14,000 Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims Filed – Do You Have a Claim?
Following the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 last August, nearly 14,000 claims have been filed against the U.S. government. Plaintiffs allege that, while living or working on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987, they were exposed to contaminated water, which led to a laundry list of potential injuries. In almost six short months since the Act’s passage, claimants have been signing up to pursue potential settlements for their serious, sometimes fatal, health conditions.
Between the years of 1953 and 1987, about one million military service members, civilian workers, and their families lived on Camp Lejeune. Also during this time, the U.S. government knowingly dumped oil, petrol, industrial wastewater, and other toxic chemicals onto the grounds at Camp Lejeune. Toxic chemicals leaked from underground tanks into the base’s drinking water supply. Solvents used to clean military equipment flowed into the water surrounding Camp Lejeune. From bathing, to cooking, to drinking, those living or working on base were exposed to these toxins every day.
In the 1970s, water tested by the EPA was found to be contaminated at unsafe levels, yet the water continued to be polluted. This pollution has been linked to many different types of injuries, such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Leukemia, various other cancers, Parkinson’s Disease, birth defects, miscarriages, and more. People who have experienced adverse health conditions believed to be related to the toxic water have until August 2024 to file a claim.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Eligibility
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides a cause of action against the U.S. government for injuries sustained from contaminated water exposure. Anyone—servicemember or not—who lived, worked, or was otherwise exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, and was harmed by such exposure may take legal action. Veterans, civilians and their families—even those who, at the time, were exposed to the tainted water in the womb—may now take action, but for a limited amount of time.
The Act provides for a two-year window of time to file a claim to potentially recover funds for injuries from exposure to contaminated water.
Contact Our Attorneys to Discuss Your Situation
If you lived or worked at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 and believe your cancer or other serious injury was caused by water contamination, call us today. Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. attorneys can evaluate your potential claim with you during a completely free consultation. Call us at (888) 984-7988 or fill out our contact form to speak with an attorney about your potential case.