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Camp Lejeune Claims for Cancer and Other Health Problems

Do you qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim?

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claims - If you suffered from cancer or other health problems after exposure to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for compensation.If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987, then you and your family may have been exposed to contaminated water. During that time, several water treatment facilities supplying the base contained volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Camp Lejeune water contamination potentially caused cancer and other health problems among thousands of veterans, family members, and civilian workers. Although the base did suspend operation of the affected wells upon discovery of the chemicals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that up to 900,000 servicemen and women as well as their families were exposed to toxic substances over more than 30 years.

Base commanders also allegedly allowed contaminated wells to go back online despite repeated warnings from contractors hired to assess water quality at Camp Lejeune. Under a new law passed on August 2nd, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, these individuals may have the right to file a Camp Lejeune claim or lawsuit as well as a claim for veterans disability benefits.

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Riddle & Brantley is actively representing veterans, civilian workers, and family members who suffered health problems potentially due to water contamination at Camp Lejeune. We have offices in Jacksonville, NC near the base, and many of our attorneys and staff have close family ties to the military. We are proud to help our service men and women fight for justice. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation today. You may be entitled to compensation in a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and we would love to help however we can.

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Do You Have a Camp Lejeune Claim?

If you were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and were diagnosed with cancer or another health problem, you may be entitled to compensation.It is estimated that more than one million veterans, family members, and civilian workers may have been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.

Were you or someone you love exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune? You may be eligible for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim, and a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim lawyer at Riddle & Brantley can assist you in filing for the compensation you deserve. As a North Carolina law firm, our legal team has an office just down the road from Camp Lejeune and our staff shares a commitment to representing injured veterans, their families, and civilian military contractors. We are committed to holding the US military accountable for any negligence and/or wrongdoing, and may be able to file a claim under the pending Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation concerning a potential Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim, please call our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys at 1-800-525-7111. We don’t get paid unless you do. It’s as simple as that. We believe Justice Counts for all our military service men and women and are determined to help them fight for justice. Since 2000 alone, our firm has recovered over $665 million in compensation for our valued clients and we would love to help you however we can (see disclaimer below).

For a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Camp Lejeune cancer attorney or VA disability lawyer at Riddle & Brantley, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and convenient form below.

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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

The water at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina was heavily contaminated for decades, beginning in 1953 and lasting until at least 1987. The toxic water has been linked to many types of cancer and other serious, potentially life-threatening conditions. According to the US Marine Corps, the water at Camp Lejeune is now safe to drink and use, having been cleaned up in 1987. Regular water testing is now conducted at the Marine Corps base on a quarterly basis.

Water Contaminants at Camp Lejeune

Water contaminants at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 included several dangerous chemicals, including:

  • volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • benzene
  • vinyl chloride
  • methylene chloride
  • toluene

Tests in 1982 revealed two different VOCs in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, and subsequent tests found further contaminants. All of these toxic chemicals can have disastrous effects on the human body if ingested.

The Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant’s water had traces of perchloroethylene (PCE). This is a colorless and odorless compound typically used in the dry cleaning process. An investigation into the issue revealed that an off-base dry cleaning company’s waste removal practice was likely the source of the contamination. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) concluded that the levels of PCE in Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant’s water supply were more than 300 times more than the standard limits during the 1957 – 1987 window.

Levels of a deadly toxin were more than 300 times more than standard limits at Camp Lejeune’s Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant.

"[There was] undoubtedly a hazard associated with drinking the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune." -federal reportIn a report detailing the water contamination findings at Camp Lejeune, the director of the federal agency investigating the issue wrote that there was “undoubtedly a hazard associated with drinking the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.”

At Hadnot Point Treatment Plant, a volatile anesthetic known as TCE, or trichloroethylene, contaminated the water supply. Local industrial spills, waste removal methods, and faulty underground storage tanks ultimately caused this contamination.

Other substances detected in certain wells in Camp Lejeune include benzene, toluene, and methylene chloride. Benzene and toluene are both components of gasoline and other industrial fuels. Benzene in particular has been linked to cancers, including leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Methylene chloride is a paint remover and chemical solvent. In the end, investigators concluded that both on-base and off-base sources contributed to the contamination.

What Caused Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

There were potentially many sources of the chemicals that contaminated the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), sources of the Camp Lejeune water contamination included:

  • Chemical runoff from a nearby, off-base dry cleaning facility
  • Leaking underground storage tanks
  • Chemical spills in industrial areas
  • Improper waste disposal

Studies conducted by ATSDR since 1993 have determined that the primary cause of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune’s Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant was chemical runoff and improper waste disposal at ABC One-Hour Cleaners, an off-base dry cleaning company. ATSDR additionally determined that the water contamination at Camp Lejeune’s Hadnot Point water treatment plant was caused by multiple sources, including leakage from underground storage tanks, industrial spills, and improper waste disposal on and off-base.

Research concerning the water contamination at Camp Lejeune continues to this day. Other common sources of the toxic chemicals found at the base include jet fuel, metal cleaning solvents, and the manufacturing of paints, lacquers, glues, and explosives.

Side Effects of Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

Any of the harmful VOCs found in Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water can cause poisoning or death when ingested in sufficient quantities. However, prolonged exposure to small amounts of these chemicals, while not immediately fatal, can cause serious, long-lasting side effects. These may range from mild effects to severe conditions. The chemicals may cause certain cancers as well as other complications in adults, children, and even infants in utero.

Health problems potentially associated with exposure to Camp Lejeune water contamination include:

In its statement on the water contamination at Camp Lejeune following an intensive study, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was clear:

“It is ATSDR’s position 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 at Camp Lejeune.”

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“Do I Have a Claim if I Lived at Camp Lejeune?”

If you were military personnel, a civilian employee, or a family member living and/or working at Camp Lejeune during the 34 years that the base’s water was known to be contaminated, you may be able to file a Camp Lejeune claim or lawsuit, and the Camp Lejeune water contamination attorneys at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney committed to justice for our military veterans.

Camp Lejeune Cancer Claim or Lawsuit Criteria

You may qualify for a Camp Lejeune claim or lawsuit if you meet the following criteria:

If you or a loved one were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and later suffered from one of the conditions above, you may qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or injury claim and we would love to help however we can. Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Camp Lejeune Justice Act

"By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans." -B.F.The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows veterans and residents of Camp Lejeune who worked or lived on-base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 for 30 or more days to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim to recover damages related to cancer or other health problems associated with the contamination. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, part of the PACT Act passed by Congress on August 2, 2022, allows these claims to move forward.

Previous Legislation

In 2012, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act became law. This act provides medical care for those exposed to chemical contaminants on the base who later developed one of 15 eligible conditions. Still, those suffering from other health issues or illnesses can still file claims for benefits. Additionally, the Janey Ensminger Act ensures that family members of personnel stationed at the base receive opportunities for benefits and treatments. In 2017, the VA expanded possible benefits available to victims of this contaminated water.

If you are a veteran who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, then you may be able to file for disability benefits and other compensation if you developed a serious health condition. An experienced North Carolina veterans benefits attorney from our law firm can explain your rights and work to ensure you get the compensation you need for medical treatments.

Additional Disability Benefits for Victims of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water

In addition to filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim or lawsuit as authorized under the pending Camp Lejeune Justice Act, victims of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune may also be able to collect additional disability benefits, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans may now qualify for further cash benefits, in addition to their existing disability benefits. To obtain these extra payments, veterans must have been stationed at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.

These additional VA disability benefits are primarily for veterans who developed one of these eight diseases:

Do You Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

For more than three decades, military service members, their families, and civilian military contractors suffered exposure to dangerous chemicals through Camp Lejeune’s water supply. The illnesses that may develop from such exposure are often life-altering or even fatal. The financial cost of treatment is also a heavy burden to bear without rightful compensation.

But you have legal rights under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (part of the recently passed PACT Act), and our Camp Lejuene water contamination attorneys can help you assert them. Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your eligibility for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

“By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans.”

B. F., Riddle & Brantley client

“Why Riddle & Brantley for My Camp Lejeune Claim or Lawsuit?”

Since 1985, Riddle & Brantley has been proud to serve our military veterans, their families, and civilian workers serving our military. We’ve recovered over $665 million in compensation for our valued clients since 2000 alone (see disclaimer below), and we’re especially proud of the way our clients describe their experience working with our attorneys and staff.

Local to Jacksonville, NC and Camp Lejeune, Serving Clients Nationwide

We have offices in Jacksonville, North Carolina, just down the road from US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Many of our attorneys and staff have close family ties to the military, and we are proud to fight for those who have served and sacrificed for us all. We are committed to holding the federal government accountable for the tragic damage and loss of life caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced trial attorney handling these claims.

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Our attorneys are known for their professionalism, dedication, and results — both in and out of the courtroom. We’ve been recognized with many prestigious awards and memberships (see disclaimer below), including:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”
  • AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel
  • The Litigator Award
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
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“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

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$665 million recovered since 2000 alone.Riddle & Brantley offers FREE case evaluations for veterans, their family members, and civilian workers who believe their cancer or health condition is a result of exposure to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water supply. Contact a Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorney at Riddle & Brantley for the legal advice you need and the help you deserve. We proudly serve clients from our office in Jacksonville, as well as our offices across North Carolina — and are ready and willing to help clients nationwide.

Free consultations are available anywhere via phone, email, text, or video conference. We can even come to you directly if you prefer.

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