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Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit

 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allow military veterans and their families to file lawsuits for cancer and other health related conditions linked to toxic water contamination from 1953 through 1987.

What You Can Do & How Hopkins Law Firm Can Help

The Hopkins Law Firm is currently accepting Camp Lejeune water contamination-induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer or other serious health problems due to the toxic chemicals in drinking water at Camp Lejeune, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation.

How to Know If You Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit if you are:

  • Veteran, Reservist, Guardsman (“VRG”) or their legal representative
  • The spouse of a VRG
  • The ex-spouse of a VRG (certain conditions apply)
  • The biological child of a VRG (alive at the time)
  • The biological child of a VRG (in utero at the time)
  • The stepchild of a VRG
  • The legal dependent of a VRG (living with him/her at the time)
  • Civilian contractor (who worked on base at the time)

You must have lived or worked on base at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 consecutive days during the period beginning August 1, 1953, and ending December 31, 1987.

You must have been exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune that was supplied by the United States or on its behalf.

You must have been diagnosed with one of the following diseases* after having lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 consecutive days during the above-mentioned dates:

  • Adult Leukemia*
  • Aplastic Anemia*
  • Bladder Cancer*
  • Breast Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Female Infertility
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Kidney Cancer*
  • Liver Cancer*
  • Lung Cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple Myeloma*
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome*
  • Neurobehavioral Effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma*
  • Parkinson’s Disease*
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Scleroderma
  • The ( * ) means that strong scientific evidence exists for these conditions. No direct evidence exists yet on the others, but they are currently qualified by the VA for medical benefits (but not disability).

How Many Were Exposed?

As many as one million military and civilian staff and their families might have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water.

Where Did The Chemicals Come From?

The toxic water contamination came from a variety of sources, including industrial spills, solvents used in degreasing weapons, underground storage tanks, and an off-base dry cleaning company.

What Chemicals Were in the Drinking Water At Camp Lejeune?

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE)
  • Benzene
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Industrial solvents
  • Trans 1,2‐dichloroethylene, (1,2‐tDCE)
  • And more

What is the Risk?

Exposure to these toxic chemicals is linked to many severe, life-threatening health problems, but especially cancer. Other non‐cancer diseases linked to these chemicals include birth defects, aplastic anemia, infertility, kidney diseases, liver disease, lupus, miscarriage, Parkinson’s disease, scleroderma, skin disorders, and more.

What is Camp Lejeune?

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a 246-square-mile military base and training facility North Carolina that has been in use since 1942.

What Happened?

In the 1980s, the Marine Corps tested the two primary water treatment facilities that had supplied water to Camp Lejeune since the 1950s: Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point. They were alarmed to discover that Camp Lejeune’s water supply was contaminated with extremely high levels of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other health hazards.

How Were People Exposed?

People at Camp Lejeune may have been exposed to the toxic contaminated water at home, at work, and in other settings — such as by drinking water, skin contact, and breathing volatile compounds in the air during showering, bathing, dishwashing, and other activities.

Common Health Problems Linked to Camp Lejeune Water

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Birth defects (spina bifida, etc.)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility or miscarriages
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Male breast cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma
  • And more

Do I have a Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit?

The Hopkins Law Firm is currently accepting Camp Lejeune water contamination induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cancer or other serious health problems from toxic chemicals in drinking water at Camp Lejeune, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation or give us a call at (843) 314-4202.