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New Law to Allow Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

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From 1953 to 1987 the public water supply at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina was contaminated with toxic chemicals. So for 34 years, more than a million soldiers and their families drank and bathed in contaminated water that are now causing them terrible health problems..

Thousands of Marines and their families have suffered severe illnesses and have died. There is strong scientific evidence that chronic exposure to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water has caused increased rates of cancer and has caused injuries to children in utero.

Camp Lejeune Compensation Claims Originally Rejected

A new federal law – the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 – will permit victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination to seek legal compensation. The Act would permit people who lived or worked or were harmed as unborn children at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 to file a toxic water lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court in Eastern North Carolina. Victims have a two-year deadline to file a claim.

Toxic Chemicals in Water

Specifically, the Marine Corps determined that from approximately 1953 through 1987, the water supply to Camp Lejeune had been heavily contaminated with volatile organic compounds and carcinogenic chemicals. The most troubling chemicals found were trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE).

These chemicals are in a class of chemicals called “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs). These chemicals are used for dry cleaning and much of the water contamination was attributed to an off-base dry cleaner that existed before the Marine base was opened. So the water wells were likely contaminated before Camp Lejeune opened.

But there were multiple sources for this toxic water. These same chemicals are also used to clean machinery and weapons. So the contamination came from on and off the Marine base.

The industrial chemicals that were contaminating the Camp Lejeune water supply are known to be very toxic to the human body and have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurologic disorders. Scientific and medical evidence has shown that chronic exposure to the chemicals TCE and PCE can cause increased rates of certain types of cancer.

Affected service members, Camp Lejeune residents or workers, who had any of the below conditions may qualify:

Tier 1
  1. Parkinson disease
  2. Kidney cancer
  3. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  4. Leukemias (all types, including myelodysplastic syndromes)
  5. Liver cancer
  6. Bladder cancer
  7. Multiple myeloma
  8. Kidney disease (end-stage renal disease)
  9. Renal Toxicity
  10. Systemic sclerosis / scleroderma
Tier 2
  1. Cardiac birth defects
  2. Esophageal Cancer
  3. Male breast cancer
  4. Lung Cancer
  5. Miscarriage
  6. Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver Disease)
  7. Female infertility
  8. Neurobehavioral effects
    1. Delayed reaction times
    2. Problems with memory
    3. Problems with attention or concentration
    4. Problems with motor function (e.g., hand tremor, postural sway)
Tier 3
  • Non-cardiac birth defects (eye defects, oral clefts, neural tube defects, etc)
  • Female breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Hodgkins disease
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Brain cancer
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