People who lived or worked at the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina from 1953 to 1987 were exposed to water that had been contaminated with benzene, industrial solvents, and other chemicals. This contaminated water led to deaths and illnesses. Lawsuits are being filed to help get justice for these victims and their families.
Do You Qualify for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
To qualify for the Camp Lejeune lawsuit, you will need to show that you:
- Are a veteran or service member (or are a family member of a veteran or service member) that served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.
- Are a contractor or individual who worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987.
- Lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.
- You have one of the illnesses that has been associated with contaminated groundwater (see below).
If you think that you might qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, contact The Guardian Legal Network to be put in touch with an experienced Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney. Even if you are unsure if you fully qualify or have a suitable claim, you may still reach out to our team so that we can connect you with the proper resources.
What Happened at Camp Lejeune?
The United States Marine Corps established the Camp Lejeune Base in North Carolina in 1942. Between 1953 and 1987, people who lived or worked at the base were exposed to contaminated water.
In the early 1980s, the Marine Corps discovered that two of the eight water treatment plants on the base contained contaminated water. Water from the Tarawa Terrace water plant was primarily contaminated by PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene). People living and working on or near the base were thus exposed to the contaminated water and eventually began showing symptoms of illnesses and diseases.
The Dangers of Contaminated Groundwater
Studies show that the contaminants that were found in the Camp Lejeune water can raise the risk of cancers and many other serious health problems.
Some of the health conditions that have been associated with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune include:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- Aplastic Anemia
- Brain Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer (Male)
- Birth Defects
- Cervical Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Female Infertility
- Fetal Death
- Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver)
- Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Kidney Disease
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney/Renal Failure
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Disease
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Ovarian Cancer
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Prostate Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Renal Toxicity
- Systemic Sclerosis
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Compensation and Proof
Compensation in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is determined by your personal circumstances like your specific illnesses, how long you were exposed to the contaminated groundwater, when illnesses started to manifest, and the work of your lawyer while filing and arguing your claim.
To file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, you will need to prove that:
- You are a veteran, a family member of a veteran, a contractor or a non-military personnel who lived at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.
- You lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.
- Medical records that you have one of the illnesses listed above.
It’s important to remember that you do not need to have proof before getting in contact with a lawyer and starting the process of filing your claim. You and your lawyer will work together to find sources and documentation for this proof once connected.
Timeline of Camp Lejeune Contamination Lawsuit
Some of the key events of the Camp Lejeune contamination and subsequent lawsuits include:
- 1980s – Marine Corps began testing the water and discovered the contamination.
- 1999 – The USMC began notifying former base residents that they may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water.
- July 2009 – A former resident of Camp Lejeune, Laura Jones, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the contaminated water.
- March 2010 – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determined that a veteran’s cancer was caused by his exposure to the contaminated water and awarded him 100% disability benefits.
- January 2011 – A retired marine, Joel Shriberg, filed a suit against the U.S. government, claiming that Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water caused his cancer.
- 2011 – Ten Camp Lejeune lawsuits were consolidated in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia.
- August 2012 – The Janey Ensminger Act, part of the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, becomes law, authorizing medical care to military and family members who resided at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 and who developed conditions linked to water contamination.
- March 2021 – The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 was introduced to Congress. This bill allows the service members, families, and civilian workers who drank and bathed in toxic water in Camp Lejeune (for at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987) to file a claim and bring a lawsuit to present evidence that their health issues or a loved one’s death may be linked to their exposure.
- March 2022 – The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 was passed by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate as part of H.R. 3967.
- August 10, 2022 – President Biden signed the “Honoring Our PACT Act” which included the The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, which allows for those affected by Camp Lejeune’s water contaimnination to seek resitution under the law for their injuries.
Filing a Camp Lejeune Contamination Lawsuit
If you or a loved one was exposed to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water from 1953 to 1987 and is now experiencing health problems or has died, you should consider filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. This will help you get access to resources that will help you or your family with water-contamination health issues and help you obtain compensation.
The Guardian Legal Network has put together free resources and an experienced legal network to help Camp Lejeune victims get the justice they deserve. Contact The Guardian Legal Network now to find out more about joining a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
See if You Have a Case
It’s time for the brave men and women who served our country and their families to receive justice. If you or a loved one was at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and think that your health problems or your loved one’s death were caused by exposure to contaminated water, you should contact Guardian Legal Network today. We will put you in touch with an experienced Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney who will fight to get you the justice you deserve.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-Background,” https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/background.html. Accessed May 15, 2022.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-Overview,” https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/overview.html. Accessed May 15, 2022.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “Health effects linked with trichlorethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride exposure,” https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/tce_pce.html. Accessed May 15, 2022.
- Proposed “Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, ” https://cartwright.house.gov/uploadedfiles/camp_lejeune_text_-_2021.pdf. Accessed May 14, 2022.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination,” https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/. Accessed May 14, 2022.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Camp Lejeune water contamination health issues,” https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/camp-lejeune-water-contamination/. Accessed May 14, 2022.