Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Were you exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune?

If you or a loved one developed cancer or another serious disease after exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, we can help you get compensation.

You may be compensated for:

  • Disability
  • Loss of Income
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Injuries
  • Emotional Distress
  • Medical Bills
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Pain & Suffering

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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlement

Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune Linked to Multiple Injuries

In 1982, the U.S. Marine Corps discovered dangerous chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water at the Camp Lejeune base in North Carolina.

However, the contamination actually began in 1953 and continued to expose base workers, service members, and their families until 1987, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), though the most contaminated wells were removed from service in February 1985.

The toxic VOCs found in the drinking water included:

  • 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

Benzene, TCE, and VC are all classified as cancer-causing chemicals, while PCE is classified as probably carcinogenic. Exposure to these chemicals can also increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems.

Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Settlement

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Update — June 2022

In June 2022, the U.S. government passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, which was part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. The Honoring Our PACT Act focuses on addressing issues that affect veterans who were exposed to toxic materials during service.

Because of this new law, those who were exposed can now seek compensation by filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit after having been denied justice for so many years.

Camp Lejeune Water Settlement

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Injuries

Anyone who lived in or around the base for 30 days is likely to develop Illnesses through ingesting and bathing in the contaminated water. The known injuries are numerous and varied. Among them are:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Miscarriage
  • Renal Toxicity / Kidney Damage
  • Many more serious illnesses

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination — Frequently Asked Questions

What caused the water contamination at Camp Lejeune?

When chemicals from a dry cleaning company that was located near the base were introduced into the water supply on the base at 240 to 3,400 times the levels that are considered to be safe, the water on base became toxic and dangerous to use. Service members and their family members were harmed when they drank the contaminated water and bathed in it.

What were the effects of the Camp Lejeune contamination?

When service members and their families were exposed to toxic substances in the water they were ingesting and bathing in, the effects were devastating. Some of the conditions many would later go on to be diagnosed with include cancer of the kidneys, bladder, and liver and adult leukemia. Many were also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

What was in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune?

There were two main volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that were found to have contributed to the contamination injuries: trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). TCE and PCE are a dry cleaning solvent and degreaser that have been linked to cancers that include Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Who can receive the benefits for injury from Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

Any service member or members of their family who were stationed at Camp Lejeune and developed a qualifying condition can file for benefits. There have been cases in which spouses and children of Marines who were stationed at Camp Lejeune becoming ill and even dying as a result of toxic water exposure.

Injured parties at Camp Lejeune include:

  • Marines
  • Naval Personnel
  • Civilian Workers
  • Residents

If you believe you or a loved one qualifies for benefits, but your benefits were denied, it may be time to seek the help of a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer. If we review your claim and determine that you do qualify for benefits, we will fight to get you the compensation you need to cover your expenses.