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Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Lawsuit Attorneys. It is time to claim justice. If you or a loved one lived or worked on or near the military base Camp Lejeune and developed a health condition, speak to one of our skilled Camp LeJeune contaminated water Lawyers now, for free. Call (314) 500-HURT or reach us online now.

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Dedicated Camp LeJeune Lawyers. With a team of experienced and passionate trial lawyers, Burger Law is the law firm best equipped to represent you and your family. This tragedy is close to home for us and we will not rest until every person harmed by the contaminated water supply that the U.S. government failed to prevent or address in a timely manner has received a full recovery for their damages. From Burger Law, you have a Camp Lejeune lawyer who cares deeply and will work relentlessly for you and your family's restoration.

Camp Lejeune is a U.S. military base where, between the years of 1953 and 1987, residents and workers were exposed to contaminated water. If you developed cancer or another health condition, experienced birth defects or your loved one lost their life after living or working at Camp Lejeune, you finally have legal recourse.

Our team of top litigators and trial lawyers will fight tenaciously to get you the compensation you deserve. It is time to hold the U.S. government and other involved parties to account for their negligence. With our history of winning, reputation for taking on tough cases and our extreme commitment to our clients, we are the Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawyers you want on your side.

What Happened at Camp Lejeune?

What happened at Camp Lejeune?

Camp Lejeune is a large military base located on the coast of North Carolina, opened in 1942. From 1953 to 1987, those on the base were exposed to drinking water contaminated with dangerous toxins. Not only service members, but also civilian workers and families of service members, were affected. It is considered by many as the worst drinking water contamination in the history of the United States.

The base is supplied by eight water treatment plants. Between 1953 - 1987 two of those plants, the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants, contained finished drinking water contaminated with several volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The VOCs found in the water supply are known to cause a number of cancers, birth defects and other serious health complications.

It was not until 1982 that the Marine Corps discovered the toxic water supply. During the nearly 40 years that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, as many as one million military service members, family members of service members and civilian staff were exposed to the dangerous chemicals. In some cases, the toxic compounds were present at a concentration of well over 3,000 times the accepted standard.

How Could I Be Exposed to Contaminated Water?

How Could I Be Exposed to Contaminated Water?

There are so many ways you can be exposed to toxic water. In the case of Camp Lejeune, people who lived or worked on the base could have been exposed to the contaminated water during their work or daily life. Children or fetuses that were gestating while the mother was living or working on or near the base could have been exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune prenatally. Either of your own agency or while in the womb, there are many different ways you could have come in contact with the toxic chemicals in the Camp Lejuene water supply. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may need the help of a practiced Camp Lejeune lawyer to help prove your exposure and resulting damages.

Using the running water on the base in any of the following ways could have exposed you to the toxic chemicals.

  1. Drinking
  2. Bathing
  3. Cleaning
  4. Cooking
What Chemicals Were in the Water Supply?

What chemicals were in the water supply?

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) investigated the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and discovered extremely high levels of several dangerous toxins. Though there were a number of different toxins in the marine base water supply, the primary chemicals were volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Specifically, the following chemicals were present in the Camp Lejeune water supply at dangerous levels.

  1. Perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene (PCE) - an industrial solvent commonly used in dry-cleaning, metal degreasing and chemical manufacturing and the primary contaminant found in the Tarawa Terrace water supply. Health effects include bladder cancer and other conditions.
  2. Trichloroethylene (TCE) - a degreaser used with machinery and the primary toxin present in the Hadnot Point water. TCE injected or absorbed into the body through the skin causes kidney cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, cardiac problems and other cancers.
  3. Vinyl Chloride - an industrial compound used to produce PVC pipes and other plastic products. Health problems include liver cancer and other cancers.
  4. Benzene - an organic compound used in plastics manufacturing and other material production. Exposure can lead to leukemia, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and complications such as immune system compromise, birth defects and reproductive issues.

The above VOCs are not the only chemicals that were found in the Camp Lejeune water supply. In fact, almost 70 other hazardous chemicals, including mercury and lead, were present in the water and have been detected at unacceptable levels on the base. You can view the Environmental Protection Agency's complete list of the contaminants of concern, or COCs, online. These are dangerous chemicals that are hazardous and present in such volumes that the EPA considers them an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.

What Symptoms and Diseases Did the Contaminated Water Cause?

What Symptoms and Diseases Did the Contaminated Water Cause?

With such a wide array of hazardous chemicals in the water supply, one can only imagine that the resulting illnesses and symptoms suffered vary from one victim to the next. One million military members, civilian staff and families of service members could be affected by the toxic chemicals in the water, either by consuming the contaminated water themselves or when the mother uses the contaminated water while pregnant.

The compounds contaminating the water at Camp Lejeune is known to cause a number of cancers and several other serious or life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Adult Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemiaand other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Scleroderma
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Infertility in women
  • Lung Cancer
  • Neurobehavioral Effects (like ALS& Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Birth defects and birth injury
  • Miscarriage

The VA, or US Department of Veteran Affairs, has named a select number of presumptive conditions. What this means is that, if you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions and you served a minimum of 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, you are presumed to have been harmed during service and are considered eligible for benefits and possibly additional compensation through the VA. To be eligible for these benefits, you must be a veteran, current or former reservist or current or former National Guard member.

The presumptive conditions named by the VA in the Camp Lejeune contaminated water case are:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Parkinson's disease

Do not settle for less than full compensation for the damages you have suffered at the hands of the U.S. government. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the 40 years that the drinking water was contaminated, call our Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawyers now at (314) 500-HURT. We will demand and fight for the best possible recovery in your case.

You do not have to be a military veteran in order to receive the financial recovery you deserve. The toxic drinking water harmed one million people including civilians and families of military service members. If you or someone you love were exposed to the contaminated drinking water and developed a health condition, we will bring you justice. Speak to theC Camp Lejeune lawyers at Burger Law for free online now.

How do I get compensation for my water contamination-related damages?

It has already been a long and grueling battle to pursue legal justice in the case of the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune. Finally, it is possible for the brave individuals who chose to serve our country, military families and civilian staff members who worked at Camp Lejeune to hold the United States government accountable for their negligence and to recover compensation for the grave health damages they have suffered as a result of exposure to the contaminated water. To do so, you need a skilled and knowledgeable Camp Lejeune attorney like those of Burger Law.

Originally, North Carolina’s statute of repose limited anyone, even with a lawyer, from filing any tort claim after more than 10 years after the date of the incident. Because nearly 40 years had passed before the military recognized the dangerous water supply contamination, it was impossible for those affected by the contamination to seek justice.

In 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act originally created in 2021 was combined with the Honoring our PACT Act and passed into federal law. This law allows anyone exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 to file a claim in order to recover compensation for the harm they experienced as a result of the toxic water.

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We can finally right the past decades of wrongs committed by the United States government and demand the full recovery you and your family deserve. If you or your family member lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987 and developed cancer or other health problems as a result, you can make a claim to recover compensation for the harm you have experienced.

Contact a Camp Lejeune attorney about your case right away. If you have become seriously ill or your loved one lost their life due to health complications related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you deserve to be made whole and our Camp Lejeune lawyers are here to make that happen. Our fierce and diligent injury trial attorneys will demand justice and will not rest until you receive the maximum available compensation for your damages in your Camp Ljeune toxic water lawsuit.

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