ABOUT CAMP LEJEUNE
Camp Lejeune, located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, has been operating since 1942. In 1982, Marine Corp officials discovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in two of the water processing facilities at Camp Lejeune: the Tarawa Terrace and the Hadnot Point water treatment plants. Despite their findings, it took several years to shut down the affected wells. Research estimates that the contamination could have begun as early as the 1950s.
THE CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINANTS
Contaminants found within Camp Lejeune’s water supply include:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
These chemicals, typically used in dry cleaning, as degreasers, and for producing plastics, must be disposed of properly. According to findings from the ATSDR (Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry), the contamination at Tarawa Terrace was primarily PCE and caused by the waste disposal practices of a nearby dry cleaning facility. The Hadnot Point water treatment plant contained all of the VOCs mentioned above and was victim to spills, improper disposal of chemicals, and leaking underground storage tanks, which spread throughout groundwater and into the wells.
THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THESE CHEMICALS
Investigations conducted by the EPA provide definitive evidence that veterans and their families drank contaminated water for decades. Not only this: they were bathing in it, washing their clothes in it, and using it for cooking meals for their families multiple times a day.
Research by the CDC echoes the EPA and ATSDR, connecting these toxic contaminants to disease development. If you or someone you love lived or served at Camp Lejeune and developed a related condition, you may qualify for financial compensation. Qualifying health conditions include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Esophageal Cancer
- Renal Toxicity (Nephrotoxicity)
- Cervical Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Gallbladder Cancer
- Bile Duct Cancer
- Cardiac Defects
- Neurobehavioral Effects (Specifically Dementia/early onset Dementia)
- Kidney Cancer
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Adult Leukemia
- Hepatic Steatosis
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- soft tissue Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Spinal Cancer
- Female Infertility
- Liver cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Aplastic Anemia
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Appendix Cancer
- Intestinal Cancer
- End-Stage Retinal Disease
- Any other unlisted cancer
A further CDC study found that children present at Camp Lejeune had higher rates of birth defects and childhood diseases, such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Neural tube defects.
UNDERSTANDING THE CAMP LEJEUNE JUSTICE ACT
The Honoring our PACT Act includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which would open up a mass lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern North Carolina. Congress has passed the act, and the senate’s response looks favorable. As we patiently wait for the act to pass, you can prepare yourself by scheduling a consultation with the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux.
WILL THERE BE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT?
While there is yet to be a class action lawsuit opened, with the sheer number of individuals involved and the number of cases already being examined, it is likely to turn into an MDL class action lawsuit in the near future. While we hope this will be the case to save our clients valuable time, it is never too early to get your case heard.
It is great that our government has stepped up so that our servicemen, servicewomen and their families can be compensated for an injury that they have suffered due to no fault of their own. Our service people deserve to be compensated for injuries that they have suffered as a result of protecting our freedom. As new information is released, based upon the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, compensation will become more defined. Settlement amounts vary by time spent on base and injuries incurred, including medical bills, payments for pain and suffering, lost income, and in the most unfortunate of cases, funeral arrangements. With all that said, payouts are likely to be significant, and Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC will work to make sure you receive the highest possible settlement.
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At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, we are warriors and advocates, doing whatever it takes to achieve the best results for our clients. To date, we have obtained more than $500 million on our clients’ behalf. Our water contamination attorneys have been seeking justice for the injured and bereaved since 1984 and will continue until justice is amply served.
HOW CAN OUR WATER CONTAMINATION LAWYERS HELP YOU?
Tulsa attorneys since 1984, Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC have assisted many to receive compensation in claims of third-party negligence. Our past experience with class action lawsuits, dangerous drugs, and toxic torts informs our current success. Our battle-hardened attorneys are working non-stop to get compensation for those affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.