Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Compensation

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Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Compensation

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The water supply at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with several carcinogenic chemicals, which placed anyone at the facility in danger, service members included. Water samples were found to have been contaminated with chemicals stored on the base in tanks, including trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, benzene, perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC). Each of these chemicals is known to cause severe illness, including cancer. If you or a loved one worked at Camp Lejeune or were stationed there between 1953 and 1987 and subsequently developed health issues, contact us today to find out if you’re eligible to file a claim. 

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The Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune associated to Cancer

Military service members, their families, and personnel who worked at, lived at, or were stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 may have been exposed to water contaminated by chemical tank leaks. Water tests at the facility determined that the drinking water on the base had been contaminated with a range of cancer-causing chemicals, including benzene, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC), and trichloroethylene (TCE). These chemicals are known to be detrimental to human health, and to cause disease, including various forms of cancer.

Camp Lejeune Has Recorded Over Chemical 897 Spills

Hundreds Have Been Affected by Contaminated Water

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Commencement of Operations at the Tarawa Terrace Water Treatment Plant

The Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant, one of the two main facilities tasked with providing water, was built to deliver clean water to the residents of Tarawa Terrace, a sector of Camp Lejeune. Unfortunately, within a short span of time, the water processed and distributed by the plant became significantly contaminated, posing a danger to those consuming it.

The Hadnot Point Water System Experienced Onset of Contamination

Hadnot Point was originally included in the initial plans for Camp Lejeune, and a water treatment facility was constructed around the same period to furnish clean water to the residents. However, as reported by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, by August 1953, the water supplied by the Hadnot Point system had become contaminated with toxic substances. It's noteworthy that 1953 holds significance under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, serving as the commencement of the eligibility period outlined in the act. Consequently, individuals who lived, worked, or were stationed at the base from August 1, 1953, may qualify for compensation.

Contamination Commenced in the Tarawa Terrace Water System

Although the Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace water treatment plants were constructed at a similar time, it took a few years for the water at the Tarawa Terrace facility to become contaminated. According to estimates by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s data analysis, the water that went through the Tarawa Terrace treatment and distribution system was believed to have been contaminated by November 1957.

Commencement of Operations at the Holcomb Boulevard Water System

In 1972, the newly established Holcomb Boulevard water system began its operations, providing water to several areas, including Paradise Point, Midway Park, and Berkeley Manor, which were formerly serviced by the Hadnot Point water system. Despite the Holcomb Boulevard system being considered safe, the base's infrastructure necessitated occasional supplementation with contaminated water from the Hadnot Point system. Consequently, residents in these areas may still have been exposed to harmful chemicals.

The Marines and Navy are working to determine the extent of water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

At this juncture, the federal government, represented by the Marine Corps, was cognizant of the contamination in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. However, the extent of contamination remained uncertain. Consequently, the subsequent course of action involved conducting an investigation to pinpoint and assess the contaminated sites. Between 1982 and 1984, the Navy took on the responsibility of identifying areas with potential contamination and conducting tests on drinking water wells in their vicinity to detect pollutants.

The government shut down water plants that were found to be contaminated.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has verified that the federal government closed down the "most contaminated" wells at Camp Lejeune by 1985. However, as the remediation process was extensive and didn't eliminate all contaminants simultaneously, it wasn't until the conclusion of 1987 that the water was officially declared completely safe. December 31, 1987, holds significance under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, marking the termination of the eligibility period outlined in the Act. Consequently, individuals who resided, worked, or were stationed at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may have the right to file a claim.

The Marine Corps initiates the notification of health risks to former residents of Camp Lejeune.

It took the Marine Corps 17 years from the discovery of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune before they commenced notifying former residents and military personnel stationed on the base about potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Despite the passage of subsequent years, the government has not offered a credible explanation for this delay, intensifying the distress of the affected families.

The spouse of a former Marine initiates the first lawsuit related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Laura Jones, the spouse of a former Marine, was the pioneer in suing the United States government regarding the water contamination issue at Camp Lejeune. Jones and her husband lived at Camp Lejeune from 1980 to 1983, obtaining their drinking water from one of the contaminated water treatment plants on the base. In her lawsuit, Jones asserted that she was exposed to harmful chemicals, including TCE, PCE, DCE, vinyl chloride, and benzene, through the base's water supply. She claimed that this exposure led to her developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).

President Obama enacts the Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.

President Barack Obama approved the "Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012," turning it into law. This legislation permitted service members who served at Camp Lejeune and met specific eligibility criteria to access health care benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Act granted eligible family members the authority to receive compensation for healthcare expenses linked to qualifying conditions through the Camp Lejeune family member program.

Veterans initiate the submission of VA benefits claims due to their exposure to contaminated water.

In January 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a conclusive regulation that instituted a presumed service connection for compensation claims for service members stationed at Camp Lejeune. Consequently, the VA started receiving compensation claims and disbursed approved claims from a dedicated $2.2 billion fund over the subsequent five years. Despite this, various legal challenges emerged, leading to the denial of compensation for numerous veterans who appeared to meet the eligibility criteria.

Legislators exhibit renewed interest in enabling service members to submit claims related to the Camp Lejeune contaminated water issue.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was introduced in Congress in 2021. If enacted, the law aims to eliminate various loopholes that have hindered many service members and their families at Camp Lejeune from securing financial compensation. However, the Act maintains stringent eligibility requirements. For instance, service members must have spent a minimum of 30 days on the base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, to be eligible to file a claim. Additionally, those filing a case must bear the burden of establishing a direct connection between their health condition and the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate pass the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on January 25, 2022, and it successfully passed the House in March. Subsequently, the bill progressed to the U.S. Senate, where it received approval with a vote of 84 to 14. The next step involves President Joe Biden signing the bill to officially enact it into law. Should the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 become law, many service members might face challenges in proving eligibility due to the significant passage of time and the stringent eligibility criteria. To navigate these complexities, experienced toxic tort attorneys can assist service members, their families, and their legal representatives in understanding their rights and pursuing the compensation they are entitled to.

Eligibility for Compensation

People Who May Have Been Harmed

Anyone who has been harmed or injured by the use of a product that has been deemed faulty or unsafe may be eligible for compensation. Whether the harm stemmed from a defective product, negligent practices, or other factors, there are legal remedies for the person who has been harmed. You could recover medical costs, lost wages, compensation for suffering, and other settlements or awards. It is essential that anyone harmed by a faulty product or dangerous chemical seek expert legal representation as soon as possible to determine their eligibility to file a claim and determine the best legal avenue for securing compensation.

Recent Updates in the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

The Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 is advancing in Congress, having received approval from the U.S. House of Representatives on March 4, 2022. If enacted, the Act would grant individuals who worked, lived, or were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune the ability to file a claim in federal court. This provision would provide those affected by the exposure to seek financial compensation for the damages they have incurred.
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What makes the Camp Lejeune compensation relevant to you?

Thousands of military service members, their families, and workers lived on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987. It was discovered in 1982 that the water supply on the base was contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE), vinyl chloride (VC), and benzene. Each of these chemicals is known to cause cancer and other illnesses. The extent of the negative health impacts these chemicals can cause depends on the duration and severity of exposure. Many of those who lived and worked on the base during the period when the water was contaminated have developed health problems that led them to seek compensation for the losses they suffered.

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