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Water contamination can cause serious adverse health effects in human beings. Between 1953 and 1987, the water supply at the United States Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, contained contaminants. If you have suffered personal injuries due to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, contact our Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers to schedule a free consultation. We have decades of experience representing clients in personal injury cases.

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Approximately one million service members, civil employees, and family members ingested contaminated water that may have caused serious health issues such as cancer, infections, and disease. You and your loved ones who suffered injuries caused by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune can seek financial compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (888) 488-1391 to schedule a free consultation.

Cancer Diagnoses Linked to Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can damage human health. The United States Marine Corps found these compounds in the water supply at Camp Lejeune in 1982. The following dangerous, volatile, organic compounds were found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune:

  • Approximately seventy toxic chemicals
  • Compounds associated with heavy machinery and equipment
  • Degreasers
  • Dry cleaning solvents

Researchers and agencies have examined the contaminants found in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. One agency that investigated water contamination at Camp Lejeune was the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease. The agency released research findings concerned with the relationship between dangerous health conditions and water contaminants.

Participants in the research studies discovered that Camp Lejeune had an extensive history of contamination related to its water supply. The first instances of contamination occurred in 1953. From 1953 to 1987, military service members, civil employees, and civilians were exposed to dangerous contaminants. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry discovered that in 1985 the United States Marine Corps removed the most severely contaminated wells from Camp Lejeune.

The Origins of Dangerous Chemicals in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

The chemicals in the water supply at Camp Lejeune affected every part of the military base, including the buildings, barracks, and base housing. Also, the contaminants reached the Marine Corps Air Station New River, which is situated near Camp Lejeune.

A total of 8 water treatment facilities served Camp Lejeune and the cities and towns near Camp Lejeune. The source of the water contamination came from two water treatment facilities: the Hadnot Point Treatment Plan and the Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant.

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Chemicals and Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

The chemicals that entered the drinking water at Camp Lejeune came from numerous sources. Researchers have determined that most of the chemicals in the water supply at Camp Lejeune came from underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites. Also, businesses that operated near the military base, and operations conducted by the military near Camp Lejeune, contributed to the contamination of the water supply. Approximately one million people used this drinking water for over three decades.

Research studies regarding Camp Lejeune and its contaminated drinking water revealed that the following dangerous chemicals were found in the water supply:

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Vinyl Chloride

Wire coatings, PVC pipes, and plastic items are all made from vinyl chloride, a colorless gas. Vinyl chloride was found in many different products after the Second World War, including common household products, refrigerants, and makeup.

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Trichloroethylene

Heavy machinery requires extensive maintenance, and degreasers are often used to keep metal machinery in good working order. Trichloroethylene is a degreaser, and exposure to it may cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and kidney cancer. Exposure to Trichloroethylene may also cause cardiac problems and different forms of cancer.

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Tetrachloroethylene

Also known as Perchloroethylene, the chemical Tetrachloroethylene has many different uses and applications. Degreasing machinery and cleaning fabrics are two of the most common uses for Tetrachloroethylene. Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene has been associated with cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and bladder cancer. One dry-cleaning business near Camp Lejeune may have caused Tetrachloroethylene to enter the water supply at Camp Lejeune.

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Benzene

Numerous industrial chemicals contain the organic compound Benzene. Cancer may occur in individuals who are exposed to Benzene for long periods of time. Acute myeloid leukemia occurs in many patients with histories of benzene exposure.

Vinyl chloride, Trichloroethylene, and Benzene are categorized as chemicals that cause cancer in human beings. Tetrachloroethylene is seen as more than likely carcinogenic. Other health problems, including birth defects, may occur in people who have been exposed to these chemicals.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to the water supply at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, contact our reputable California accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation. We have decades of experience representing clients in personal injury cases. We have recovered over $400 million for clients across California.

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The Contaminated Water Supply at Camp Lejeune and Corresponding Medical Problems

Numerous health problems can arise due to exposure to contaminated drinking water. The water supply at Camp Lejeune was found to have chemicals that may cause birth defects, cancer, and other serious health problems.

The following health problems are linked to water contamination at Camp Lejeune:

  • Neurobehavioral problems
  • Miscarriage
  • Birth injuries
  • Renal toxicity
  • Birth defects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bone marrow conditions
  • Adult leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Scleroderma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Tongue cancer
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer

In 2012, The Department of Veterans Affairs set forth many presumptive conditions caused by the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune. Liver disease, kidney disease, and cancer were included among these health conditions. Those who are now veterans with a history of being stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 can receive disability benefits from the Veterans Administration.

Water Supply Contamination, Camp Lejeune, and Lawsuit Updates

The last steps in passing the PACT Act were left incomplete on June 24, 2022, when legislators scrutinized a blue-slip objection by the House of Representatives. The objections focus on having the Senate take out a minor part of the PACT Act.

The United States Senate passed the PACT Act and the Camp Lejeune Act on June 16, 2022. The law would permit United States military veterans to file legal claims against the United States government if those veterans had been exposed to the water supply at Camp Lejeune. President Joe Biden urged the House of Representatives to pass the bill so it could take effect as soon as possible.

Lawmakers participated in a bipartisan agreement to draft legislation that would provide every veteran who faced exposure to toxic chemicals benefits and healthcare provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such action had never occurred before in the United States.

The federal government has tried to obtain healthcare treatment, disability payments, and disability benefits for veterans and their family members who faced health problems caused by the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune.

The Janey Ensminger Act

The Janey Ensminger Act was drafted and put before Congress in 2011. Janey Ensminger, the bill’s namesake, was the daughter of a United States Marine who resided at Camp Lejeune and succumbed to cancer when she was nine years old. The Senate has not passed the Janey Ensminger Act. The bill has awaited the approval of the Senate since May 2019.

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Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act

H.R. 1627 was passed by Congress in 2012. Also known as Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, the bill provided benefits to family members of veterans, as well as to veterans themselves, if certain criteria were met.

The Veterans Administration would give healthcare and Veterans Affairs benefits through H.R. 1627. Also, family members would receive healthcare benefits under this bill.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

Rules added in 2017 provided additional conditions to the substances and disease registry from a 2012 bill titled Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.

The Contaminated Water Supply at Camp Lejeune and Lawsuits Against the United States Government

The contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, and the effects on service members, civilian employees, and their family members, have given rise to numerous lawsuits filed against the federal government. The spouse of a Marine who was stationed at Camp Lejeune filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2019. Also, in 2011, a marine who had long retired filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that his breast cancer diagnosis was caused by the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune.

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The Camp Lejeune Justice Act

Those who had lived at Camp Lejeune for at least thirty days from 1953 to 1987 can invoke the Camp Lejeune Justice Act to file legal claims against the United States Government and seek monetary compensation for their injuries. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act applies to civil employees, family members, and military service members. Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, injured plaintiffs can seek financial compensation for their injuries.

However, the case will resemble mass tort and personal injury cases. All cases filed under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act would be consolidated in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Also, the provisions of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act would preempt the state law of North Carolina and all state laws that prohibit such actions. These federal laws constitute a major victory for the sick and injured individuals who were harmed due to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987.

The bill also permits those who were fetuses at the time of exposure to the contaminated water supply to pursue financial compensation for their injuries. Thousands of military service members and their family members will file legal claims in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina. One federal judge will oversee these cases in multidistrict litigation.

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Which Individuals May Bring Legal Claims in a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Supply Case?

You may have the right to file a legal claim against the federal government regarding water contamination at Camp Lejeune if you or a loved one meet the following criteria:

  • Suffered health issues such as cancer caused by contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune
  • Suffered exposure to the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of thirty days from August 1, 1952, to December 31, 1987
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Can I Receive Benefits or Monetary Compensation for My Injuries?

Injured plaintiffs may receive financial compensation and healthcare benefits depending on the circumstances of their particular cases.

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How Can I Obtain Healthcare Benefits or Disability Compensation?

Individuals seeking benefits must file a claim for disability compensation and submit the following supporting evidence:

  • Medical records demonstrating an individual has at least one or more of the eight health problems on the presumptive conditions list
  • Military records prove that an individual served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for a minimum of thirty days from August 1953 to December 1987. The records may show an individual was an active duty member of a branch of the United States military or a member of the National Guard or Reserves.

Claimants may file claims by visiting VA.gov or seeking assistance from a veteran service officer. Also, claimants can get the help they need at a VA regional office. Upload physician’s reports and medical examination results along with your application.

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Can I Obtain These Benefits If I Am a Family Member?

Family members need to file claims for disability compensation and provide the following items of evidence:

  • Medical records demonstrating you have one of the fifteen medical conditions listed. You will also need to provide an approximate date of diagnosis and that you are currently being treated for this illness or that you were treated for this illness in the past.
  • Documentation establishing that you resided at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for a minimum of thirty days between August 1953 and December 1987. Examples include tax documents, military orders, housing records, and utility bills.
  • A document demonstrating a relationship with a veteran who served on active duty for a minimum of thirty days at Camp Lejeune. Examples of applicable documents include adoption papers, birth certificates, and marriage licenses.

Also, you must offer evidence that you spent money on healthcare treatment for your medical condition during one of the following time periods:

  • Between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1956. If an individual resided at Camp Lejeune during this period of time, the federal government would reimburse the individual for medical treatment received on or after December 16, 2014, and up to two years before the date of a benefits application.
  • Between January 1, 1957, and December 31, 1987. If an individual resided at Camp Lejeune during this period of time, the federal government would reimburse the individual for medical care received on or after August 6, 2012, and up to two years before the date of the benefits application.
One important document to include in a claim is a Camp Lejeune Family Member Program Treating Physician Report. You can request that your physician complete this form and sign it before submitting it. The form is not required, but it can help satisfy eligibility requirements.
Damages and Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Supply Lawsuits

When an individual experiences physical and emotional loss, they suffer damages. The following damages may be included in a Camp Lejeune contaminated water supply case:

  • Compensatory damages
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of consortium, enjoyment of life, and companionship
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Disability benefits
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Supply Lawsuits and Determining Liability

During a Camp Lejeune water supply contamination case, defendants who may be liable include persons or groups that contributed to someone’s injury or diagnosis, the federal government, businesses that may have damaged the water supply, and regulatory agencies. Skilled personal injury lawyers can establish the defendant’s liability in Camp Lejeune contaminated water supply cases.

Retaining a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Supply Lawyer

After you obtain the evidence and documents relevant to your case, contact Arash Law at (888) 488-1391 to schedule a free consultation with the team of Arash Khorsandi. We can help you develop your case strategy and determine the amount of damages you should claim. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of water supply contamination cases and other legal cases related to toxic exposure.

Many of our skilled and knowledgeable personal injury lawyers have represented plaintiffs in class action cases against medical device companies and pharmaceutical companies. If you suffered health problems due to being exposed to the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries. You likely have medical bills and lost wages due to health conditions brought on by your exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The dedicated team at Arash Law led by Arash Khorsandi, Esq. will analyze the facts and circumstances of your case and seek financial compensation on your behalf. Call us today at (888) 488-1391 to schedule a free consultation. We have decades of experience, and we have recovered over $400 million for our clients.

We serve clients in San FranciscoRiversideSacramentoSan JoseLos AngelesSan Diego, Sherman Oaks, and throughout California. We have collected over $400 million for clients across California.