Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Exposure Lawsuits

Camp Lejeune Justice Act Lawyers

Congress recently passed the PACT Act, which included the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. President Biden has signed both into law. Now, potentially thousands of military veterans, military contractors, and their families who spent time at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune could have a chance to file a lawsuit for the exposure to unsafe water there. A two-year lookback window has been created to bring a claim, so you should not delay.

Take action now to demand compensation and justice. Start by coming to Golomb Legal We are proud to offer our legal services to the brave military service members who spent time on Camp Lejeune, and now need compensation for financial losses, pain, and suffering caused by severe illnesses and cancer.

You might be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuit if you meet these requirements:

  • You served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
  • You were exposed to the water there for at least 30 days, consecutive or not.
  • You were diagnosed with a severe illness or cancer; or,
  • You were born with a birth injury and your parents spent time on Camp Lejeune; or,
  • You lost a loved one to a severe illness or cancer after they spent time on Camp Lejeune.

Find out more today. Call (215) 278-4449 or contact us onlineto request a free consultation.

What the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Does

Typically, filing a claim against the federal government is an uphill legal battle. To make it simpler for people affected by the unsafe water at Camp Lejeune, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act makes two important legal adjustments.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act specifically:

  • Stops the federal government from using key defenses often used in toxic exposure litigation.
  • Allows claimants to file during a two-year lookback window, even if they normally would be blocked by the 6-month statute of limitations to file against the federal government.

It is expected that thousands of lawsuits will be filed now that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act has been signed, and that they will be filed with just one court. To navigate this legally complicated situation, trust your case to the team at Golomb Legal. We can begin developing your case as soon as possible.

How Camp Lejeune’s Water Became Toxic

Between the years 1953 and 1987, two water treatment plants at Camp Lejeune failed to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the water there. The main sources of the contamination are believed to be onsite fuel leaks, onsite waste disposal failures, and offsite waste disposal issues from nearby commercial and industrial properties. The harmful substances leaked into the water supply, making it dangerous to drink, use for bathing and cleaning, and even inhale as steam.

In the ‘80s, the federal government learned of the dangerous VOC levels in Camp Lejeune’s water. An independent report showed that the VOC levels sometimes exceeded 400 times the maximum “safe” level as designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Despite having this knowledge, people serving, living, and working at Camp Lejeune were not notified of the risks until many years later.

VOC Exposure & Related Illnesses

The EPA recognizes that VOC exposure can be a direct cause of many serious, chronic, and terminal illnesses. The likelihood of a health complication increases with repeated exposures and exposures in large amounts. Millions of people who spent time at Camp Lejeune could have been exposed to the toxic water, thousands might have fallen seriously ill, and possibly hundreds have passed away from terminal illnesses.

VOC exposure can cause many types of cancers, including but not limited to:

  • Kidney cancer: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conducted a study to uncover the cancer risks of Camp Lejeune’s water. it reported that people who have spent time at Camp Lejeune were 300% more likely to develop kidney cancer than the control group. The rate of fatal kidney cancer cases among Camp Lejeune service members and residents was 4100% higher than the control group, too.
  • Bladder cancer: There is a strong link between the water at Camp Lejeune and bladder cancer. The ATSDR found that there was a 300% increase in bladder cancer risks for people who spent more than a month at Camp Lejeune, with the risk increasing when considering people who stayed there longer.
  • Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer has also been directly linked to time spent at Camp Lejeune based on the ATSDR data. 10 study participants passed away from prostate cancer complications, which is a dramatic contrast to the expected survival rate for the disease. 80% of the study participants with prostate cancer were considered to have had “high levels of exposure.”
  • Leukemia: The risk of leukemia from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is clear, according to the ATSDR study. The rate of leukemia and leukemia-related deaths was noticeably higher among the Camp Lejeune group than in the control group.

Furthermore, exposure to VOCs can cause the following illnesses and more:

  • Higher risk of birth injury
  • Higher risk of miscarriage
  • Infertility
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis

The list of potential health complications caused by the drinking water at Camp Lejeune is far more extensive than what we have arranged here. If you have suffered from a chronic illness and spent time at Camp Lejeune between the ‘50s and ‘80s, then you should inquire with our legal team to see if there is a connection.

Call Our Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Attorneys Now

As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you deserve the best care and compensation when you have been hurt in the line of duty, which includes spending time on a military base like Camp Lejeune. The federal government has not done enough to help after it unfairly exposed you to dangerous drinking water for years. With the Camp Lejeune Justice Act and the help of Golomb Legal, you can fight to make things right. It would be our honor to stand up for you after you have done the same for our country.

Please call our Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure attorneys at (215) 278-4449 today. We offer free consultations to military service members.

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