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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO FILE A CAMP LEJEUNE
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Over one million people, who were present at North Carolina’s Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, may have been exposed to toxic substances in the water.  Individuals who may have been exposed to water contamination at Camp Lejeune and can now file a claim include:

  • Veterans
  • Family Members
  • Civilian Workers
  • Others who lived or worked on base

Contact the law firm Marin and Barrett, Inc. for a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss your legal options and find out how filing a lawsuit for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination can help you or your family members.


WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO THE TOXIC WATER AT CAMP LEJEUNE?

    • • Kidney Cancer
    • • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    • • Multiple Myeloma and other myelodysplastic syndromes
    • • Leukemia (all types)
    • • Liver Cancer
    • • Central Nervous System Cancer (brain or spinal cord)
    • • Miscarriage
    • • Infertility (male or female)
    • • Bladder Cancer
    • • Parkinson’s Disease
    • • Kidney Disease
    • • Pancreatic Cancer
    • • Breast Cancer (male or female)
    • • Rectal Cancer
    • • Prostate Cancer
    • • Esophageal Cancer

AUGUST 1oth, 2022 UPDATE: President Joe Biden signed the historic Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act into law today. Veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their service are now eligible for new benefits, and with the Camp Lejeune Justice Act included in the bill, those exposed to contaminated water at the Marine Corps Base are able to file lawsuits for damages and injuries.  This is a monumental step forward in helping all veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during service and also a breakthrough in achieving justice for veterans, families, non-military staff, and others who were harmed at Camp Lejeune.


The Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers at Marin and Barrett, Inc. stand ready to help you assert your legal rights and pursue a claim for justice and financial compensation.  For years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set up roadblock after roadblock for those veterans and their families suffering from serious health conditions due to their exposure to toxic chemicals in contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  Recent investigations have found that the V.A. denied 89 percent of all disability claims involving evidence of an association with the contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune.  Now, those veterans whose claims whose claims have been denied as well as non-veterans, such as dependents and base workers, will finally be able to receive justice and financial compensation for their injuries.  Call to speak with our law firm of experienced personal injury lawyers today at (888) 348-2735.  There is a limited time period in which you may file a claim, don’t delay.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 would provide a path to file a claim against the United States Federal Government for financial compensation for service members, families, workers, and any other person who resided at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987.

The Act would allow claimants to pursue legal action against the U.S. Government in the same way traditional personal injury claims are handled.  Additionally, the Act would overrule North Carolina state law, and all state laws, that prohibit lawsuits like this because of their statute of limitations or statute of repose.  These cases will be consolidated in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The passage of the Act constitutes a major victory for those suffering from serious debilitating medical conditions as a result of their exposure to dangerous chemicals in Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water supply.  For the first time all victims of water contamination who spent time at the military base including civilian workers, regardless of military service, will be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. Also, for the first time the bill would allow claims to be brought by and on behalf of those in-utero at the time of their toxic exposure. The effects of exposures to unborn children in utero include miscarriages, neural tube defects, neurobehavioral effects, and the risk of birth defects.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc., we anticipate tens of thousands of military personnel and their families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune who are now suffering with serious medical conditions to file lawsuits in federal court in North Carolina. These cases will be consolidated under a single federal judge through the multi-district litigation process (MDL).

Why Hire a Camp Lejeune Attorney Immediately?

Once the Camp Lejeune Act of 2022 has been officially signed into law, water contamination victims will have two years to file a claim or be barred. The sooner you initiate a claim, the sooner you will be able to recover financial compensation.

Health Issues Related to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Water contamination at Camp Lejeune has been shown to cause serious health effects for thousands of people. Scientific and medical evidence now links the exposure to toxic chemicals found at Camp Lejeune to serious health issues including types of cancer, birth defects, and more.

The Veterans Administration has historically been very limited in granting claims for disability benefits due to water contamination exposure at Camp Lejeune.  Unlike the V.A., the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 does not provide a limited list of cancers and health issues eligible to file a claim.  Instead, the Act allows individuals to bring a claim for any “harm” they have suffered as long as they can show a relationship between the harm and exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

The water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated from leaking waste disposal sites, underground storage tanks, businesses near the base, and from military operations.  Toxic chemicals contaminated the base water supply for over thirty years exposing nearly one million people to serious health hazards.  The base water supply was contaminated with toxic chemicals including PCE or PERC (Tetrachloroethylene), TCE (Trichloroethylene), Vinyl Chloride, and Benzene.

Scientific studies of individuals exposed occupationally or environmentally to TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride, or benzene link these chemicals to a higher risk of the following health issues:

    • • Kidney Cancer
    • • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
    • • Multiple Myeloma and other myelodysplastic syndromes
    • • Leukemia (all types)
    • • Liver Cancer
    • • Central Nervous System Cancer (brain or spinal cord)
    • • Miscarriage
    • • Male Infertility and Female Infertility
    • • Bladder Cancer
    • • Parkinson’s Disease
    • • Kidney Disease
    • • Pancreatic Cancer
    • • Breast Cancer (male or female)
    • • Rectal Cancer
    • • Prostate Cancer
    • • Esophageal Cancer
  • • Cervical Cancer
  • • Lung Cancer
  • • Ovarian Cancer
  • • Stomach Cancer
  • • Aplastic Anemia and other Bone Marrow Conditions
  • • Renal Toxicity and End-Stage Renal Disease
  • • Birth Defects, Low Birth Weight, and Birth Injury
  • • Neural Tube Birth Defects
  • • Neurobehavioral Effects
  • • Cardiac Effects
  • • Neurologic Effects (vision perception, attention, and memory problems)
  • • Scleroderma
  • • Impaired Immune System Function
  • • Liver Cirrhosis
  • • Hepatic Steatosis

In 2012, the V.A. revised their eligibility criteria for those exposed to contaminated water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune. The revision listed a number of presumptive service connection conditions eligible for Disability Benefits and medical care related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune.  Those presumptive service connection conditions were:

      • Adult Leukemia
      • Aplastic Anemia and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes
      • Bladder Cancer
      • Kidney Cancer
      • Liver Cancer
      • Multiple Myeloma
      • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
      • Parkinson’s Disease

Can I file a Claim if I was Exposed to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination In Utero?  Can I file a Claim if my Unborn child was exposed In Utero and I suffered a miscarriage?

Many families who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 were unknowingly exposed to highly toxic chemicals in the contaminated water supply.  Many expecting mothers who were unknowingly exposed to the toxic water supply suffered miscarriages.  Others whose unborn children were exposed to contaminated water in utero at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were born with birth defects while others developed childhood cancers. Birth defects and cancers tied to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune water include spina bifida, cardiac defects, oral clefts and lymphomas.

In 2015, the Committee on the Review of Clinical Guidance for the Care of Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation confirmed several birth defects could occur after in utero exposure. A federal study in 2003 found the rate of certain birth defects at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune was 265 times higher than the national average. Mothers exposed to contaminated water while living on base also reported miscarriages and stillbirths. The VA officially added miscarriages to its list of presumptive service connection conditions linked to Camp Lejeune.

Birth defects associated with effects of exposure to dangerous chemicals found in Camp Lejeune’s water supply, include:

      • Spina bifida
      • Anencephaly (missing part of the brain or skull)
      • Heart defects
      • Miscarriage
      • Stillbirth
      • Cleft Defects

Fortunately, exposure to TCE, PCE, benzene and vinyl chloride doesn’t necessarily mean a baby will be born with birth defects or other negative health impacts.  The likelihood of developing birth defects increases with increased exposure. People exposed to the most chemicals for the longest time have the greatest risk.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry conducted a 2013 study of 12,598 mothers who lived on Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune between 1968 and 1985 and reviewed their medical records. The agency concluded exposure to TCE and benzene during the first trimester of pregnancy increased the risk for neural tube defects, which are malformations that affect the brain and spine. Exposure to PCE and vinyl chloride were associated with an increase in childhood cancers.

Other ATSDR studies show pregnant women exposed to TCE have an increased chance of having a baby born with heart defects. Dr. Ann Aschengrau of the Boston University Superfund Research Program led a team of scientists who studied children exposed to PCE through water contamination in Massachusetts. They found “cleft lip and palate and neural tube defects were three times more common among babies who had been exposed in the womb to PCE.”

In 2003, a federal study found the childhood cancer rate was 15.7 times higher at Camp Lejeune than the national average. The same ATSDR study for birth defects also found children could have developed cancers from Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water. These cancers are called hematopoietic cancers, specifically leukemia, lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

If would like to file a claim on behalf of your child, baby, or unborn child due to in utero toxic exposure to water contamination at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, please contact us today at (888) 348-2735.  It is important to take legal action quickly.  Typically, North Carolina’s 10-year statute of repose would bar claims being brought on behalf of individuals who passed away more than 10 years prior to the brining of the case.  The Act would allow representatives of the estate to bring a claim in the District Court on their behalf dating all the way back to 1953 in the new two year statute of limitations which commences upon the passage of the Act.

What was found in the water at Camp Lejeune?

Two water-distribution plants, Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace, that historically supplied finished water to the majority of family housing units at the Military Base and were contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

HISTORY OF WATER CONTAMINATION AT CAMP LEJEUNE NORTH CAROLINA

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s has indicated that past exposures from the 1950s through February 1985 to trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, and other contaminants in the drinking water at the Camp Lejeune likely increased the risk of cancers (kidney, multiple myeloma, leukemias, and others), adverse birth outcomes, and other adverse health effects of residents (including infants and children), civilian workers, Marines and Naval personnel.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Map

Hadnot Point (HP) began operations in 1942 and served the main side barracks, Hospital Point family housing, and family housing at Midway Park, Paradise Point, and Berkeley Manor until 1972. The water supply from Hadnot Point was contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) with maximum levels of 1,400 parts per billion (pub) detected in the drinking water.  The current maximum contaminant level for TCE in drinking water is 5 ppb.  Other contaminants detected in the Hadnot Point water supply included PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene), DCE (trans-1,2-dichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and benzene.  The sources of the contamination included leaking underground storage tanks, a water treatment plant, a water treatment facility, waste disposal sites and waste disposal practices.

Tarawa Terrace (TT) began operations in 1952 and ceased operations in 1987.  It served the Tarawa Terrace family base housing and the Knox trailer park. The Tarawa Terrace water supply was contaminated with PCE with maximum levels of 215 ppb detected in February 1985.  The source of the contamination was dry cleaning solvents from ABC One-Hour Cleaners, an off-base dry cleaning business.  Most of the Tarawa Terrace’s contaminated wells were shut down in February 1985.

What is TCE (trichloroethylene)?

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile, colorless liquid organic chemical. TCE does not occur naturally and is created by chemical synthesis. It is used primarily to make refrigerants and other hydrofluorocarbons and as a degreasing solvent for metal equipment. TCE is also used in some household products, such as cleaning wipes, aerosol cleaning products, tool cleaners, paint removers, spray adhesives, and carpet cleaners and spot removers.

Prolonged or repeated exposure of trichloroethylene causes kidney cancer. Some scientific studies and evidence suggests that this liquid chemical may be associated with an increased risks of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and, possibly, liver cancer.

What is PCE (tetrachloroethylene or PERC)?

PCE is an industrial chemical that is utilized for a number of different commercial applications including dry-cleaning fabrics, degreasing metal machinery, and manufacturing chemicals.  Tetrachloroethylene exposure may have an adverse effect on the nervous system, liver, kidneys, and reproductive system, and may be harmful to unborn children. If you are exposed to tetrachloroethylene, continuously, over a long period of time, you may also be at a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Additionally, Tetrachloroethylene may have effects on pregnancy and unborn children. Studies in people are not clear on this subject, but studies in animals show problems with pregnancy (such as miscarriage, birth defects, and slowed growth of the baby) after oral and inhalation exposure to tetrachloroethylene.

What is Vinyl Chloride?

Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas that burns easily. It does not occur naturally and must be produced industrially for its commercial uses. Vinyl chloride is used primarily to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC); PVC is used to make a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials.

Vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer (hepatic angiosarcoma), as well as brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It evaporates quickly when exposed to air. Benzene is formed from natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires, but most exposure to benzene results from human activities. Benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States.

Benzene is known to cause cancer, based on evidence from studies in both people and lab animals. The link between benzene and cancer has largely focused on leukemia and other cancers of blood cells.

FAQ’s: Filing a Lawsuit Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

What Medical Conditions Does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 Cover?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 covers all medical conditions linked to contaminated drinking water exposure, including the list of presumptive conditions outlined by the United States V.A. Cancer is most prominently featured in the Camp LeJeune data but other illnesses and harm include neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, infertility, miscarriages and birth defects.

Is There a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Class Action Lawsuit?

No, there is not a Camp Lejeune water contamination class action lawsuit. All toxic water contamination victims, including active duty, retired, family members, or base workers, seeking financial compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 will be required to individually assert their legal right to a claim.

What evidence will help me pursue a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

To file a Camp Lejeune Act claim, it will be important to be able to provide your Attorney with your military service records, a birth certificate, your disability records and disability rating, base housing records, medical records showing your diagnosis with one of the presumptive conditions.  For maternal exposures, it will be important to show your housing or work records to show exposure to contaminants and chemicals in the drinking water during pregnancy.  It will also be important to provide all of your medical records and medical bills so that you can be reimbursed for your medical expenses, including out of pocket medical costs.

Can I File a Claim Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 if I Already Received VA Disability Benefits?

Yes, you can file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 if you have already received VA disability benefits for a presumptive condition due to water contamination at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River.  Any Award under the Act will not impede or limit an individuals continued or future disability compensation or health care benefits and medical treatments.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

It will cost you nothing in attorneys fees or expenses to file a claim unless we recover for you. Marin and Barrett, Inc. is representing clients with Camp Lejeune water contamination claims on a contingency fee basis. This means you will never pay for our services out-of-pocket and we will only collect a fee once we help you recover financial compensation.


Schedule a Free Consultation with a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer

If would like to file a claim due to your toxic exposure to water contamination at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, please contact us today at (888) 348-2735.  When you call, we will provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation and discuss with you your legal options and what is required to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit.  Our legal team stands ready to assist victims of Camp Lejeune’s water contamination and help them take legal action to recover compensatory damages from the United States Federal Government for their medical expenses and the adverse health effects they have endured due to their exposure to hazardous chemicals.