Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits
Unsafe Water Exposure on USMC Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
Did you live, work, or serve at United States Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between 1953 and 1987? Do you now live with serious health problems or lost a loved one to such issues? There could be a direct connection. Recent studies have revealed that Camp Lejeune had unsafe water supplies for decades.
To make matters worse, the government knew that the water at Camp Lejeune was unsafe for decades but did nothing about it, not even warning people about the danger. This intentional negligence could make the federal government liable for any harm and losses you have suffered due to unsafe water exposure. Fulmer Sill and our team of mass torts attorneys would be honored to help you explore your legal options and see if you can recover fair compensation. Our firm focuses on complex and high-stakes claims, mass torts, and class action litigation like the cases forming in response to the Camp Lejeune water contamination issue. Trust the entire case to us!
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Why Camp Lejeune Water is Unsafe
As early as 1982, volatile organic compounds (VOC) were verified to be in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. At least two of the camp’s eight water treatment plants were contaminated by VOCs: Hadnot Point water treatment plant and Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant.
Unsafe VOCs and contaminants confirmed in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water are:
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl chloride
The contaminants were found in levels that far exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) daily recommended maximum. In some instances, the contamination level was 100 times the EPA level.
According to internal reports, the contaminants seeped into the drinking water through various sources. Some sources included poorly maintained on-site industrial chemical storage tanks and unsafe material waste spills. It was also confirmed that the waste disposal methods of a nearby cleaning company contaminated one of the water sources.
Illnesses Caused by Water at Camp Lejeune
Consuming PCE, TCE, and other contaminants identified in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water can cause concerning illnesses in as little as 30 days, depending on the extent of the exposure. For people who lived, worked, or served at the camp for years, the risk of suffering a serious illness or health complication will be significantly greater.
Injuries, illnesses, and complications caused by drinking the contaminated water include:
- Bladder, kidney, prostate, liver, lung, and breast cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiovascular damage
- Heart or kidney disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Systemic sclerosis/scleroderma
- Higher risk of miscarriage
- Neurological damage linked to anxiety, depression, etc.
Camp Lejeune Areas Known to Be Affected
It has been confirmed that the contaminated water was supplied to:
- Mainside Barracks
- Hospital Point Family Housing
- Midway Park Family Housing
- Paradise Point
- Berkeley Manor
- Tarawa Terrance Family Housing
- Knox Trailer Park
- And other adjacent areas
Although the previous list shows where the contaminated water is known to have been supplied, it is believed that the entirety of Camp Lejeune used unsafe water supplies for decades. If you worked, lived, or served on Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, no matter where on the camp that was exactly, then you could have a valid claim to pursue.
Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim?
Fulmer Sill is currently investigating cases from people who lived, worked, or served on Camp Lejeune. There are no official lawsuits filed yet due to pending Congressional legislation. With enough information from enough potential claimants, though, a lawsuit or mass tort case could be filed in the near future.
We want to hear from anyone who:
- Lived, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
- Stayed at Camp Lejeune during that time for at least 30 days.
- Regularly used the tap water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.
- Has been diagnosed with a serious health condition, or;
- Lost a loved one to a serious health complication.
As we hear from more people who might have a valid Camp Lejeune water contamination claim, the strength of each individual claim grows. Also, the backing of the related Congressional legislation strengthens. Please do not hesitate to contact our firm as soon as possible for a free, confidential consultation.
Dial (405) 433-7414 to speak with Fulmer Sill and our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys. Hablamos español.