Between 1953 and 1987, the water supply at Camp Lejeune, a military base in North Carolina, was contaminated with dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and other serious health problems. The widespread use of industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), and other hazardous substances by base personnel and nearby industries resulted in the aforementioned contamination, which included drinking and bathing water sources.
In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water provided by water treatment plants to the Camp Lejeune military base, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
The ATSDR determined that the Camp Lejeune water wells contained the following toxic chemicals and substances:
These chemicals and substances have been linked to an array of serious, life-threatening medical conditions.
Long-term exposure to these toxic chemicals has been linked to a variety of serious health conditions, including various cancers, neurological disorders, and reproductive issues. Identified health issues associated with the chemicals found in the toxic Camp Lejeune water supply include:
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the medical journal Environmental Health, people stationed at Camp Lejeune when the water was actively contaminated are more likely to die from certain cancers or Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In addition, Camp Lejeune Marines were found to have the following increased health risks after being exposed to the toxic water on base:
Exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune can cause a range of serious health conditions. The initial symptoms of these illnesses may involve changes to your behavior, cognitive functioning, or overall well-being. Symptoms that may develop after consuming the toxic water at Camp Lejeune may include some, or a combination, of the following:
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune has had far-reaching legal implications. For example, estimates indicate more than one million people may have been exposed to toxic substances in the water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. The exposure to toxic chemicals and subsequent health issues have prompted affected individuals and their families to seek legal recourse.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (“CLJA”) allows individuals impacted by the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune to pursue compensation for their harms and losses. Eligible individuals include those who:
Your Camp Lejeune toxic water injury claim will need to be filed with the Department of the Navy (“DON”) for initial review. The DON may offer an elective payout if you meet specific conditions. If a payout is not offered or you decline the payout, your attorney can proceed with filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit against the federal government.
Your attorney will take steps to work to negotiate a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim settlement that accounts for you or your loved one’s medical expenses, pain, and suffering, along with other relevant harms and losses. If your claim cannot be resolved via settlement, your attorney should be willing and able to go to trial and advocate on your behalf.