Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Tens of thousands of active duty service members and civilians who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between January 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, were exposed to contaminated water linked to the development of cancer and other serious health ailments.

If you or a loved one were among them, you might be entitled to file a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit and recover compensation for the injuries and illnesses caused by your exposure.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers

Our attorneys are investigating Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims on behalf of individuals who lived or worked at the base from January 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987, and later experienced any of the following cancers or adverse health effects:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Renal toxicity
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Female infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Scleroderma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Neurobehavioral effects

To arrange for your free, no-obligation Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit review, please fill out our online form or call (888) 994-5118.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination: What You Should Know.

In the 1980s, it was revealed that two water systems serving Camp Lejeune – the Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant and the Hadnot Point water treatment plant – were contaminated with a number of volatile organic compounds, including.

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal cleaner
  • Tetrachloroethylene, a dry-cleaning agent
  • Benzene, a chemical found in gasoline
  • Methylene chloride, a chemical solvent used in labs and to remove paint
  • Vinyl chloride, a colorless gas used to make polyvinyl chloride, which is used to make plastic products

The water contamination resulted from various industrial spills, underground storage tanks, and an off-base dry cleaner. Some of the chemicals tainting the Camp Lejeune water supply are known carcinogens and were present at levels 280 times above what is considered safe. It’s now known that anyone living, working, or serving at Camp Lejeune between January 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, would have been exposed to this contaminated drinking water.

The PACT Act: What It Would Do for Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Victims.

In January 2017, the Obama administration established a disability claims process through the V.A. to provide disability compensation for eight medical conditions connected with Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. Two levels of benefits were made available solely through the VA: presumptive benefits and compensation for family members’ out-of-pocket costs.

However, while the Marine Corp concealed the water issues for years, victims were barred from pursuing personal injury lawsuits by North Carolina law, as well as the ability of the U.S. Government to assert specific immunity in defense of such claims.

In June 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act passed the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support. The legislation provides former residents of Camp Lejeune – including active-duty military personnel, their families, and members of the civilian workforce – the right to file a lawsuit against the U.S. government seeking compensation for cancers and other ailments associated with toxic water exposure.

The legislation, now known as the Honoring Our PACT Act, will also prohibit the U.S. government from asserting specific immunity as a defense to such claims once it becomes law. Those qualified to file a lawsuit under the PACT Act will include anyone:

  • Exposed to contaminated drinking water for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and
  • Suffered cancer or other health issues related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

While those previously granted V.A. benefits for health conditions related to Camp Lejeune water contamination will be eligible to file a claim, any compensation ultimately recovered by such individuals will be reduced in proportion to any prior award or payments.

Arrange for a Free Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Review

If you or a loved one had cancer or other health ailments that may be linked to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water, you and your family could be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Loss of society and companionship

To learn if you will qualify to file a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit under the PACT Act, please call (888) 994-5118 today to arrange for your free case review.

  1. ASTDR (2014) “Camp Lejeune, North Carolina”
  2. Veterans Administration (N.D.) “Camp Lejeune Veteran and Family Health & Disability Benefits”
  3. gov (N.D.) “The Honoring Our PACT Act”
Last Modified: June 29, 2022

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