Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Lawyers
Camp LeJeune is a U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp training facility in LeJeune, North Carolina. Some of our country’s best and brightest military personnel have trained at the Camp. What makes it so unique is the long stretches of beach that surround it, which makes it an ideal training spot for water and land combat. It has recently been discovered that from 1953 to 1987, military members who lived and worked at Camp LeJeune were exposed to high levels of contaminated water. This included the water they bathed in, water they drank, and water they cooked with. Amazingly, government officials knew of this dangerous water contamination for decades and never did anything about it. It is believed that approximately 750,000 people were exposed to the contaminants.
In 1982, volatile organic compounds (known as “VOCs” were found in the drinking water that was produced by multiple water treatment plants at Camp LeJeune. Dating all the way back to 1953, and continuing until 1987, traces of perchloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), Benzene, and vinyl chloride were routinely found in the drinking water. These levels have been determined by the federal government to exceed the EPA maximum levels of contamination by several hundred times. These high contamination levels came from the water treatment plants at Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point.
What injuries did the water contamination at Camp LeJeune cause?
Unsurprisingly, high levels of chemicals in water can cause very significant problems. Specifically with Camp LeJeune, the injuries that have been caused by the contaminated water include:
|Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma||Parkinson’s Disease|
|Bladder Cancer||Cardiac Defects|
|Kidney Cancer||Systemic Sclerosis and scleroderma|
|Multiple Myeloma||Pancreatic Cancer|
|All types of Leukemia||Breast cancer for men and women|
|Liver Cancer||Rectal Cancer|
|Kidney Disease||Prostate Cancer|
|Esophageal Cancer||Brain/CNS cancers|
What was causing the contaminated water at Camp LeJeune?
The water treatment facility at Hadnot Point opened in 1942 and provided water to the following areas: Berkley Manor, Paradise Point, Hospital Point Family Housing, Mainside Barracks, and Family Housing at Midway Park. Tarawa Terrace opened operations in 1952 and provided water to the Knox Trailer Park and to Tarawa Terrace family housing. The question is: What caused the water contamination at Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace? What was uncovered long after the government knew about it was that underground storage tanks were leaking contaminants into the water, along with waste from industrial spills and waste disposal sites. At Tarawa Terrace, the main contamination was caused by an off-base dry cleaning company called ABC One-Hour Cleaners. The company disposed of its chemicals and other contaminants into the ground, which directly affected the underground water supply.
While the water was continuously contaminated from 1953 to 1987, the wells that were the most contaminated were eventually shut down in 1985.
Can I sue the government for giving me cancer or other injuries due to the contaminated water at Camp LeJeune?
Currently, lawsuits cannot be filed for these injuries. Things are about to change, though. There is currently a bill that is likely to pass the House and the Senate that will allow military members who were injured by the water at Camp LeJeune to file a lawsuit. The bill has the support of both Democrats and Republicans. If the bill passes, anyone who was on the Camp LeJeune base for more than 30 days between 1953 and 1987, and who sustained an injury as described above, may be eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation. These potential injured people include Marines, Seabees, family members who were on base, and civilians and government contractors who were at Camp LeJeune.
We feel confident this bill is going to be signed into law, and we will be happy to discuss the potential merits of your case with you. If you or a loved one was at Camp LeJeune for more than 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and has any of the medical conditions described above, please contact us today for your free evaluation. Together we can hold the United States government accountable for its gross misconduct in allowing our military members (and their families) to be subjected to such life-changing injuries.