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No win, no fee Camp LeJeune claims

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Be represented by a military injury lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.

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Toxic chemicals in water

Toxic chemicals in water

Thousands of former British military personnel who trained at a US base between the 1950s and 80s and may have been exposed to dangerous and toxic chemicals in tap water could be entitled to claim compensation.

Many people in the US who were exposed to this contaminated water went on to develop serious health conditions.

Anyone “injured” is eligible for compensation if they spent at least 30 days living or working at the base between 1953 and 1987; those 30 days do not have to be continuous. It also extends to their families.

It is important to seek timely legal advice as, under the new US law, claims can only be brought within a two-year timeframe from 10th August 2022.

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Contamination linked to cancers

Contamination linked to cancers

It’s believed the contaminated water is responsible for causing numerable cancers as well as Parkinson’s disease, renal failure and more.

Some of the illnesses linked to toxic tap water at Camp Lejeune include:

  • Adult leukaemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

Research suggests thousands of British servicemen were stationed at the camp on training exercises between 1953 and 1987.

In 1973 alone it was recorded that 800 members of the British Royal Marine 40 Commando Group were at the base.

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Specialist military injury solicitors

Specialist military injury solicitors

Our dedicated team of military claims solicitors are experienced in securing compensation for members of the British Armed Forces who suffer injuries and illness caused through serving with the British Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Reserve Forces.

Anyone who suffers injury or illness caused by their military service may be entitled to compensation, but it is important to seek expert legal advice and ensure any damages claimed are fully reflective of the impact of suffering and loss experienced.

Our military injury team will consider the full details of your individual case to provide clear advice as to the best route to claiming suitable compensation.

If you or a member of your family has suffered an illness by serving at Camp Lejeune, or if you have lost a loved one who was based or trained there, you may have a right to seek compensation.

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FAQs

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What was Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure?

In the US, around 71,000 Camp Lejeune victims have already filed for disability claims.

Camp Lejeune was established in September 1941 as a base for marines and sailors to train. It’s estimated that, over a 34-year period, almost a million people were exposed to the local toxic water supply.

What is the PACT Act that paves the way for Camp Lejeune compensation claims?

In 2022 the US president signed the PACT Act, which includes the ‘Camp Lejeune Justice Act’, allowing military personnel, their family members and civilians to seek restitution from the U.S Government, regardless of which country they now live in.

This action is available to individuals exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days, regardless of whether they are veterans, family members or civilians.

Primary carers, including spouses and children of the individuals who were directly exposed, can sue for damages on behalf of the poisoned. Even if the carers were not poisoned themselves and loved ones have since died, they can now seek compensation.

What is the timeframe of the recognised exposure at Camp Lejeune?

Recognised victims must have worked or lived on the base from 1953 to 1987 for 30 days or more.

Do the 30 days spent at Camp Lejeune base have to be consecutive?

No. As long as the time spent on Camp Lejeune adds up to 30 days, the victim is eligible.

How long do victims of toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune have to submit a claim?

Victims can submit their claim for two years from the date of enactment of the Pact Act which came into effect on 10th August 2022.

What if the victim is deceased?

Family members can still make a claim.

How can Hudgell Solicitors help?

Hudgell Solicitors are a legal firm at the forefront of fighting injustice, no matter how long ago it occurred.

We have helped more than 50 former subpostmasters clear their names at the Court of Appeal; victims of what is now recognised to have been the biggest miscarriage of justice in UK legal history between 2000 and 2014.

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We will put your interests first, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal specialists are handling your claim delivering the justice you deserve.

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Are Hudgell Solicitors experts in seeking compensation claims abroad?

We have many years of experience successfully representing clients seeking compensation for injuries while working abroad due to negligence or breach of duty on the part of employers or one of their agents, subcontractors, or employees.

Our solicitors will make the claims process simple and, where necessary, work closely with a trusted network of US experts to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries and loss.

Our injuries abroad team is led by Paul McClorry, who works with a network of US lawyers and experts to ensure you have professional legal representation in US state courts.

Mr McClorry is co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s International Practice Section, enhancing Hudgell Solicitors’ ability to provide clients with the highest US legal expertise.

The AAJ is an association of personal injury lawyers acting for claimants in American courts.

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