CAMP LEJEUNE – CONTAMINATED WATER INJURY CLAIMS
Individuals who served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina may have been exposed to contaminants in drinking water. Individuals may have been exposed to certain volatile organic compounds (also referred to as VOC) and chemicals, specifically, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trans-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), benzene and vinyl chloride. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has previously stated the diagnosis of several illnesses is presumptively linked to exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune from August 1953 to December 1987.
Injuries that may be linked to Camp Lejeune contaminated water include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Adverse birth outcomes
Wettermark Keith is currently investigating potential Camp Lejeune claims. To be considered for a potential claim you must have served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River in North Carolina for at least 30 cumulative (total) days from August 1953 through December 1987 and be diagnosed with one of the above-listed injuries.
Importantly, you or your family member may qualify for a claim even if you already collect VA benefits for your injury.
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a VOC used in many industrial and commercial processes. It is useful in cleaning products, furniture care products, arts and crafts spray coatings, and automotive care products. TCE has been classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure.
Tetrachloroethylene is also sometimes known as perchloroethylene (PCE). PCE is often used in dry cleaning agents and as a solvent for metal degreasers. Like TCE, The EPA has determined that PCE is carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure. Some state agencies warn that OCE is to be handled with extreme caution and can cause reproductive damage.
Dichloroethylene (DCE) is classified by the EPA as a possible human carcinogen. DCE is used in the manufacturing process to produce food packaging materials and flame retardant coatings for fiber and carpet backing and in piping, coating for steek pipes, and adhesive applications.
Benzene is found both in the natural environment and in manmade applications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), natural sources of benzene include volcanoes and forest fires, and is a natural part of crude oil gasoline cigarette smoke. Benzene also regularly ranks in the list of top 20 chemicals for production volume. It is used in a wide range of industries to make plastics, resins, nylon, synthetic fibers, detergents, lubricants, drugs, and pesticides. Exposure to benzene has been shown to cause numerous health effects such as cancer and anemia.
Vinyl Chloride is not a naturally occurring substance. It is produced industrially for certain commercial uses. The primary use of vinyl chloride is to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC is used to make plastic products such as pies, wires, and cable coatings. Exposure to vinyl chloride is linked to an increased risk of developing cancers.
HOUSING AREAS AFFECTED
Several of the housing areas at Camp Lejeune may have been affected by water contamination, including:
- Berkeley Manor
- Hadnot Point
- Hospital Point
- Midway Park
- Paradise Point
- Tarawa Terrace
- Watkins Village
- Knox Trailer Park (Frenchman’s Point)
CAMP LEJEUNE ACT OF 2022
The law may not have adequately protected individuals injured by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. In fact, the law may have excluded some claims entirely. Additionally, the United States Government could claim it is immune from being sued related to Cam Lejeune injuries.
However, in May 2022, a bill was passed that created an exception to the rule that the government is immune, or protected from, lawsuits. The Camp Lejeune Act of 2022 allows service members and their families to bring claims and seek compensation for injuries as a result of exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
The Act establishes the following criteria for claims:
- Individuals must have lived or worked or been exposed to water at Camp Lejeune for 30 cumulative (total) days from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987
- Individuals must have been exposed to water provided by the United States
- Individuals must have suffered an exposure-related injury.
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