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Camp Lejeune Justice Act Lawyers
North Carolina Attorneys for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits
For decades, the potable water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune was contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOC). The people who served, lived, and worked at Camp Lejeune during that time never knew that they were using unsafe water for drinking, bathing, cleaning, and other day-to-day purposes.
Many of them have since been diagnosed with chronic illnesses and cancers that are linked directly to unsafe levels of VOC exposure.
With the recent passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, legal action can be taken against the federal government to pursue compensation for those affected by Camp Lejeune’s unsafe drinking water.
Lanier Law Group and our Camp Lejeune water contamination attorneys are here to guide you through this difficult situation and find the best path toward compensation and justice. As legal heavyweights who have fought massive corporations and government entities in the past, you know that you can trust your case to us.
Call Lanier Law Group now at (855) 757-4204 to schedule an initial consultation.
As early as 1952 or 1953, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated by VOCs. Specifically, the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants were pumping and distributing contaminated water from the early ‘50s to the early ‘80s. It was not until an independent study was conducted in the late ‘80s was it determined that the water had been contaminated all that time.
VOCs found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune include:
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl chloride (VC)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined the maximum “safe” amount of VOC exposure on a regular basis. The water at Camp Lejeune was found to sometimes exceed these levels 400 times over. Even temporary exposure to the contaminated water could be enough to cause a lifetime of health complications.
What VOC Exposure in Drinking Water Does
The EPA and other global health organizations have long known VOCs to be unsafe for human consumption and direct exposure. The risk of health complications after even a brief amount of exposure can be great, especially if the VOCs are consumed or ingested, such as when trace amounts are in drinking water.
For over 30 years, the military service members, their family members, and civilian contractors at Camp Lejeune were exposed to large amounts of VOCs without knowing it, even after the federal government knew about the problem but failed to warn them.
VOC exposure can cause these health problems and more:
- Bladder, kidney, and liver cancer
- Stomach and lung cancer
- Throat and esophageal cancer
- Bone marrow diseases
- Female infertility
- Higher incidents of birth injuries
- Higher risk of miscarriages
- Aplastic anemia
- Hepatic steatosis
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Neurological damage
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
It is estimated that millions of people at Camp Lejeune could have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. Thousands or hundreds of thousands of those people could have developed cancer or another serious illness as a result. Hundreds might have already passed away from the exposure without realizing the connection.
What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?
Filing a claim against the federal government is difficult. Previously, the military service members, veterans, their family members and others affected by the unsafe drinking water at Camp Lejeune could not pursue an injury claim for fair compensation.
With the recent passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, though, this has changed. It allows injury claims to be filed during a two-year window. The claims are expected to be filed in one North Carolina federal court, which will then set the ground rules for a mass tort.
You could be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuit if you:
- Served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1952 and 1987.
- Used the water there for at least 30 days, not necessarily 30 consecutive days.
- Were diagnosed with cancer or a chronic illness; or,
- Lost a loved one who stayed on Camp Lejeune to a terminal illness or cancer.
Please note: If you are receiving VA benefits for illnesses caused by the unsafe water at Camp Lejeune, you can also file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuit. You can collect compensation and benefits from both legal options. In fact, this might be the best way for you to make a fair and total recovery.
Learn About Camp Lejeune Lawsuits – Call Us Now
The legal situation surrounding Camp Lejeune is complicated, as it always is when the federal government is involved. To move forward with a water contamination and toxic exposure claim, please put your case in the experienced hands of Lanier Law Group.
We are North Carolina locals who proudly stand up for brave U.S. military service members and their families when they need our help the most. We’re here for you and in your corner, just as you have always been for us! Let us handle your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit to pursue full compensation.
Contact us online or call (855) 757-4204. We accept calls 24/7 for your convenience.
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