Camp Lejeune Toxic Water

Obtaining Justice for Those Harmed by the Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

It is unknown the exact number of people affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, but it is believed the number could be over a million. From 1953 to 1987, men, women, and children stationed at the marine corps base ingested the toxic water. The compounds found in the water have been linked to devastating health conditions, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease. At Virginia Beach Injury Law, we can help secure the recovery you deserve if you were diagnosed with a serious health problem after being stationed at Camp Lejeune. Attorney Ron Kramer II is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He understands what you and your family are going through and will fight to obtain justice. Contact our office now at (757) 802-4662 for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

What Is in the Water at Camp Lejeune?

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found in the drinking water provided by two water treatment plants on the Camp Lejeune marine corps base. The discovery was made as early as 1982.  The volatile organic compounds found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune include:
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Benzene
It is believed that these contaminants increased the risk of cancers and other critical health conditions for people at the camp, including military and naval personnel. If you or a loved one was stationed at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987 and were subsequently diagnosed with a serious health condition, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our office now to speak with an attorney about your case.

Can I File a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claim?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 allows individuals who were exposed to contaminated water at the military base to bring a cause of action based on their harm. Pursuant to the act, an individual who “resided, worked or was otherwise exposed (including in utero)” for at least 30 days from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, may bring a claim for damages.  The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was signed into law in 2022 as part of the Honoring Our PACT Act which significantly expanded services and health care to veterans nationwide. Prior to the passage of this law, there were few legal remedies for veterans affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.  Individuals who have suffered harm as a result of the toxic water at the military base should contact a Camp Lejeune claim attorney for a free consultation. 

How Many People Were Affected by the Toxic Water?

The ATSDR estimates that up to one million people were exposed to the contaminated drinking water at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina. The true impact of the contaminated water remains unknown. 

What Illnesses Did the Contaminated Water Cause?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has named eight “presumptive conditions” and several other potentially related illnesses that may have been caused by drinking the toxic water. Illnesses related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune include:
  • Bladder cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Lung cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Birth defects
  • Breast cancer
  • Scleroderma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Female infertility
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Aplastic anemia
Additional allegations include that the toxic drinking water may have led to the premature death of several children and babies. Servicemen and women stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, subsequently diagnosed with one or more of these conditions may have a valid claim for damages. It is strongly recommended that you contact a qualified Camp Lejeune claim lawyer for a free consultation. 

Do I Need an Attorney?

If you or a family member were diagnosed with one of the presumptive conditions or other illnesses listed above after drinking the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you need an attorney. Recently passed legislation enables servicemembers and their families to file a cause of action for damages related to their exposure.  Research shows that there was evidence of toxic compounds in the water as early as 1982. Despite this information, little to nothing was done to compensate those that were harmed after ingesting the dangerous water. An attorney can help ensure that justice is served and you receive the compensation you deserve. 

How Much Is My Case Worth?

While there is no average amount of compensation awarded to Camp Lejeune victims and their families, an attorney can help determine how much you should ask for in damages. Potential damages in a Camp Lejeune toxic water case may include compensation for your:
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship
  • Future medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
Compensation often depends on the severity of the illness. It is essential to provide all medical documents related to your health. Veterans, reservists, and guardsmen may also be able to file for disability benefits through the VA. To prove your case, you will also need to provide a copy of your service records. 

Why Put Your Trust in Virginia Beach Injury Law?

Attorney Ron Kramer II is an experienced attorney and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. The duration of his enlistment was spent with the Third Battalion, Eighth Marines. He was deployed multiple times, including to Haiti (Operation Secure Tomorrow), Fallujah, Iraq, and Ramadi, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He understands the sacrifices that servicemembers make and will fight tirelessly to protect their rights. As an attorney, he has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients and will not rest until justice is served. 

Hiring an Experienced Camp Lejeune Claim Attorney

If you suffered harm after drinking the water at Camp Lejeune you need a dedicated, honest lawyer that will not give up on your case. Call Virginia Beach Injury Law today for a free consultation. Contact our office at (757) 802-4662 to speak directly with an attorney. All Camp Lejeune case evaluations are confidential and without obligation to retain our services.

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