Camp Lejeune is a United States Marine Corps base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. From 1953 to 1987, the base’s drinking water was contaminated with a variety of chemicals, including trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride. These chemicals have been linked to several serious health problems, including cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders.
Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Diseases
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) designated multiple diseases as presumptively linked to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune:
- Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Liver disease
Camp Lejeune Justice Act
In 2022, Congress passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows people who were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to file lawsuits against the federal government. The law also provides for a two-year deadline to file claims.
As of July 2023, more than 100 lawsuits have been filed under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. The lawsuits allege that the government knew about the water contamination but failed to take steps to protect the health of its service members and their families.
The outcome of the Camp Lejeune lawsuits is still uncertain. However, the lawsuits have helped to raise awareness of the water contamination problem and have put pressure on the government to provide compensation to the victims.
Contact the Law Offices of Chhabra Gibbs & Herrington PLLC today.
If you or someone you know was exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. You should contact our attorneys to discuss your legal options. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you were a service member or civilian employee who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987. You must also have been diagnosed with one of the diseases that the VA has designated as presumptively linked to exposure to the contaminated water. The deadline to file a lawsuit is August 8, 2024.
The amount of compensation you can receive if you win a lawsuit will vary depending on the specific facts of your case. However, you may be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
If you have any questions about the Camp Lejeune lawsuit, you should contact our legal team at 601-948-8005. An attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit and can represent you in court if you decide to do so. Contact us today if you have cancer or other serious health problems from Camp Lejeune. You may qualify for compensation.