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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorneys

 

Camp Lejeune military veterans and their families exposed to the camp’s contaminated drinking water between August 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 may qualify for compensation.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act on March 3, 2022. The Act was part of legislation aimed to improve benefits for veterans and their families exposed to toxins. The “Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022” then passed the U.S. Senate on June 15, 2022; so that injured Marines, Seabees  and their families may at last be able to seek justice for exposure to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water.

Family members / civilians who were at Camp LeJeune and have an injury may be entitled to compensation. Claimants in these cases will likely include someone who was in utero there and whose mother lived at the Camp for more than 30 days while pregnant with the injured person.

June 20, 2022 Update: U.S. Senate passes Camp LeJeune Justice Act 

We urged those injured by toxic water at Camp Lejeune to contact their US senators, asking them to pass H.R. 6482 to compensate Camp Lejeune survivors. Thankfully, the Senate did the right thing and passed the Act virtually unchanged.

U.S. Government knew Camp LeJeune Water was Contaminated

U.S. Government officials were aware, for decades, that water was contaminated at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They nevertheless failed to address the problem. From 1953 to 1987, those who lived on, worked in, or visited the base and drank the water, or cooked or bathed in it, did so at serious risk to their health.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case Criteria

Our law firm is investigating cases for people who lived on the Camp Lejeune Base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 (either military or family of military who lived with the military person based there) and were diagnosed with:

• Adult leukemia
• Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease
• Esophageal Cancer
• Breast Cancer
• Renal Toxicity
• Female Infertility
• Scleroderma
• Lung Cancer
• Hepatic Steatosis
• Miscarriage
• Neurological behavior effects

Volatile Organic Compounds

In 1982 the United States Marine Corps discovered Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water sourced by 2 of 8 water treatment plants at Camp Lejeune.

Between 1953 and 1987, the government found traces of PCE (perchloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), Benzene and Vinyl Chloride in the camp’s drinking water in amounts exceeding, by hundreds of times, the current EPA maximum contamination levels. The two most toxic water treatment plants were found to be Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace.

Hadnot Point water treatment plant began operation in 1942. It supplied water to the Mainside Barracks, Hospital Point Family Housing, Family Housing at Midway Park, Paradise Point, and Berkeley Manor. Hadnot Point had multiple sources of contamination streaming from leaks in underground storage tanks, industrial area spills, and waste disposal sites. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) identified at Hadnot Point are PCE, Benzene, and Vinyl Chloride.

Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant began operation in 1952, supplying water to Tarawa Terrace family housing and Knox Trailer Park. The source of contamination was found to be from an off-base dry cleaning company, ABC One-Hour Cleaners, through that company’s waste disposal practices.

Camp Lejeune’s most contaminated wells were shut down in February 1985.

Additional injuries linked to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water include:
• Pancreatic Cancer
• Rectal Cancer
• Prostate Cancer
• Esophageal Cancer
• Brain/CNS Cancers

Legal Changes on the Horizon

Given the recent bill passing through the House and Senate, it may soon be possible to file a claim over Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. If President Joe Biden now signs the Act into law, and he is expected to do so, Marines, Seabees, and their family members, as well as civilians and government contractors who were on the LeJeune base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, may be eligible to receive financial compensation if they suffer from one of the serious illnesses listed above.

Camp Lejeune Background

Opened in 1942, the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is home to II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and a naval hospital. Some 150,000 people currently live on the base and in the surrounding community. An estimated one million people have lived or passed through Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. Hundreds of thousands of veterans, their families, and workers who lived off base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina were exposed to the toxic chemicals that have been scientifically linked to serious health concerns.

Free Case Evaluation – Camp LeJeune Water Contamination Attorneys

If you or someone you love was injured by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, contact us now for a free case evaluation. You may qualify for compensation under the proposed new law.

Email us now or call 888-520-5202.

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