WHAT HAPPENED AT CAMP LEJEUNE?
Between 1953 and 1987, the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina contained more than 70 harmful substances, including industrial solvents and benzene. These chemicals were between 240 and 3,400 times higher than existing safety standards, and have resulted in cancer, birth defects, and other health conditions. The government knew about this contamination as early as 1982 but did nothing to fix it or warn people living and working on the base. When survivors later tried to bring legal claims, their cases were dismissed.
More than 1 million people may have been exposed.
Under a law President Joe Biden signed in August of 2022, service members, family members, and employees who lived or worked on the base can now sue to receive restitution for medical costs, disabilities, and more. To qualify, individuals must have lived, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. A dishonorable discharge is a disqualifying factor.
CONDITIONS CAUSED BY CHEMICAL EXPOSURE
Exposure to these chemicals greatly increases the odds of developing the following diseases or conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Cardiac defects
- End-stage renal disease
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Miscarriage and birth defects
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Parkinson's disease
HOW OUR INJURY LAWYERS CAN HELP
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with one of the conditions listed above after living or working at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you need legal help. Our injury lawyers can examine your case and help you understand your rights. Time is of the essence. Please contact us by using the online form or by calling our office at 800-861-3356 so that we may better evaluate your claim.