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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Attorneys

Time is running out for servicemembers, their family members, and civilian workers harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune to take action. The statute of limitations expires on August 10, 2024.

Your Right to Compensation for Camp Lejeune Injuries

During the years 1953-1987, water supplies at Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) were found to be contaminated with a number of hazardous chemicals linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, birth defects, and other potentially life-threatening injuries.

Over one million people lived at Camp Lejeune within this time period: active duty and former military service members, families, non-military staff, and others.

If you, a family member, or a loved one has suffered health effects as a result of the exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible to participate in the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit—but you need to act fast.

File a Claim Before the August 10th Deadline

To preserve your right to seek justice and compensation, you must act swiftly to determine your eligibility and initiate the legal process before the window to take action closes.

The statute of limitations sets a time limit on how long an individual has to file a lawsuit. In the context of Camp Lejeune cases, all claims must be filed (or, for administrative claims, submitted to the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, or JAG) within two years after the enactment of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

The statute of limitations on all Camp Lejeune claims expires on August 10, 2024.

With the statute of limitations quickly approaching, those considering moving forward with a claim must act swiftly. Before our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys can submit a claim on your behalf, we need to gather evidence, including:

  • Medical records documenting the injury and diagnosis
  • Housing records, military orders, records of service, DD214 discharge papers, and other evidence of time spent on Camp Lejeune

In claims pursued by family members on behalf of a deceased individual, an estate must also be opened with an appointed representative.

In order to pursue a claim, this evidence is crucial. We need to gather all of this essential evidence and prepare your claim for submission before the August 10, 2024, legal deadline, which makes understanding the urgency of the situation critical for potential plaintiffs.

What Was Found in the Water at Camp Lejeune?

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The Camp Lejeune water contamination incident is one of the worst cases of water contamination in US history.

Over three decades, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune was supplied with water that was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs):

  • dry cleaning solvents
  • degreasers
  • chemicals used on heavy machinery
  • almost seventy (70) other toxic substances

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease (ATSDR) has deeply studied water contamination at Camp Lejeune and its related health effects. The agency has published numerous pages detailing the links between water contamination and a host of often fatal illnesses.

Where Did The Toxic Chemicals in the Water Come From?

The water contamination spanned the entire area: base housing and buildings, and also Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River. MCAS New River is located very close to Camp Lejeune.

Sources of the contaminated water include two of the eight water treatment facilities that supplied Camp Lejeune and surrounding areas with water: Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant and Hadnot Point Treatment Plant.

Toxic Substances that Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune

Leaking from waste disposal sites, underground storage tanks, businesses on the base, and from military operations, toxic chemicals made their way into drinking water sources used by upwards of a million people over 30+ years.

Studies on the water at Camp Lejeune discovered various toxic chemicals, including:

  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Benzene

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)

The industrial chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as PCE or PERC, has been used in a variety of applications, including dry-cleaning fabrics, degreasing metal machinery, and manufacturing other chemicals. In recent years, however, studies have linked exposure to PERC to an increased risk of bladder cancer, multiple myeloma, or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as neurobehavioral effects.

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a chemical used as a degreaser for metal machinery. Exposure to TCE can potentially lead to kidney cancer, non-hodgkin lymphoma, other cancers, and cardiac effects.

Vinyl Chloride

Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas that is used in the production of many plastic products, including PVC pipes and wire coatings. Historically, vinyl chloride was also used in products like makeup, refrigerants, and household consumables. Heavy exposure to vinyl chloride has been linked to multiple myeloma, liver cancer, and other cancers.

Benzene

Benzene is an organic compound found in a number of industrial chemicals. Chronic exposure to benzene has been linked to cancer. There is a strong association to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and other forms of leukemia.

Water contamination at Camp Lejeune can result in a number of serious health effects. Scientific and medical evidence points to various toxic chemicals found at Camp Lejeune to conditions such as cancer, birth defects, and more.

Health effects related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune include:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other bone marrow conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Birth defects and birth injury
  • Neurobehavioral effects

In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a list of presumptive conditions related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune. The conditions on the list include cancer, kidney disease, and liver disease.

Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune during the relevant time period may be eligible for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration.

Action from the Federal Government for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims

Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Updates

August 10, 2022: President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan PACT Act into law on August 10, 2022. The PACT Act includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, a historic bill for veterans who were stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

June 24, 2022: Final passage of the PACT Act is on hold as lawmakers work out a blue-slip objection by the House, which has requested the Senate remove a minor provision.

June 16, 2022: The Senate passed the Honoring Our PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Act. When signed into law, it will allow veterans who were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to file lawsuits against the U.S. government. In a statement issued on June 16, President Joe Biden said: “I urge the House to swiftly pass this bill so I can sign it into law right away.”

May 2022: Legislators announced a bipartisan agreement on comprehensive legislation to deliver all generations of veterans who were exposed to toxic materials their earned healthcare and benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time in U.S. history.

Summer 2024: With the statute of limitations expiring on August 10, 2024, prospective plaintiffs are running out of time to take action. To ensure you don’t miss the deadline to submit your claim, contact Anapol Weiss’s Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys today for a free consultation.

Janey Ensminger Act

In 2011, the Janey Ensminger Act was introduced. The bill is named for a marine’s daughter who lived at Camp Lejeune and subsequently died of cancer at the age of nine. The Janey Ensminger Act has still yet to be passed, and has been awaiting senate approval since May 2019.

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

Congress passed H.R.1627 – Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act in 2012. This piece of legislation granted some benefits to veterans, family members, and others who were exposed if they met certain standards.

Through this bill, the Veterans Administration would provide health care benefits and VA compensation benefits to veterans. In addition, the bill also provides health care benefits to family members, just not VA compensation benefits.

Department of Veterans Affairs: Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune (2017)

This 2017 rule added more conditions to the substances and disease registry included in the 2012 Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the United States Government over Camp Lejeune water contamination.

  • 2009: The wife of a marine corps member stationed at Camp Lejeune filed a lawsuit.
  • 2011: Another lawsuit was filed by a retired marine that claimed his breast cancer diagnosis was related to contaminated drinking water at the base.

The PACT Act Signed into Law on Aug 10th, 2022

The PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, provides a path to file a claim against the U.S. government and secure monetary compensation for service members, families, workers, and any other person who resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987.

The new law allows claimants to pursue legal action against the U.S. Government in the same way mass tort and personal injury litigation is handled. The cases will be consolidated in the U.S. District Court: Eastern District of North Carolina.

Upon signing the act into law, President Joe Biden said, “The PACT Act is the least we can do for the countless men and women, many of whom may be in this room for all I know, who suffered toxic exposure while serving their country.” This is a major step forward for victims suffering from certain diseases that they developed as a result of toxic water consumption at Camp Lejeune. In addition, the law allows persons who were in-utero (not yet born) at the time of exposure to seek compensation.

We anticipate thousands of military personnel and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune and injured from this water contamination to file lawsuits in federal court in North Carolina.

Filing a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Any person stationed, living or working at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987 may be eligible to file a claim.

Gathering Evidence

Evidence relating to water contamination can include a number of documents relating to your or a loved one’s time spent at the marine corps base.

Evidence in a water contamination lawsuit may include:

  • Documents proving residence at Camp Lejeune
  • Military service records indicating dates and locations served
  • Medical records and diagnoses
  • Medical bills
  • Travel records
  • Health care information
  • Records on disability benefits or VA compensation benefits

Hiring a Camp Lejeune Contamination Lawyer

After securing and organizing pieces of key evidence, your next steps should include hiring a lawyer. A lawyer will help you to refine your case and assess damages so that you can make a viable claim for compensation.

Anapol Weiss has vast experience with both water contamination and other environmental exposure lawsuits. In addition, many of our attorneys have led the charge in pursuing mass actions against pharmaceutical, medical device and other powerful entities and agencies, including:

  • Sol Weiss co- lead counsel in the NFL Concussion case;
  • Tracy Finken Magnotta co-lead in the Zantac Multi-District Litigation;
  • Thomas Anapol and James Ronca as co-leads in multiple national orthopedic litigation cases;
  • The firm has also represented thousands of individual claimants in asbestos, Roundup, and water contamination litigation.

If your health has been compromised by exposure to water at Camp Lejeune, our legal team can help you get the compensation you deserve. Start with a free, instant online case evaluation. The dedicated team at Anapol Weiss will examine your case and fight on your behalf for fair compensation for your injuries and any resulting medical expenses or lost wages from missed work.

Assessing Damages in a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

Damages are any losses, both physical and mental/emotional, that a person suffers.

In a Camp Lejeune water contamination case, damages may include:

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits