August 18th, 2015|
For more than 30 years, the water at a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina was contaminated with toxic chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals resulted in many soldiers and veterans developing serious health conditions.
The Birmingham veterans’ disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that over the span of three decades, many of those affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have moved all across the country. But now, these individuals may soon qualify for the veterans’ disability benefits they have struggled to receive.
The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced the agency will begin reforming the way benefits are distributed to service members harmed by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
Under the previous rules, veterans filing claims related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune had to have their case examined by special experts. As a result, only one in 20 claims received approval. Now, claims will no longer have to go through this step, and 15 different illnesses can be linked to the water at the base.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful these reforms can quickly put benefits into the hands of veterans who are most in need.