Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits

Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuitCamp Lejeune is a U.S. Marine Corps base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The facility was established in 1942 and provides all the amenities needed by those stationed there including schools, daycares, medical facilities, shopping centers, restaurants, banks, and theaters. Millions of civilians, military personnel, and families have lived and worked at Camp Lejeune at some point since it opened.

What is in Camp Lejeune’s water?

Studies indicate that from 1953 to 1987, the water supplies at this military facility were contaminated with hazardous chemicals that have been linked to numerous injuries. Contaminants from waste disposal sites, leaky underground fuel storage tanks, and industrial spills; as well as an off-base dry cleaner that had been improperly disposing of solvents and chemicals, likely made their way into Camp Lejeune’s water supply. In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the drinking water from two of eight water treatment plants on the base. The main contaminants found in Camp Lejeune’s water were tetrachloroethylene, (also known as PCE) and trichloroethylene or (TCE); both of which are VOCs. Benzene and vinyl chloride were also found in the water.

What health problems are caused by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune?

Many Camp Lejeune veterans, their families, and other victims that had been exposed to the base’s contaminated water for 30 days or more have developed health conditions associated with chemicals found in the water. These injuries include:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Leukemia
  • Neurological defects such as Parkinson’s disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Female Infertility, Miscarriages and Birth Defects
  • Other injuries
  • Can I file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit?

    The recently passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides access to relief for military personnel, their families, and/or any individual who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more during the period of water contamination and suffered injuries as a result. Claims can be filed for a limited period of time. Contact Lopez McHugh now for more information about the bill and to find out more about your eligibility for a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.