Camp Lejeune Lawsuits

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 has been signed into law 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 were 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 for a minimum of thirty days, then you are 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 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 claim. Camp Lejeune lawsuits are being filed now.

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, used dry cleaning, or used water to clean may have been exposed to high levels of toxic chemicals.

To learn if you’re eligible to file a lawsuit, contact Taylor King Law at 870.246.0505 or toll-free at 1.800.227.9732.

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. Click HERE to learn more about the chemicals found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

Photo by: Lance Cpl. Drew W. Barker

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 allows 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 enables 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 are 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. For the latest news on Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits and to learn more about the Honoring Our PACT Act, click HERE.

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.

United States veterans and their families have 2 years to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit from the date the bill was signed into law on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. To ensure you’re a part of the Camp Lejuene class action lawsuit, contact our team of attorneys today.

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