Until recently, federal law prevented victims of contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune from seeking justice. Fortunately, Congress recently passed legislation that removes the governmental immunity which prohibited these claims from being pursued – finally allowing our veterans’ voices to be heard.
This means that if you or a loved one served or were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987, you may bring a claim for exposure to that contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Claims are not limited to veterans – family members also living on base at any time during the years 1957 to 1987 may also have a claim
Persons working and living in areas serviced by two of the main water distribution systems, Hadna Point and Tarawa Terrace, were exposed to toxic chemicals and carcinogens in their drinking and bathing water. Toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune included: trichloroethylene (TCE); perchloroethylene (PCE); benzene; and vinyl chloride.
Areas serviced by toxic water at Camp Lejeune included barracks, family housing, daycares, schools and numerous workplaces.
The water contamination at Camp Lejeune caused many types of cancer including:
● Esophageal cancer
● Lung Cancer
● Breast Cancer
● Bladder Cancer
● Kidney Cancer
● Multiple myeloma
● Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Female infertility and miscarriages may also have resulted from the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
While this legislation did not create a fund for payment to victims, it does make it possible for victims to file litigation in a Multi-District Litigation Court (MDL). Claims can only be made through a lawsuit. This being the case, your choice of representation in this matter is important.
DuBose Law Firm, PLLC has decades of experience representing victims of environmental toxins in complex litigation – including MDL proceedings. DuBose Law Firm is now representing victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination. Contact us today for a free evaluation.