The Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Linked To Diseases and Death

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination

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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Claims

The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune was the direct result of the Marine Corp improperly disposing of toxic cleaning solvents that contaminated the base’s drinking water.but recently has been linked to a wide range of illnesses ranging from cancer to birth defects and neurobehavioral effects. Between 1953 and 1987, wells at Camp Lejeune were contaminated. It is estimated that over 1 million Marines, Sailors, their families and civilian employees of the base were exposed to this toxic water.

Unfortunately, the statute of limitations previously barred victims from recovering compensation for the damages they suffered. However, a new federal law is in its final stages. This law is expected to soon be passed by Congress and signed by the president. 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) of 2022 will allow victims to file lawsuits over this contaminated water to recover the necessary compensation. Contact our legal team to get started with your case today.

Filing a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

This new legislation is a true blessing for those who suffered a water toxicity-related disease due to exposure at Camp Lejeune. If you lost a loved one or you became ill as a result of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune we can help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation from the government.

This horrendous betrayal by the United States government is the worst public water system failure in American history. 

During that time, United States Marine Corps (USMC) service members and their families living at the base bathed in and ingested tap water that was contaminated with harmful chemicals at concentrations from 240 to 3400 times levels permitted by safety standards. An undetermined number of former base residents later developed cancer or other ailments, which many blame on the contaminated drinking water. Victims claim that USMC leaders concealed knowledge of the problem and did not act properly in trying to resolve it or notify former base residents that their health might be at risk.The toxicity rates for many of the chemicals discovered in this water were hundreds to thousands of times the acceptable levels allowed by federal safety standards. While many toxins were found in the Camp Lejeune water, the contaminants these lawsuits will primarily focus on are trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, and benzene.

It has taken decades for individuals and their families to get the help they so desperately have needed. Our legal team of trial lawyers are passionate about helping these families get the compensation they should have received a long time ago.

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Information Regarding the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Operating since 1942, Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corp base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Camp Lejeune has been a training and tactical planning facility for all branches of the United States Military and it’s allies. Hundreds of thousands of people have lived or worked at Camp Lejeune.

Testing by the United States Marine Corp in the early 1980’s identified two of the water treatment facilities were polluted with extreme levels of poisonous chemicals. It was proven that this poisonous water existed between 1953 and 1987. Sadly, over one million people were subjected to this contaminated water.

The Deadly Chemicals Discovered in the Camp Lejeune Water Supply

The Hadnot Point treatment plant and the Tarawa Terrace water plant were the primary water source for Camp Lejeune. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) were in the water tanks. These chemicals have been linked

The primary contaminant at the Hadnot Point treatment plant was trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is a colorless and odorless liquid chemical. It is used for a variety of purposes and was most commonly used by the military as a solvent and degreaser. The maximum safe level for TCE is five parts per billion (ppb), while the levels at Hadnot Point were as high as 1,400 ppb.

At Tarawa Terrace, the primary toxin was perchloroethylene (PCE). PCE is a colorless liquid with a mild odor. It is primarily used in the commercial dry-cleaning industry and the contamination was linked to a dry cleaning business near the plant. The maximum safe level for TCE is five ppb, while the levels in the water from Tarawa Terrace were as high as 215 ppb.

Diseases Linked to the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

The research suggests that the pollutants found from 1953-1987 in Camp Lejeune have contributed to a vast array of health issues. It has come to light that many individuals during that timeframe have recently been subjected to Birth Defects, Chronic Illnesses, Neurological Disorders and Various Cancers. Many scientist say, that the fatality rate from cancers and other illnesses have increased exponentially due to the pollutants in that water supply. Cancer is one of the major concerns, however, recent studies suggest in addition to cancers other chronic illnesses plague individuals from the contaminated water.

Exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 has been scientifically linked to an increased mortality rate from cancer and other chronic illnesses. In addition to cancer, exposure to this water has been linked to:

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has been studying the effect of exposure on pregnant mothers. They found that TCE, PCE ,and other chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water supply lead to a significantly higher rate neural tube birth defects including spina bifida .

Was your loved one’s death preventable? Have you or someone you know become ill after being exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune? Call (866) 240-2414 to speak to a lawyer that can help you get the compensation you deserve.

The Marine Corps Looked the Other Way

It is a shame that the military could have taken action to avoid exposure, but it seems like they ignored this issue for quite some time. It’s really interesting how new evidence has come out showing what might’ve been done Differently back then if only we had known!

The water was so badly contaminated that it could cause serious health problems. The Environmental Hygiene Agency reported these facts decades ago, but no action was taken. Sadly, the Marine Corp looked the other way.

Camp Lejeune officials falsified environmental testing for decades, but finally admitted their guilt in 1984. Despite further warnings from other organizations and several news articles about potential health hazards on the base since 1983-84 (including one article that labeled Camp Lejeune “the most polluted place”), they submitted a report to the EPA stating there were no issues at all until July of 1985.

North Carolina Refused To Hold The United States Marine Corp Accountable

In 2016, North Carolina’s statute of repose law was used to dismiss all lawsuits filed by Camp Lejeune victims. The 10 year limit for tort litigation applies even if you were not aware that your injury occurred during this time period as it is based on when the last exposure took place at Camp Lejeune which was between 1980-1989.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows victims and their families to finally get compensation for their damages. 

What Are The Requirements to Qualify for Compensation?

If the CLJA does not undergo any significant changes before it is signed into law, claimants will have two years from the date the law is enacted to file their lawsuit for compensation. In order to file, you must prove that you were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and later developed an illness linked to exposure.

If you qualify, you will be able to file a tort lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

How Much Money Can I Expect From a Camp Lejeune Settlement?

Claimants will be eligible to receive all compensatory damages commonly available in tort cases, including both economic and non-economic damages. However, any amount awarded will be offset against any VA benefits already received for these damages.

Calculating an accurate figure for how much you can expect to receive at this time is impossible. There are still too many factors that need to be considered and too much uncertainty remaining around these cases. However, prior cases involving similar injuries often result in settlements in the range of $150,000 to $400,000.

It is important to note that these figures are based on injuries and do not take into account the politics of a class action lawsuit against the government. The sample size for these types of cases is far smaller, and makes an accurate settlement estimate much harder to predict.

Prior Litigation Related to Camp Lejeune Toxic Water

The multi-district litigation (MDL) involving 850 plaintiffs that was dismissed in 2016 began in 2009 when a group of Marines, along with their family members and other employees at Camp Lejeune began filing lawsuits against the government under the Federal Tort Claims Act. 

The plaintiffs asserted that they developed severe health conditions as a result of drinking contaminated water from the base. All of these lawsuits were then consolidated into the MDL class action lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina in 2012.

Once the CLJA passes, many of these claimants or their families will once again file a lawsuit against the government for their exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Camp Lejeunes First Lawsuit

The first lawsuit against the government over exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune was brought in July of 2007 by Laura J. Jones. Jones filed an initial administrative complaint with the Department of the Navy (a requirement for bringing a Federal Tort Claim Act case) and then filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Jones, the wife of a Marine Corps Corporal, lived at Camp Lejeune in base housing from 1980 to 1983. In her original lawsuit, she alleged that she was exposed to chemicals including TCE, PCE, dichloroethane (DCE), vinyl chloride, and benzene through the water supply at the base. She claimed that exposure to these chemicals led her to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Before eventually being dismissed over North Carolina’s statute of repose law, Jones’ case survived an earlier motion to dismiss brought by the government stating that she was time-barred under the Federal Tort Claims Act’s statute of limitations. However, this motion was dismissed when the court asserted that the USMC did not do enough to inform potential victims.

Has a Class Action Lawsuit Already Been Filed?

There is not currently a Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit in the process because until the new legislation passes, the case would be dismissed. However, as soon as the CLJA passes, new lawsuits will begin rolling in, which will likely be consolidated into an MDL class action lawsuit.

Support for consolidation into a class action lawsuit will likely be strong on both sides as this will make litigation cheaper and ease the process of reaching a global settlement compensation deal.

Speak With a Camp Lejeune Lawyer Today

Even though the CLJA has not yet passed, it is not too early to get started on your case. We are talking to victims of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune now, so we will be ready to get lawsuits filed as soon as the new legislation is signed into law.

If you or a loved one were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have since been diagnosed with a related illness, contact us today. Give us a call at (866) 240-2414 or fill out our free case evaluation form to speak with an experienced attorney about your case.

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