Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorneys
Were You Exposed to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune?
The potable water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina has been linked to unsafe contamination that can cause severe illnesses and cancers. If you served, lived, or worked on Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and you were diagnosed with a severe illness, then you might have ground to file a lawsuit for compensation.
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is currently investigating reports of Camp Lejeune water contamination that has been linked to chronic illnesses. Depending on how the case develops and if the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is signed, a mass tort might soon form to seek justice and compensation for everyone who has been affected by the toxic water supply. With our extensive resources, experience, and legal knowledge, we can confidently handle a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit of any complexity.
Find out more about Camp Lejeune water contamination cases by calling our lawyers at (888) 801-9916 now.
Camp Lejeune’s History of Contaminated Water
In the early 1950s, Camp Lejeune began to use the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants. Both plants pump water to various regions of the camp, including residential, administrative, and medical locations. Decades later, in the early 1980s, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) found that both water treatment plants had long been distributing water that was contaminated with unsafe levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The worst VOCs detected in the potable drinking water at Camp Lejeune include:
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl chloride (VC)
Reports from ATSDR determined that some locations on Camp Lejeune had drinking water with VOC levels that were 400 times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers to be the maximum “safe” amount. At such a significant contamination level, even minimal exposure to the water could be dangerous. Yet thousands if not millions of people who served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune throughout the years likely had significant and daily exposure to VOCs in the potable water. The number of people who are now suffering from chronic illnesses or who have passed away from terminal illnesses could be staggering.
VOC Contamination-Related Illnesses
Consuming or being exposed to VOCs is extremely dangerous, especially in large amounts or for prolonged periods. It is known that the VOCs at Camp Lejeune are capable of causing many illnesses and diseases.
VOC exposure via drinking water can cause the following illnesses and more:
- Parkinson’s disease (PD)
- Bladder, breast, cervical, kidney, lung, stomach, and throat cancer
- Aplastic anemia and bone marrow disease
- Higher risk of miscarriage or birth injury
- Multiple myeloma
- Neurological damage that causes mental health disorders
Call Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. at (888) 801-9916 today if you served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune and were diagnosed with one of the above illnesses or another chronic disease. There could be a direct connection between your time spent at Camp Lejeune and your diagnosis. If so, then you might be owed significant compensation for your financial losses, pain, and suffering.
What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021?
Filing a lawsuit against the federal government and the United States Armed Forces is difficult. It is not as simple as starting a claim and bringing it to court. Oftentimes, special legislation is required, as is the case with Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021 is a piece of legislation that, if passed and enacted, will let people seek financial compensation for illnesses caused by water contamination at Camp Lejeune. The act is expected to pass soon, so you should start taking legal action now. With the help of our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys, you can start building a case, so it is ready if or when the act is enacted. It is expected that there will only be a two-year statute of limitations for Camp Lejeune lawsuits at that point.
The damages in your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit might include:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Lessened income capacity
- Disability benefits
- Pain, suffering, and hardships
- Loss of companionship
Call Now to See If You Can Start a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is here to help military service members, their families, and military contractors seek compensation after being exposed to unsafe drinking water at Camp Lejeune. We would be honored to sit down with you during a free consultation to determine if you have the legal grounds to start and pursue a lawsuit once the Camp Lejeune Justice Act passes.
People who are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit will meet these requirements:
- Lived, worked, or served on Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
- Used the water from Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants.
- Diagnosed with a chronic illness, disease, or cancer; or,
- Lost a loved one to a severe illness.
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