Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

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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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New Law Addresses Injured Military

On August 10th, 2022, President Biden signed into law The Camp Lejeune Act of 2022. This act is a great leap forward for those serving at Camp Lejeune and their families to seek justice for their injuries or death of a loved one caused by exposure or ingestion of contaminated water.

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)
  • Benzene
  • 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:

  • Cancer
  • Neurological defects, such as Parkinson's disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Miscarriages
  • Birth defects
  • Other injuries

You may still have a claim if you have been diagnosed with another injury not listed, after exposure at Camp LeJeune.

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 August 1st, 1953, and December 31st, 1987, you could have a valid claim to pursue no matter where you were on the Camp.

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.

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.
  • Is not currently being represented by an attorney

With the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 in place, veterans have a fighting chance to seek the justice they are owed. Our mission is to empower the injured. We are ready to aid our veterans who have already sacrificed so much for our country. Please do not hesitate to contact our firm as soon as possible for a free, confidential consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims in Oklahoma

Are there any specific locations in Oklahoma affected by Camp Lejeune contamination claims?

While there may not be specific locations in Oklahoma that were directly contaminated by Camp Lejeune, individuals who lived in Oklahoma and were exposed to the contaminated water during their time at the base may have subsequently experienced health issues.

What steps should individuals in Oklahoma take if they believe they were affected by Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Individuals who believe they were affected should seek medical attention if they are experiencing health issues associated with exposure to the contaminants. They may also consider reaching out to legal experts who specialize in Camp Lejeune water contamination claims to understand their legal options.

Are there any compensation or benefits available for individuals affected by Camp Lejeune water contamination claims in Oklahoma?

Potentially. The U.S. government has recognized the responsibility for the contamination at Camp Lejeune and has implemented certain benefits and compensation programs for affected individuals, including healthcare coverage and disability benefits. Eligibility criteria apply, and individuals are encouraged to seek legal advice to explore their options.

How can legal experts assist individuals in Oklahoma with Camp Lejeune water contamination claims?

Legal experts can provide guidance on navigating the complexities of filing claims, gathering necessary documentation, and advocating for the rights of individuals affected by the contamination. They can also offer representation in legal proceedings if necessary.

How can individuals in Oklahoma prove their exposure to Camp Lejeune's contaminated water?

Proving exposure can be challenging, but individuals can gather evidence such as medical records, military service records, housing records from Camp Lejeune, witness statements, and any other documentation that supports their presence at the base during the contamination period. Legal experts can assist in compiling and presenting this evidence effectively.

Are there any support groups or resources available for individuals affected by Camp Lejeune water contamination in Oklahoma?

Yes, there are various support groups and resources available, both online and in-person, that provide information, assistance, and emotional support to individuals and families affected by Camp Lejeune water contamination. These resources can help connect affected individuals with others who share similar experiences and provide valuable guidance.

What role do government agencies play in addressing Camp Lejeune water contamination claims in Oklahoma?

Government agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are involved in providing healthcare services, compensation, and conducting research related to Camp Lejeune water contamination. They play a crucial role in addressing the needs of affected individuals and families.

Are there any ongoing investigations or studies related to Camp Lejeune water contamination in Oklahoma?

While there may not be specific investigations or studies focused solely on Oklahoma, ongoing research and monitoring related to Camp Lejeune water contamination continue at the national level. Researchers and public health officials are continually evaluating the long-term health effects of exposure and working to improve support services for affected individuals.


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