Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits
Were You Exposed to Unsafe Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune?
It was recently revealed that United States Marine Corps (USMC) Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina had unsafe drinking water for decades. Anyone who lived, served, or worked on the base for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987 could have been severely exposed to contaminated water that might cause cancer and other serious illnesses. Worse yet, the government never took action to notify people at Camp Lejeune of the danger.
‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP in Mississippi is currently investigating the Camp Lejeune water contamination situation. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is moving through Congress right now. If it passes, then it will become much easier for people to bring lawsuits against the federal government for its negligent handling of the water contamination crisis there. As a firm that focuses on class action lawsuits against powerful defendants, you know you can trust us with your Camp Lejeune case should you be eligible to file a claim or join a plaintiff class.
For more information, call (601) 265-6869 or contact us online now.
Contaminants in Camp Lejeune Drinking Water
The drinking water at Camp Lejeune has likely been unsafe since the early 1950s, but the first confirmed issue occurred in 1982. Research in that year found that 25% of the camp’s water treatment plants were contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are unsafe for human consumption.
The VOCs found in Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace water treatment plants include:
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl chloride
It is believed that unsafe material storage conditions both at Camp Lejeune and nearby industrial plants contributed to the drinking water contamination. Exposure to these materials was so high that the VOC contamination level has been recorded at 100 times the maximum ‘safe’ level as described by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Might Cause Cancer
Investigations into how Camp Lejeune's drinking water hurt the people who served, lived, and work there are still underway. However, it is known that frequent or large exposures to VOCs in drinking water can dramatically increase the risk of certain cancers and other severe illnesses.
People who drank the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune might be at a higher risk of:
- Major organ cancers including bladder, kidney, lung, and more
- Cardiovascular damage
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Systemic sclerosis/scleroderma
- Birth Defects
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Hepatic steatosis
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Breast cancer
- Female infertility
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Renal toxicity
- Liver Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Among others
Additionally, pregnant women who drink water contaminated by high levels of VOCs are more likely to suffer miscarriages. It is also believed that VOC poisoning can affect the brain, resulting in neurological harm that triggers anxiety, depression, and other severe mental health problems.
Who Was Exposed to Unsafe Water at Camp Lejeune?
Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace water treatment plants were in use at Camp Lejeune as early as 1953. It is believed the water contamination issue could have begun that year and lasted until 1987 when the water treatment plants were replaced, upgraded, or decommissioned. Anyone who lived on Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and for longer than 30 days might have been significantly exposed to unsafe drinking water that can cause cancer.
Both contaminated water treatment plants are known to supply water to these areas of the base:
- Berkeley Manor
- Hospital Point Family Housing
- Knox Trailer Park
- Mainside Barracks
- Midway Park Family Housing
- Paradise Point
- Tarawa Terrance Family Housing
You might be able to soon file a lawsuit in pursuit of fair compensation if you were likely exposed to unsafe drinking water on Camp Lejeune and received a severe illness diagnosis. The act that must pass through Congress to enable these lawsuits will have a greater chance of passing if more people speak up now about what happened to them.
Want to Start a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit? Call Now
Please dial (601) 265-6869 right now if you believe your cancer or chronic illness was caused by exposure to unsafe drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The more people who contact our attorneys, the more backing the Congressional act gets, and the stronger the class action lawsuit or individual claims will be if the act passes. Our firm can handle all aspects of a Camp Lejeune cancer case, so you do not need to worry about a thing when you put us in charge.
Contact us now and request an initial consultation with our firm.