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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

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North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune is lauded as the largest Marine Corps Base on the east coast. Countless service members, their families and civilians who lived and worked at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune training facility between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 may have been exposed to toxic water sources that are believed to cause birth defects, cancer and other life-altering diseases.

Fast-tracked elective payout for Camp Lejeune claims insufficient

Sept. 29, 2023

The Marines, family members and civilian workers who worked or lived on the base, are desperate for the answers and resources they need to move forward with their lives. Until recently, their pleas for action have largely been ignored. Read more in this blog post from Joe Rice.

A new federal law allows people who suffered negative health effects after being exposed to toxic water on the base for at least 30 days to seek compensation for harms the VA or the Department of the Navy previously declined to cover. If you believe you were affected, we can help.

Read the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 (H.R. 3967).

Contact a toxic exposure attorney

If you or a loved one served or worked at Camp Lejeune between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 and developed severe health complications, a knowledgeable toxic exposure attorney can help you weigh your options for compensation and discuss your potential eligibility to file suit under the Honoring our PACT Act. We are available at any time by email or call 866.855.9017 for more information.

Camp Lejeune presumptive illnesses

Toxic water at Camp Lejeune has been traced to multiple sources, including a dry cleaning operation, multiple underground fuel storage tanks believed to have leaked at least a million gallons of fuel, and other improper toxic chemical dumping.
According to the VA, two base wells that were closed in 1985 contained the following toxins:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • Benzene
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Other compounds

Unsafe levels of base toxins have been linked to numerous diseases and other health problems including: 

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Cardiac Birth Defects
  • Cancers such as:
    • Bladder cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Liver cancer
    • Multiple Myeloma
    • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
    • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Other kidney disease/end stage renal disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Systemic Scleroderma or Systemic Sclerosis

The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022

While health problems associated with Camp Lejeune have been well documented, recourse for impacted service members, their family members and others who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune remained largely elusive for years. The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 provides an overdue path to justice by allowing impacted people to seek compensation for harms the VA and the Department of the Navy previously declined to cover. Read more.

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