If you or a loved one was Exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for compensation. Under the PACT Act, people exposed to toxic water can file a lawsuit against the government for compensation. These lawsuits must be filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. There are many factors to consider before filing a claim, and a lawyer should be consulted to assess your situation.
There are a number of reasons why veterans were exposed to toxins while serving at Camp Lejeune. One is that the residential areas served by the water systems were predominantly enlisted family housing or barracks for unmarried service members. This meant that many of those who were exposed were young children and those of reproductive age. Many were also transient, living at the base for training or longer assignments.
Exposure to Camp Lejeune water is thought to increase the risk of developing aplastic anemia, a condition in which the body cannot produce enough new blood cells. This type of anemia is characterized by fatigue, shortness of breath, and easy bruising. Symptoms may be mild or severe, and they may come and go or may be lifelong. If you suspect you may have been exposed to contaminated water, contact your doctor right away to find out whether you are at risk.
The Navy and the Pentagon are now facing accusations that the base’s water was contaminated with hazardous chemicals. The government is investigating this case, but the military and Navy officials are denying any wrongdoing.