Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Join the Class Action Lawsuit against Camp Lejeune

Pope McGlamry is representing veterans and their families affected by water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. From 1953 to 1987, drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with dangerous chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and more. If you or a loved one spent 30 days or more at Camp Lejeune during the years mentioned above, you may be eligible to file a claim. Call us at 877-285-7656 for a free case review. Request A Free Case Evaluation

About the Camp Lejeune Contamination

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (la-JHOON) is based in Jacksonville, North Carolina, just 50 miles 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 EPA 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 nearby dry cleaning facility that cleaned military uniforms
  • vinyl chloride (VC), a chemical that results when TCE and PCE degrade in groundwater
  • 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 chemical contamination affected those directly exposed by drinking, bathing, and cooking with the water, including children in utero. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million people were exposed to the contaminated water supply from 1953 to 1987.

What Are the Latest Updates on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

September 2023: Department of Justice Rolls Out Elective Option

On September 6, the Department of Justice and the Department of Navy announced the finalization of a voluntary process called the “Elective Option,” which gives qualifying claimants the option to participate in a settlement of up to $550,000.

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October 2023: Camp Lejeune Justice Act Passes

On August 10, 2022, President 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.

Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

The requirements for filing are complicated. Plaintiffs must provide specific documentation and must first exhaust 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 to handle these claims on your behalf.

What Settlement Amount Can I Expect?

Many law firms will put out estimates of average settlement amounts, but there is no way to know how much plaintiffs will receive at this time. It depends on a lot of individual factors, such as illness/disease type, course of treatment and medical expenses incurred, and length of exposure to contaminated water. What we can tell you is that Pope McGlamry has a national reputation for aggressively fighting for our clients’ compensation. Over the years, we have collected over $2 billion for our clients. For specifics on what to expect from a settlement, schedule a free, no-strings-attached case evaluation.

How Much Are Camp Lejeune Attorney Fees?

Pope McGlamry takes on class action cases on a contingency basis, which means our clients pay nothing unless we achieve a successful outcome. Pope McGlamry has a strong record of settlements and favorable verdicts, and we only take on cases we’re confident we’ll win. Explore some of our recent class action successes.

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Pope McGlamry founding member Neal Pope and shareholder Kirk Pope (pictured above) both served in the Marine Corps. Our firm has a long history of representing veterans and their families.

Who Is Eligible for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Anyone who served, worked, or resided at Camp Lejeune and subsequently developed a disease or condition covered by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 can file a lawsuit. This includes military personnel and their families, contractors, civilians, or anyone else who was otherwise exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune, including those exposed in utero. The following is a sample of diseases caused by exposure to the camp’s contaminated water:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma (cancer of plasma cells)
  • Leukemia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Aplastic Anemia

  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease or Kidney Failure
  • Scleroderma
  • 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 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.