterans who lived there. More recently, in 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a rule that creates legal presumption based upon certain conditions that might have rendered any of the service men and women affected eligible for the benefits they deserve the most.

Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban have been aware of Camp Lejeune contamination for years, and our team of attorneys work hard to help veterans receive the VA disability benefits that they are deserving of. A new rule put in place in March of 2017, is destined to help make the process much easier for any party involved.

What Diseases are Linked to Camp Lejeune Contamination?

It’s important for any disability claims to be able to provide evidence suggesting that their medical condition is service-connected. The VA may possibly argue that the condition is not caused by anything directly related to Camp Lejeune, but rather occurred somewhere else and for that fact alone is pre-existing. However, to make sure that does not happen it is essential that any party in question provide a service record indicating that they were at the required place at the correct junction in time, and has signs of a disabling condition.

A new rule that was put in place notes that the VA’s presumptive notion directly reflects those who were active duty, Reserve or National Guard members and were also stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least thirty (30) days between August 1st, 1953 and December 31st, 1987, and were diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Adult Leukemia.
  • Aplastic Anemia and/or other Myelodysplastic Syndromes.
  • Bladder Cancer.
  • Kidney Cancer.
  • Liver Cancer.
  • Multiple Myeloma.
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
  • Parkinson’s Disease.

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Brief History of Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conducted a study that was done to analyze the water contamination at Camp Lejeune and it was found that two water distribution systems had clear evidence suggesting contamination was present.

The Tarawa Terrace had a distribution system plagued by contaminated water from June 1957 to March 1985, and was sourced by an off-base dry cleaning business with a septic system that released various cleaning fluids directly into the ground.

Another water distribution system that led to Camp Lejeue’s water becoming unfortunately contaminated, and that was the system at Hadnot Point

Fuel storage tanks began leaking underground and directly contaminated wells. In 1984, the personnel at Camp Lejeune were able to discover the contamination while conducting water quality sample tests. Out of 39 Hadnot Point wells, eight (8) were effected, while only one out of seven (7) from Tarawa Terrace were contaminated, all nine (9) did eventually lead the camp to outright abandoning these altogether in 1985.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today for a Claim Regarding Camp Lejeune Water Contamination!

If you, or someone you love exposed to contaminated water while stationed at Camp Lejeune, don’t wait another minute – contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban today, or simply call us now at (866) 866-VETS. We’re always available to talk to you, and there are no hidden fees to speak to us about your claim(s). Our firm works on contingency, so there are no fees whatsoever unless we win your claim for benefits. We’re accredited to represent you anywhere within the United States, so even if you can’t make it to one of our offices, we can still help you along the way.