Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
Located in Onslow Country in south-eastern North Carolina, Camp Lejeune is home to many major Marine Corps commands as well as one Navy command, along with their families. From the year 1953 until 1987, the military personnel, their families and civilian workers that resided and worked on the base may have been exposed to water contaminated with dangerous chemicals every day.
A few years later, the former base residents began to experience health issues and, in some cases, there was the development of cancer. As these brave men and women were serving the nation, they were potentially using water that was linked to life-threatening diseases – as were their families and the people who gave them support at the base on a day-today basis.
It is believed that the senior officials were aware of the presence of dangerous chemicals in the tap water. Investigations have been conducted to determine who knew about Camp Lejeune’s water contamination. In this case, the people exposed have a right to compensation for their sufferings, current and future medical bills, loss of quality of life, lost wages and much more. If you are one of those people or are in touch with someone who was at the base between 1957 and 1985 then contact an experienced lawyer.
What was the Cause of Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune?
Starting in the 1950s, Camp Lejeune was being supplied water from two water treatment facilities – Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point. At Tawara Terrace treatment facility the poisonous chemical Perchloroethylene (PCE) which is commonly used as a solvent by many commercial dry cleaners infiltrated the water. Meanwhile, at Hadnot Point, a colourless odourless toxic chemical Trichloroethylene (TCE) seeped into the water making it unfit for usage.
Side Effects of Exposure to Contaminated Water
Studies have suggested that extended exposure to harmful chemicals like Perchloroethylene (PCE) & Trichloroethylene (TCE) can often lead to serious and fatal diseases which could include:-
- Breast Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Birth Defects
Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
If a claimant has been exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1 1953, and Dec 31 1987, then they can pursue compensation under the CLJA. The claimant must show one or more relationship between the water at Camp Lejeune and their harm to prove liability for Camp Lejeune water contamination.
The victim must first begin by filing a claim with the office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy’s Tort Claims Unit. In case JAG accepts the claim, the case closes there and then but in case JAG denies the claim, the victim should file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit in the federal court. The damages that are available in the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit may cover both non-economic and economic forms of harm that you or your loved ones suffered.
Camp Lejeune Lawyer
If you or someone you know was stationed at Camp Lejeune between the years 1957 and 1987 and have gone through a tough time with their health after being exposed to poisonous contaminated water, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Siler & Ingber’s team of attorneys.
You were there for the country and now Siler & Ingber lawyers are there for you. They can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. You can trust the team of lawyers here as they believe that those who have been put in harm’s way by the negligence of others are certainly entitled to justice.