Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
If you served, lived or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between August, 1953 and December, 1987, you may be entitled to compensation.
U.S. Veterans, their family members or others may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water between 1953 and 1987 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and developed cancer or other serious health issues years later. Some of these servicemen, families or others present at the base have been deemed ineligible or had their claims denied by the Veterans Administration, but a new law may allow them compensation.
Water testing in 1982 found that drinking water sources at Camp Lejeune were contaminated with several chemicals, including benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, or perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC), all of which are known to be carcinogenic or harmful to humans. In some cases, contamination of water was documented at up to 300 times acceptable levels.
It is believed that Camp Lejeune water contamination sources included leaking underground water storage tanks and waste disposal sites. By February of 1985, the contaminated wells were mostly closed; however, many of those exposed have faced cancer and other serious health problems related to the chemicals.
Reports have been made concerning:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
- Parkinson’s disease
- Other health conditions
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a bipartisan bill currently working its way through Congress as part of the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022. It is intended to ensure that individuals – veterans, their family members or other individuals living or working at the base between 1953 and 1987 – who were harmed by water contamination at Camp Lejeune receive fair compensation. Over the years, many of these individuals have had their claims inappropriately denied or delayed, resulting in additional harm. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act would permit people who worked, lived, or were exposed in-utero, to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, to file a claim in U.S. federal court. As a result, people or loved ones of those who lived, worked, or were stationed at Camp Lejeune who experienced a water toxicity-related illness may be eligible for compensation.
Duffield, Lovejoy & Boggs, PLLC is working with leading national counsel in Camp Lejeune Water Contamination cases to investigate these claims on behalf of people or loved ones of those who lived, worked, or were stationed at Camp Lejeune who experienced a water toxicity-related illness may be eligible for compensation. If you think you’ve been injured at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, call our office immediately.