Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims Can Now Pursue Justice
After the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, marines and their family members who spent time at the North Carolina base from 1953 to 1987 can now sue the government for their injuries after being exposed to extremely harmful chemicals in area drinking water.
As many as one million former servicemembers and their loved ones who were stationed at Camp Lejeune during that time period were exposed to very dangerous chemicals that may have caused a multitude of health problems after they came into contact with hazardous contaminants in the water in base wells.
Some of the conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Birth defects
- Cardiac problems
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Bladder cancer
- Lung cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Renal toxicity
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
Marine Corps servicemembers, their families, and civilian workers stationed at Camp Lejeune during those years were exposed to water contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene, TCE (trichloroethylene), PCE (perchloroethylene), and vinyl chloride. These toxic substances were found in primary water treatment facilities on the base – Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard, according to advocacy group The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten.
People who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more during the years 1953 to 1987 are entitled to file a claim after the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed in August 2022. The Act is part of the Honoring our PACT Act, which is now expected to head to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
Getting justice for Camp Lejeune servicemembers and their loved ones is possible. If you know any marines or their family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune during that time period, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 706-3000 for free legal advice regarding your options ASAP!
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