Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Compensation
Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit, Compensation
Camp Lejeune Marine Corps | Lawsuits, Class Action Lawsuits, Claims | VA's Benefit Denials, Previously Denied Claims, Claim Denial | Marine Corps veterans, Families : Stationed between 1957 through 1987, | Side Effects: Lung, liver, and kidney cancer, Neurological effects, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Bladder and breast cancer | Side Effects Children : Leukemia, Low birth weight, Fetal death, Birth defects, including major heart defects, cleft lip and other oral cleft defects, neural tube defects, eye defects, and chonal atresia.
Marine Corps veterans and their families who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957 through 1987 may have been exposed to toxic drinking water contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene and other toxins. Water contaminated with these toxic chemicals has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including cancers and birth defects. Camp Lejeune veterans have claimed that the Marine Corps concealed any knowledge of the contamination at the base and did not act in a proper manner in notifying former residents of the base nor did they act properly in acknowledging health risks.
The veteran's benefit lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are actively pursuing claims on behalf of Camp Lejeune veterans, and are currently offering free legal evaluations to any Marine who may have been sickened by toxic water at the base. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune, and you suffer from health problems that could be the result of exposure to toxic drinking water, it is important that you contact our veteran's benefit lawyers today to protect your legal rights.
Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Exposure
From at least 1957 through 1985, Marines and their families at Camp Lejeune's Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point housing areas were exposed to water contaminated with toxins at concentrations up to 240-3400 times permitted by safety standards. The main contaminants were volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning solvent, and trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreaser. However, more than 70 chemicals, including the carcinogen benzene, have been identified as contaminants at Camp Lejeune.
- It has been estimated that as many as a million people were exposed to the water from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Water contaminated with TCE and PCE has been linked to a number of serious health effects, including:
- Lung, liver, and kidney cancer
- Neurological effects
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Bladder and breast cancer
Hundreds of Camp Lejeune veterans, as well as civilians who lived or worked on the base, have already filed lawsuits against the Marine Corps for exposure to toxic tap water. Veterans' advocates are also lobbying the U.S. Congress to set up some type of compensation for sick Camp Lejeune veterans. Under increasing pressure, the Department of Veterans affairs announced in December 2010 that it would begin training a specialized cadre of workers to handle the increasing number of veterans' disability claims related to Camp Lejeune. Claims will be consolidated at one office in Louisville, Kentucky, where a group of employees will focus on the contaminated water claims.
Legal Help for Camp Lejeune Veterans
If you are a Marine Corps veteran who was sickened by Camp Lejeune's toxic water, our veteran's benefit lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. For your free Camp Lejeune legal evaluation, please contact our veteran's benefit lawyers today by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.