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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits

Did you live or work at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corp Air Station New River between 1953 and 1987? If so, have you and your loved ones experienced any adverse health complications? It has been released that both Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River’s drinking water was dangerously toxic between 1953 and 1987 due to high levels of chemical contamination. If you or your family lived or worked on base during that time, you may have been exposed to contaminates that are linked to serious diseases, medical conditions, and cancers.

Three of the eight wells that supplied water to Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River were found to contain harmful levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These wells include Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard. These wells supplied contaminated water to daycares, schools, military housing for drinking and bathing, hospitals, and to places of employment for service members and civilians alike. This contamination has been traced to an off-base dry cleaners, numerous industrial spills that occurred in and around the area, and waste disposal sites as well as leaking underground storage tanks.

Water Contamination and Toxicity at Camp Lejeune Military Base

Camp Lejeune’s water was found to have over 70 dangerous chemicals with some showing testing rates of 240 times what safety standards allow. The biggest contaminates were shown to be the following:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE) – a solvent typically used for cleaning methods.
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) – a dry cleaning chemical.
  • Vinyl Chloride (VC) – a toxic byproduct of TCE and PCE degradation.
  • Benzene – a toxic chemical used in the manufacturing of certain plastics and resins.

Exposure to these chemicals, whether ingested or absorbed through the skin due to bathing, have put those that lived on Camp Lejeune at an elevated risk of cancers such as:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Central Nervous System Cancer (CNS)
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer

and other serious medical conditions:

  • Cardiac Defect
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty Liver Disease (hepatic steatosis)
  • Female Infertility
  • Kidney damage
  • Immune disorders
  • Nerve damage
  • Miscarriage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity/disease
  • Scleroderma

It has taken decades for the government to admit its failure to protect those living and working on Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. And sadly, the state of North Carolina made it impossible for those affected to seek justice. Experts state that over $4 billion in VA health claims have been filed by veterans due to serious health conditions and diseases directly related to the Camp Lejeune water contamination. The majority of those are believed to have been denied.

On June 16, 2022, the United States Senate voted to pass the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. This act enables service members, their families, and civilians who lived and worked on Camp Lejeune to file claims against the US government. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious illness or if you have lost a loved one because of the Camp Lejeune water contamination, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act will now allow you to finally seek the compensation you need and deserve. Senator Richard Burr had this to say about the Camp Lejeune Justice Act,

“For too long, veterans and their families have lived with devastating illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. This legislation does right by those who served.”

To qualify for compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, you or your family member must have lived or worked on Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River between August 1953 and December 1987 for at least 30 days. Illness includes but is not limited to various types of cancers, miscarriages, infertility, and many other serious diseases. If your or your loved one’s injuries or illness are not listed, seek an attorney regardless.  Those illnesses or diseases may still be connected to contamination.

Who can File a Lawsuit over Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune?

  • A veteran who served at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, on Camp Lejeune or a civilian that worked on base during those times periods.
  • A surviving family member of a veteran who met the minimum requirements.
  • You are a family member who lived with someone stationed at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between 1953 and 1987.
  • Your mother was pregnant with you while living at Camp Lejeune for 30 days between 1953 and 1987.

Veterans, their families, and civilians are eligible to file a lawsuit against the US government to reclaim damages caused by at least 8 presumed diseases listed below.

  • Adult Leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Other conditions that may justify compensation are:

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Female Infertility
  • Scleroderma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Neurobehavioral effects (headaches, lack of coordination, sensory disturbances, cognitive decline, and mental health conditions)

Those that file will need to demonstrate that their disease or illness was caused by exposure to the contaminated water on Camp Lejeune. You will also be required to show how your medical condition has negatively affected your quality of life.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allow veterans up to two years from the time the bill passed, to file a lawsuit.

Legal Assistance Filing a Claim Associated with Camp LeJeune

If you or a loved one have experienced a serious medical condition and were based at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, don’t let time pass by without appropriate legal representation as you seek financial compensation for health care. As a veteran, you have worked hard for us, now it is time for us to work hard for you. We want you to get the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today.

For years, King Law has been known for tireless dedication to serving those who have suffered a personal injury or wrongful death of a family member due to someone else’s neglect. We pride ourselves on each client receiving the culmination of our legal experience, our professionalism and our commitment to each case in determining their course of action. King Law, champions for the injured. Contact us today!

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