It is devastating to learn that some of our most brave men and women at Camp Lejeune were exposed to contaminated water. If you or a loved one was stationed, lived, or worked at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune from August 1953 to December 1987 and had cancer or another severe illness, the contaminated water is likely to blame.
While it has been more than two decades since the incident, there’s still no justice for the military vets, their families, and compatriots who, until today, continue to suffer the effects of consumption of the contaminated water.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
According to reports, exposure to hazardous substances from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune resulted in the diagnosis of numerous cancers and other serious ailments. The drinking water at this Camp contained up to 300 times the allowed amounts of hazardous substances. Benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC) were among the hazardous substances found.
Devastatingly, the service members, their families, and compatriots stationed at the camp between 1953 and 1987 consumed the contaminated water for a while. Years later, it is no surprise that these service members have developed severe medical conditions that limit their work and the full potential of life itself.
The waste disposal sites and underground storage tanks discharged harmful substances into the groundwater. Although the tanks were mostly closed by February 1985, persons exposed to the toxic chemicals are still suffering significant injuries or have perished due to these fatal poisons.
Chemicals known as ‘volatile organic compounds’ affected two water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. These substances are known carcinogens that are harmful to humans.
Injuries Associated with Camp Lejeune
Military Vets, their families, and their compatriots who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may be eligible for health payments for illnesses caused by contaminated water on the base.
These are some of the conditions associated with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune:
- Kidney Cancer
- Lymphoma (Non- Hodgkin’s)
- Multiple Myeloma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Kidney Illness
- Sclerosis (Systemic)
- Defects in the Heart
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Breast Cancer(Male or Female)
- Rectal Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Central Nervous System (CNS) Cancer (Brain or Spinal Cord)
- Infertility both in males and females
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a bipartisan initiative that will help ensure that anyone who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and was later diagnosed with cancer or another severe illness receives reasonable compensation.
Tragically, many veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water and who suffered severe illnesses have had their claims refused unfairly, causing more injury. Previous claims were also either delayed or denied outright.
The newly passed bill in Washington, D.C., will assist veterans and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune in receiving the assistance they need. It is part of the Honoring Our Pact Act 2022, passed by the United States House of Representatives on March 4, 2022.
Through this act, veterans and their families will be able to file a claim for financial damages in federal court in the United States if they were stationed, lived, worked, or were exposed in utero to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
Our law firm is now investigating claims from veterans, family members, and others stationed or employed at the Marine Corps Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for toxic chemical ailments caused by exposure to contaminated water.
If you or a loved one was stationed, resided, or worked at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune and was diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness due to hazardous chemicals then there is hope. You may be entitled to cash compensation and medical benefits. Contact our lawyers at Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers about your claims today. (312) 600.6000.