Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit

New laws now allow those injured by toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune to pursue compensation. If you suffered with cancer or other health problems from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune you may be eligible for compensation.

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Last Updated: October 9, 2022
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About Camp Lejeune

Between 1953-1987 people living or working at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were unknowingly drinking and bathing in contaminated water that has caused death, illness, and tragic health conditions. Three separate groundwater sources were contaminated, including those at Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard.
Hundreds of thousands of veterans and civilians alike – babies, children, and adults – have suffered serious illness or died from toxic water that was contaminated for over 30 years.
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Worst of all, senior military officials knew of the risks and kept this knowledge hidden from the public.

History of Water Contamination

In 1982, the U.S. Marine Corps discovered dangerous chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. However, the contamination began in 1953 and continued to expose service members, base workers, and their families until 1987 (according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry), though the most contaminated wells were removed from service in February 1985.

History of Water Contamination
The following VOCs were found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune at levels exceeding the EPA’s maximum contamination levels by hundreds of times:
  • Benzene: Used to make other chemicals that compose plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers
  • Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE): For dry cleaning and metal degreasing
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE): A solvent used to clean metal parts
  • Vinyl chloride (VC): Over time, TCE and PCE in groundwater degrade to become VC
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Severe Illness

Exposure to these chemicals can increase the risk of birth defects, and has been linked to severe illness and cancer, including the following:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis
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Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

‍In August 2022 Congress passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 as part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (often called the “PACT Act”). This law allows people who were exposed to toxic chemicals through water contamination while stationed, living, or working at Camp Lejeune to seek compensation by filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

Who can file for Compensation

Anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may be able to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit to pursue compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one believes you may have been affected by water contamination during this time please contact us as soon as possible. Even if your loved one passed away many years ago, you may still be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit on their behalf.

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