Thousands of families now have another avenue of recovery with the signing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. This new law allows those who suffered from exposure to toxic water to pursue legal action.

Individuals who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune faced significant issues with toxic firefighting foam, which has been linked to cancer. There are concentrations of PFOS (a subclass of PFAS) discovered at the base. It could take years to unravel the extent of the exposure, but we are investigating claims against the manufacturers of the “toxic foam”–also known as “forever chemicals”—that pollutes both water and air, and may increase the likelihood of cancer. We are handling these claims in the AFFF national litigation.

Selinger Law has experience representing thousands of military families in both anti-terrorism litigation as well as the 3M defective earplug lawsuits. Now, Selinger Law is representing victims of toxic water at Camp Lejeune.

Water Contamination At Camp Lejeune

The Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina was established in 1942. Forty years later, the Marine Corps determined that two of the water treatment facilities providing water to the base had been contaminated with volatile organic compounds.

The Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant was contaminated with PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene) at a level of 215 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the EPA’s maximum contaminant level of this organic compound for drinking water, which is 5 ppb. The other treatment plant, Hadnot Point, was contaminated with TCE (trichloroethylene); at its highest point, the contamination measured 1,400 ppb. Multiple sources of contamination are believed to be responsible, including storage tank leaks, industrial spills, and inappropriate water disposal practices.

It was determined that the water had been contaminated for a total of 346 months by a nearby off-base dry cleaning company.

The other treatment plant, Hadnot Point, was contaminated with TCE (trichloroethylene). The current EPA approval for TCE in drinking water is 5 ppb. At its highest point, the contamination at Hadnot Point was measured at 1,400 ppb. Multiple sources of contamination are believed to have caused this, including storage tank leaks, industrial spills, and inappropriate water disposal practices.

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    Veterans From Camp Lejeune Suffer Devastating Side Effects

    For more than three decades, the residents who lived on base were exposed to high levels of PCE and TCE. Exposure to these chemicals has been known to cause diseases and medical disorders including:

    • leukemia
    • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Bladder cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Bladder cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • MS
    • Other Cancer except Skin
    • Female infertility
    • Hepatic steatosis
    • Kidney cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Lung cancer
    • Miscarriage
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Neurobehavioral effects
    • Lymphoma
    • Renal toxicity
    • Scleroderma
    • ALS

    The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) began a study on Camp Lejeune residents in 2003 and published its findings in 2013, which showed that children born to mothers who drank contaminated water at the base were four times more likely to be born with a birth defect.

    Victims Could Soon Be Eligible To Take Legal Action

    North Carolina has a strict statute of repose that currently prevents those who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune from taking legal action. Essentially, this law states that once a certain period of time passes (in this case, 10 years), a victim can no longer seek legal recourse for their losses.

    However, the U.S. government approved the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which provided the right for Camp Lejeune residents to bring a claim. Those who have suffered medical conditions caused by PCE and TCE will be allowed to fight for justice and monetary compensation. This compensation will help to pay for years of medical treatments, lost wages, and physical and emotional trauma.

    If you or a loved one were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Selinger Law Group will assist families of deceased, veterans and current military personnel, their families, employees, and unborn children who were present at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. Contact us today!