Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers
Between the early 1950s through the late 1980s, whoever lived or worked at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was potentially exposed to water that was contaminated with known carcinogens. Two water-supply systems at the military base were found to be contaminated with a group of chemicals known as “volatile organic compounds.” This includes the chemicals benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC). After years of denying any responsibility, the U.S. Department of Defense has finally acknowledged the health hazards linked to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Those who were exposed have faced serious health conditions and issues including:
- Breast Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Female Infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Renal toxicity/disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Birth Defects
- Neurological Defects
- Other Cancers
- Other Diseases and Injuries
As many as one million military and civilian staff and their families may have been exposed to the polluted water. Not only was the water used for drinking, but also for bathing, cooking, and clothes washing as well. The Veterans Administration has denied some of the service members’ claims or deemed them ineligible, however; a new bill will allow veterans and others to pursue retribution. On June 16, the Senate passed the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 by a vote of 84 to 14. It comprises the Camp Lejeune Justice Act along with other legal affairs relating to toxic exposures associated with military service.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 gives a two-year window for injured plaintiffs to file claims. Previously, many who were impacted were unable to file a claim due to an obscure North Carolina law which implements a strict 10-year statute of repose. If you or a family member may be eligible for litigation, contact one of our attorneys today. We will pursue litigation against the federal government on your behalf.
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It is our mission to help those affected receive the justice they deserve after years of unknowingly using contaminated water and developing severe health problems as a result. Due to recent legal developments, people or loved ones of those who lived, worked, or were stationed at Camp Lejeune who experienced a water toxicity-related illness may be entitled to compensation.
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