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Camp LeJeune Water Contamination victims have a limited time to file a lawsuit. Find out more about the contaminants found in the water at this military base and the tragedy of Camp Lejeune.

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The Camp Lejeune Tragedy: Decades of Water Contamination

The water contamination at Camp Lejeune, a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina, is one of the most significant environmental and health disasters in U.S. military history. For more than three decades, from the 1950s through the late 1980s, the people living and working at Camp Lejeune were unknowingly exposed to water that was contaminated with hazardous levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

This contamination primarily stemmed from two water treatment plants on the base, Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point. The water sources were polluted with toxic chemicals, including trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and other harmful compounds. These chemicals are known carcinogens and neurotoxins that pose serious health risks when consumed over a long period.

The impact of this contamination was profound and far-reaching. An estimated 750,000 to one million military personnel and their families were potentially exposed. The health consequences of this exposure are diverse and severe, including but not limited to:

  • Various forms of cancer, such as leukemia, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.
  • Birth defects and developmental problems in children born to mothers who were exposed during pregnancy.
  • Neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative conditions.
  • Chronic diseases such as liver and kidney damage, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.

The tragedy of Camp Lejeune is compounded by the fact that for years, the contamination was not publicly acknowledged, and the health implications were not immediately recognized or understood. It was only after extensive investigations and advocacy by affected veterans and their families that the full scope of the disaster came to light.

Our legal team is deeply committed to supporting the Camp Lejeune water contamination victims. We understand that thousands of veterans and their families are still feeling the effects of this tragedy. Our goal is to help those affected to understand their rights and explore their legal options. We are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective representation to ensure that the victims receive the justice and compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered.

Understanding the Dangers of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile Organic Compounds, commonly known as VOCs, are a group of chemicals that are found in many everyday products and materials, from cleaning solutions and paints to industrial solvents. These compounds are termed ‘volatile’ because they easily evaporate at room temperature, releasing potentially harmful chemicals into the air.

Exposure to VOCs can occur through inhalation, skin contact, or ingestion, and the risks associated with these compounds are often underestimated. In environments like Camp Lejeune, where the water supply was contaminated with high levels of VOCs, individuals were exposed to much higher concentrations than typically encountered in daily life. This prolonged exposure to elevated levels of VOCs is particularly concerning because of the severe health risks it poses.

The health implications of VOC exposure can be both immediate and long term. Short-term exposure may lead to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and eye, nose, or throat irritation. However, it’s the long-term effects that are particularly alarming. Extended exposure to high levels of VOCs has been linked to serious health issues, including:

Cancer: Certain types of VOCs, like trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE), have been identified as carcinogens, meaning they can lead to various forms of cancer.

Respiratory Problems: VOCs can exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma and can contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases.

Neurological Disorders: Exposure to these compounds can affect the nervous system, leading to conditions such as neuropathy, cognitive impairments, and mood changes.

Reproductive and Developmental Issues: Some VOCs are known to impact reproductive health, potentially leading to fertility issues and developmental problems in children.

For the victims of Camp Lejeune, understanding the full scope of these risks is vital. It’s not just about recognizing the immediate health effects, but also about being aware of the potential long-term consequences. Knowledge and awareness of these dangers are essential steps in seeking justice and appropriate compensation for the harm suffered due to VOC exposure.

As legal experts in this field, our firm is committed to providing comprehensive support to those affected, guiding them through the complexities of their claims, and fighting tirelessly for the recognition and compensation they deserve.

Differences in Camp lejeune symptoms and cases

The effects of exposure to the chemicals found at Camp Lejeune may depend on: 

  • The time of life when exposure occurs (infancy, pregnancy, childhood, etc) 
  • The amount of exposure (how much) 
  • The length of exposure (how long) 
  • The method of exposure (drinking, breathing, skin contact) 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claim Deadline

The deadline to file a Camp Lejeune claim is August 10, 2024. This deadline was established by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which provides families with a two-year statute of limitations to file their legal claims.

If you believe you or your loved ones have been affected by VOC contamination at Camp Lejeune, reach out to us for a detailed case evaluation and expert legal guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Camp LeJeune

Take a look at the most frequently asked questions our law firm gets about Camp Lejeune water contamination.

What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and why are they harmful?

VOCs are a group of chemicals commonly found in many products. They can be harmful because many are toxic and can lead to various health issues, especially after long-term exposure.

How long was the water at Camp Lejeune contaminated?

The water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with harmful chemicals for several decades, from the 1950s to the 1980s, affecting countless individuals and families stationed there during this period.

Who is eligible for compensation due to the Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Individuals who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period and suffered health issues as a result may be eligible for compensation.

What types of compensation can victims of Camp Lejeune contamination claim?

Victims may be eligible for various types of compensation, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and potentially other damages depending on their specific circumstances.

Can family members of those stationed at Camp Lejeune also file a claim?

Yes, family members who lived at Camp Lejeune and were exposed to the contaminated water can also file a claim if they have suffered health issues as a result.

What should I do if I suspect my health issues are related to Camp Lejeune?

If you suspect your health issues are related to Camp Lejeune, it’s important to seek medical advice and contact a legal expert to discuss your potential claim.

Is there a time limit to file a claim regarding Camp Lejeune water contamination?

There are time limits, known as statutes of limitations, which vary. It’s important to seek legal advice promptly to ensure your claim is filed within these limits.

How does the legal process work for Camp Lejeune water contamination claims?

The legal process involves filing a claim, gathering evidence, and potentially going through negotiations or trial. Our legal team will guide you through each step.

Will I need to go to court if I file a claim?

Not all claims go to court; many are settled outside of court. However, if your case does go to court, our team will be with you at every step.

Three Steps to Compensation for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

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