U.S. service members, veterans, their family members, and others may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water between 1953 and 1987 at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina. Further, those exposed may have developed cancer or other serious health issues in the years following. Some of these service members, veterans, family members, or others living and/or working on or around the base were initially deemed ineligible or had their claims denied by the Veterans Administration. However, a new law may allow them compensation. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 and the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 will allow affected individuals and their families to have their day in court. Contact NRS Injury Law for your free case evaluation.
Over 1 million military personnel and their family members were stationed at the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987.
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are the chemicals that caused the contamination. There were two main VOCs initially identified in Camp Lejeune’s water supply, a dry cleaning solvent, and a degreaser.
However, later studies showed that there were upwards of 70 other chemicals in the water that caused health risks.
The Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants that serviced Camp LeJeune were shut down in 1985. They contained these toxic chemicals:
Some of the many diseases that have since manifested as a result of exposure to these chemicals include:
Adult leukemia (i.e. leukemia developed after qualifying exposure at Camp Lejeune)
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
Family members of Veterans, Guardsmen, and Reservists may also be eligible for financial compensation. Qualifying family members include:
Those whose sponsor (the qualifying veteran) was on active duty and served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987
The spouse or dependent of the veteran during the same period
Those who lived on the base for 30 days or more between the same dates.
This includes the infants born of women pregnant on the base during this period (in-utero benefits)
Potential health conditions that may qualify for reimbursement include:
Do I Qualify?
You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if you or your loved one:
Was exposed to contaminated drinking water for at least 30 days between August 1, 1952, and December 31, 1987
Suffered cancer or other health issues related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune
If you fit into these categories and believe you may be a victim of the Camp LeJeune water contamination crisis, contact NRS Injury Law today for your free case evaluation.