Camp Lejeune Lawsuits

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is expected to soon pass Congress allowing victims and their families to file lawsuits. Veterans based at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, family members, workers, and others may have been exposed to water contamination.

Nearly a million military veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 may have been exposed to harmful chemicals in the water.

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Contact the Camp Lejeune attorneys at Taylor King Law today for a free consultation. Call us at 870.246.0505 or toll-free at 1.800.227.9732. We’ll help you discuss your legal options and explore whether you’re eligible to file a lawsuit. A consultation with a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney is both free and confidential.



Am I Affected by the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

It’s expected that as many as a million veterans and their families were affected by the toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

If you were stationed at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina between August 1953 and December 1987, then you may eligible for compensation.



According to the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry “The contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune started in the early 1950s, and the most contaminated wells were shut down in 1985. ATSDR has been assessing the health risks from hazardous substances in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune since the late 1980s. As many as one million military and civilian staff and their families might have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water.”

An official report by the CDC indicates marines and their families may have been drinking and bathing in contaminated, toxic water for as many as 60 years.

What are the Health Effects of Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune?

Numerous studies have linked a staggering amount of health issues to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, including a study by the Environmental Health Journal linking an increased risk of death to the following:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Esophagus Cancer
  • Cervix Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Additional research has linked various cancers, birth defects, and other health-related issues to the chemical exposure:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Scleroderma
  • Cardiac Defects
  • Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia (and other bone marrow diseases)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Fertility Issues
  • Birth Defects
  • Birth Injuries
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Miscarriage
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Neurobehavioral Effects
  • Renal Toxicity

Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

If you were at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you will and can be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Marines and their families who lived on base in short or long-term housing, in addition to civilian employees or workers, may have been affected.



Those who drank the water, cooked with the water, bathed, or used water to clean may have been exposed to high levels of toxic chemicals.

What Chemicals Were Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune?

Three of the eight water-distribution plants were contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs): Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard. The primary volatile compounds detected were:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • ​​Perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • Benzene
  • Vinyl chloride (VC)

These chemicals, in addition to other compounds, are all known to be cancer-causing and harmful to both humans and animals.


Photo by: Lance Cpl. Drew W. Barker

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

TCE is used as a degreaser solvent for industrial machinery and used in paint removers and rug cleaners. TCE has been linked to a number of health issues; kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, cardiac effects, and more.

The Hadnot Point water distribution plant served the mainside military barracks and several family housing units, and the volatile compound, TCE (trichloroethylene) was the primary compound found. The maximum TCE level detected was 1,400 parts per billion; the current limit for TCE is 5 parts per billion. Additional contaminants included PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene), DCE (dichloroethylene), vinyl chloride, and benzene. Contamination originated from underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites.

Perchloroethylene (PCE)

Perchloroethylene, sometimes known as tetrachloroethylene, is used for dry cleaning and textile processing, as well as a machinery degreaser. PCE has been linked to a number of cancers, including bladder cancer, as well as birth defects.

The main contaminant found at the Tarawa Terrace was the volatile compound, PCE. The Tarawa Terrace water distribution plant served family housing units and the Knox Trailer Park. The Maximum level detected was 215 parts per billion; the current PCE limit is 5 parts per billion. Contamination originated from an off-base dry cleaning firm.



Benzene

Benzene is a colorless or light-yellow chemical known to cause cancer in humans. The World Health Organization has classified benzene as a Category 1 Carcinogen, meaning strong evidence has tied benzene to DNA damage leading to cancer. Exposure to benzene increases the risk of leukemia and other blood disorders, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Benzene is a common industrial compound used to help make plastics, pesticides, detergents, and lubricants.

Vinyl Chlorides

Vinyl chloride is an odorless gas used in the production of plastics. According to the National Cancer Institute, if a water supply is contaminated, vinyl chloride can enter household air when the water is used for showering, cooking, or laundry.

Vinyl chloride is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer known as hepatic angiosarcoma, as well as brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.

Why File a Lawsuit Against the Government?

Presently, the Department of Veteran Affairs recognizes only eight diseases related to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. As part of the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, qualifying veterans are eligible to receive health care from the Department of Veteran Affairs if they served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987.

Unfortunately, a CBS News Report reveals an average of only 17% of cases have been approved by the VA since 2012. An investigative team found that a number of the “subject matter experts” hired to review cases lacked medical expertise, denying military and their families vital coverage.

As one veteran noted, “the system is failing.”



The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allow veterans, their families, and workers to hold the military accountable, and receive compensation.

What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a federal law that will enable victims of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to file a lawsuit for their injuries.

According to the bill, those who worked or resided at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of thirty days (consecutive or non-consecutive) between 1953 and 1987 will be able to pursue legal action. The bill allows those exposed to contaminants in the water supply to recover damages and hold the government responsible for its actions and denial of compensation.

Who Should I Contact with Questions about a Filing a Lawsuit?

Contact Taylor King Law today. An initial consultation is both free and confidential.

Call us at 870.246.0505 or toll-free at 1.800.227.9732.


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