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. The water contamination also affected those stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River. Some of the pollutants identified in Camp Lejeune water include
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Military personnel and their families, contractors, civilians, and anyone else who served, worked, resided, or was otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) and subsequently developed one of the various diseases covered by the Act. The following is a sample of diseases resulting from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune: