Is Camp Geiger Part of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
Camp Geiger is part of the Camp Lejeune water contamination case. If you lived at or were stationed at Camp Geiger from 1953 to 1987, you could be at increased risk of developing serious, even life-threatening health conditions.
If you decide to file a lawsuit, an attorney could help establish connections between your residency at Camp Geiger, the water contamination, and your health issues.
Where Are Camp Geiger and Camp Lejeune?
Camp Lejeune is a complex of military bases in North Carolina. According to the U.S. Military, it currently houses more than 143,000 people, making it “the largest concentration of Marines and Sailors in the world.” Camp Geiger is “a vital training center” for Marines in the area.
Camp Lejeune consists of many different installations, including but not limited to:
- Military Corps Base Camp Lejeune
- Camp Geiger
- Camp Lejeune Greater Sandy Run
- Tarawa Terrace
- Stone Bay Rifle Range
- Marine Corps Air Station New River
The water contamination affected each of these areas. You only need to have been stationed at one of these bases for at least 30 days to qualify for compensation.
What Compensation Is Available for Camp Lejeune Survivors?
There are two ways you could qualify for compensation after exposure to contaminated water at Camp Geiger:
You Could Seek Veterans Disability Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays benefits to Marines and their families who can prove that:
- They were stationed at Camp Geiger and/or another base that is part of Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days from 1953 to 1987.
- They have been diagnosed with one or more conditions connected to the water contamination.
- They have incurred losses related to their healthcare issues.
VA disability benefits will cover any medical treatments that you would have had to pay for out of pocket.
Seeking a Third-Party Settlement
VA benefits can help you with medical expenses, but if you want compensation for other losses, you may have to pursue a settlement from the federal government. A settlement could reimburse you for:
- Pain and suffering: Your health conditions have caused both physical and emotional pain, thus worsening your health and sense of well-being.
- Reduced quality of life: You can no longer live the way you did before developing the health concern in question. This could mean you have given up a favorite hobby or need help with basic tasks, such as bathing or getting dressed.
- Disability: For example, Parkinson’s makes it increasingly difficult for a person to take care of themselves and live independently. Cancer treatments can leave you weak or even cause you to lose an organ. You could seek financial recovery for the hardship of having a long-term disability.
- Loss of consortium: Your condition makes it difficult or impossible for you to maintain healthy, happy relationships with your loved ones.
- Loss of wages or benefits: Your condition impacts your ability to support your family by forcing you to take time off work or work part-time.
- Loss of earning capacity: Your condition has permanently reduced your ability to earn a living wage.
You could also seek wrongful death benefits, if you suffered a miscarriage or if your loved one passed away before they could file their own claim or lawsuit.
Effects of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
The Camp Lejeune water contamination case has placed thousands of Marines and their families at risk of serious health conditions, some of them fatal. Per VA, conditions potentially linked to chemical exposure at Camp Geiger and Camp Lejeune generally include:
- Renal toxicity
- Kidney and bladder cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple myeloma
According to the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, the U.S. government knew of the contamination and could have taken steps to protect Marines and their families. Instead, it covered up the presence of toxic chemicals in the drinking water, placing thousands at risk of serious health problems.
How to Prove You Were at Camp Geiger
Neither VA nor the government will pay compensation unless you can establish that you were at Camp Geiger from 1953 to 1987. You must also prove that the toxic chemical exposure at Camp Geiger more than likely caused your condition.
Proving your medical history may involve reviewing medical records and statements from medical professionals. Proving your presence at Camp Geiger may require a bit more detective work from your lawyer. They could:
- Acquire statements from superior officers, fellow Marines, friends, or acquaintances who knew you at the time and can confirm your living arrangements
- Ask you to look for any pieces of mail (e.g., bills) you may have saved from when you resided on the military base
- Request a copy of your service record and see if that contains the information you need
After You Collect Evidence, Pursue a Claim
Your mass torts lawyer can explain your options for seeking compensation. After helping you make this critical decision, they can:
- Ask VA or the federal government to pay the money you deserve after being exposed to toxic chemicals at Camp Geiger
- Submit evidence to either VA or the liable party’s representatives for their consideration
- Represent you at any hearings or meetings with the other parties
- Negotiate for what you feel is a fair settlement based on your physical, financial, and psychological losses
- Appeal your case to VA, if it does not accept your claim right away
You and your family have already been through enough. Now, you can hire a personal injury attorney to manage all aspects of your case, so you can fully focus on your well-being and future.
Were You Stationed at Camp Geiger? You Have Legal Options.
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune or Camp Geiger from 1953 to 1987, you could recover compensation for any health issues you developed from the contaminated water. Camp Geiger is part of Camp Lejeune, and those who were stationed there deserve fair recompense. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.