Did you or a family member serve on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987? If so, you may be able to collect disability, health benefits, and financial compensation for several medical conditions linked to contaminated water. Learn more about how Bart Durham Law can help you get the compensation you deserve for these serious medical conditions:
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Renal toxicity
- Multiple myeloma
- Female infertility
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Hepatic steatosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuits and water contamination claims rightfully compensate Veterans and their families harmed by water contamination at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for the suffering and loss that have resulted from harmful cancer-causing chemical exposure.
Birth Defects and Miscarriages Associated with Camp Lejeune’s Drinking Water
Miscarriages and stillbirths have also been associated with Camp Lejeune’s contaminated drinking water. There were more than 100 cases of birth defects attributable to Camp Lejeune water. Confirmed by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 15 cases of spina bifida and anencephaly, 24 oral clefts and 13 cancers.
Women who drank the tap water at Camp Lejeune were four times more likely to have children with birth defects than women who didn’t drink it. More than 80 men who spent time at Camp Lejeune developed a rare form of breast cancer.
History of Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Drinking Water
Over the course of four decades, contaminated drinking water at North Carolina’s U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune put hundreds of thousands of people at risk for cancer and other serious illnesses. Between 1953 and 1987, two of the eight wells at Camp Lejeune were contaminated with harmful chemicals known to cause cancer and other severe illnesses.
These wells supplied contaminated drinking water to children at daycare or school, to military families for drinking and bathing, to patients in the hospital, and to service members and civilian workers in their place of employment. Fifteen different illnesses and medical conditions including several types of cancer, reproductive problems, birth defects, and Parkinson’s disease have been linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination.
Camp Lejeune water contamination impacted thousands of families who were dedicated to serving their country, causing undue suffering, severe illness, permanent disability, and loss. For decades, people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune were unaware of their exposure to toxic chemicals through Camp Lejeune water contamination.
Access to medical care for Camp Lejeune water illnesses was finally granted to all Veterans for qualifying medical conditions in 2012. But through the decades, victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination were prevented by law from filing a claim against the Marines and therefore had no recourse for their suffering.
Water Contamination Lawsuits
The Marines have a responsibility to service members, their families and civilian workers – ensuring safe living and working conditions. The water contamination at Camp Lejeune was discovered in the early 1980s, but the contaminated wells remained in use for several more years after the fact.
Had quick action been taken to close the contaminated water systems sooner, thousands of cancer cases could have been prevented. Now, any Veteran or family member who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may qualify to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim.