National law firm Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, is partnering with local
North Carolina attorneys at The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, PA to fight for you.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 Offers Justice to Military Families
Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, along with North Carolina based firm The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, PA, offers legal assistance if you need to file a claim to receive disability compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 or medical benefits under the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Contaminated water supplies serviced Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina between 1953 and 1985. The toxic substances present in the water have resulted in severe health issues, ranging from birth defects to various forms of cancer.
Both firms will tirelessly advocate for your rights. Our personal injury attorneys are grateful for your service as part of the U.S. military, and we want you and your family to receive appropriate compensation for your exposure to contaminated water while residing or working at Camp Lejeune.
In February 1985, the base shut down two on-site water wells that supplied two housing areas at Camp Lejeune with contaminated water. Although officials estimate the contamination started in 1953, the exact beginning date and geographic extent of the contamination remains uncertain.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) found the following toxic substances in the drinking water:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
- Other compounds
These toxic chemicals fall under the volatile organic compounds (VOC) category and can have life-threatening consequences for human health when ingested. Government agencies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have established that those chemicals can cause cancer.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 makes disability compensation available to Veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, and their families, if they have lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. You are not eligible if you received a dishonorable discharge when you separated from the military.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 can provide disability compensation for any of these eight health conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Parkinson's disease
The Department of Veterans Affairs may amend this list in the future as scientific research continues to establish direct links between water contamination and diseases. The Department reviews each claim on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to disability compensation, service members and their families may receive health benefits under the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Those benefits cover medical care, including reimbursement for previous out-of-pocket expenses for specific health conditions.
Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 offers healthcare benefits if you have been diagnosed with any of the following medical conditions:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
If you have received multiple diagnoses, you may be eligible for both health and disability benefits.
Contact us today at (800) 996-9747 to schedule a consultation to discuss what benefits you are eligible for due to Camp Lejeune water contamination.
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Your claim must include:
- A copy of your military records proving that you served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 days from August 1953 through December 1987 while on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves
- Medical records establishing that you or your family member have at least one of the qualifying illnesses
Although the law does not require you to hire an attorney to file your claim, speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney can help ensure that you submit all necessary paperwork and supporting documents.
With the National law firm Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP partnering with North Carolina firm The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, PA, we are committed to helping you receive the compensation you deserve. Whether Camp Lejeune water contamination has affected you and/or a family member, we can help you apply for health benefits and/or disability compensation.
If you or a family member have experienced medical issues due to the
Thomas P. Giuffra Partner
Edward A. Ruffo Partner
David B. Rheingold Partner
John Drew Warlick Jr. Partner
Robert Albert Warlick Partner
Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo, & Plotkin LLP, in partnership with The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, PA, are helping those affected by the Camp Lejeune water contamination seek justice.
Located in North Carolina, The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, PA, is a third-generation law firm focused on protecting the rights of injured people and their families. The senior partner’s father began practicing law in Jacksonville before Camp Lejeune opened. We are very familiar with Camp Lejeune and the surrounding area and we are knowledgeable on the issues concerning the Camp Lejeune water contamination which has impacted veterans and their families over the years. Both firms are committed to protecting the injured and are eager to represent veterans suffering from health issues as a result of the water contamination aboard Camp Lejeune.
“Our senior partner is the former president of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. We are very proud to join forces with the law firm of Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo, & Plotkin LLP. We feel very strongly that our experience and local knowledge of Camp Lejeune coupled with the extensive experience in litigating mass torts by the Rheingold Law Firm will provide our clients with the best possible outcome in these cases. We are extremely eager to protect our veterans who have been so committed to protecting us.”