Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Pope McGlamry is representing veterans and their families who spent 30 days or more at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. For over 30 years, drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with dangerous chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, systemic sclerosis, scleroderma, and more. Pope McGlamry’s founding member, Neal Pope, served in the Marine Corps, as did shareholder Kirk Pope, and Pope McGlamry has a long history of representing veterans and their families.  If you or a loved one served, worked, resided, or was otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987, you may be eligible to file a claim. Call us at 877-285-7656 for a free case review.

Camp Lejeune

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is based in Jacksonville, North Carolina, just north of Wilmington. Over a million employees, service members, and their families spent time on the base. The camp’s water supply was contaminated with cancer-causing solvents that were 200 to 3,000 times the levels permitted by safety standards. Some of the pollutants identified in Camp Lejeune water include trichloroethylene (TCE), a solvent used for cleaning munitions; tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a solvent used by a near-by dry cleaning facility that cleaned military uniforms; vinyl chloride (VC), a chemical that results when TCE and PCE degrade in groundwater; and benzene, a chemical used in plastics, resins, nylons and other synthetic materials.  All of these chemicals are colorless and lethal and should never be consumed.

The water contamination also affected those who were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River. The chemical contamination affected those directly exposed by drinking, bathing, and cooking with the water but also in utero exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million people were exposed to the contaminated water supply from 1953 to 1987.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act

On August 10, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden enacted H.R. 3967 to allow Marines, Navy Personnel, and civilians who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune to make claims for compensation for injuries sustained as a result of exposure to toxins at Camp Lejeune. Section 804 of the Bill addresses the water contamination that took place at Camp Lejeune and is specifically known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. Individuals who worked, resided, or were otherwise exposed to the water contamination may file for relief for harm that was caused. The requirements for filing are complicated, require specific documentation, and require first exhausting the applicable administrative processes before filing a lawsuit in the Eastern District of North Carolina.  It is important to have competent counsel that you trust handling these claims on your behalf.    

Injuries from Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

Members of the military, military family members, contractors, civilians, and anyone else who served, worked, resided, or was otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) and subsequently developed a variety of diseases are covered by the Act. The following diseases are some of the types of injuries resulting from exposure to the contaminated water:

Qualifying Health Conditions:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Leukemia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral Effects
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cardiac Defects
  • Female Infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Fetal Death

Trust Pope McGlamry with your Camp Lejeune Claim

If you or a loved one lived at or worked at Camp Lejeune and/or MCAS New River for 30 days or more between August 1953 and December 1987 and have suffered from one of the listed injuries above,  please contact one of our experienced attorneys today to discuss your claim. Please call us at 877-285-7656 for a free case evaluation or fill out the form below.