What Happened at Camp Lejeune?
If you or a loved one served on the Camp Lejeune military base in Jacksonville, FL between the years 1953 and 1987, and you have been diagnosed with any of the below-stated diseases, you potentially will be able to make a civil claim.
Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina is known for being a marine corps base for our beloved military members. This U.S. Marine Corps Base was established in 1942 and was home to millions of people serving in our military. For decades the brave men and women defending our country, and other personnel on the base, were provided water through water wells on the property. Little did they know that the water that they were consuming was full of harmful chemicals that a human is never supposed to consume.
People who drank the water were never told by the government that there were harmful toxins in the water, that which they are now exposed. The failure to inform the military personnel about the exposure has led to cancer diagnoses and sadly many deaths.
Two of the eight water wells that are located on the military base premise have now been shut down after the discovery of the contaminates effects.
Due to contamination in the Camp Lejeune water, marines have been recently diagnosed with a number of diseases. There is evidence showing a correlation between the contaminants in the water of this particular military station, and diseases such as, but not limited to:
• Female infertility & miscarriages
• Renal toxicity
• Hepatic steatosis
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Neurobehavioral effects
• Multiple myeloma
• Myelodysplastic syndromes
• Birth defects
• Lung cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Esophageal cancer
• Bladder cancer
• Breast cancer
• Cervical cancer
• Prostate cancer
• Ovarian cancer
These diseases have been scientifically shown to be caused by 4 known chemicals that were found in the Camp Lejeune water. The water wells on the base contained: Benzene, Perchloroethylene (PCE), Trichloroethylene (TCE), and Vinyl chloride. All 4 stated chemicals, along with other chemical compounds in the Camp Lejeune water are toxic to the human body and all of its organ systems. Chemicals like these should never be consumed because they will cause detrimental damage to your organs and your nervous system.
Along with those 4 chemicals there was another element found in the water. In 2012 mercury was found to be in the Camp Lejeune water which is known to be highly toxic to humans. It was found that pregnant woman staying on the base (that were consuming the water) were passing the mercury element to their unborn babies. This exposure is mush more severe for the children due to their smaller lungs that causes them to have an elevated breathing rate. Another disadvantage that the children had was that they also are slowly developing an immune system that is not strong enough to defend against mercury.
So not only were those serving in the military being physically affected, but their children also are exposed to the toxins of the water.
What We Expect the Law to Be: You Can Make a Claim
If you or a loved one served on the Camp Lejeune military base between the years 1953 and 1987, and you have been diagnosed with any of the above-stated diseases, you potentially will be able to make a civil claim.
Due to the tragedies that have occurred due to the contamination, there is a civil lawsuit being pursued to get justice for those affected by Camp Lejeune’s water contamination. It is expected that there will be a new last passed named the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), which is associated with the Honoring Our Pact Act. Those who have been personally injured or any wrongful death associated with the contamination due to the lack of being informed by the government of said contaminants will be eligible to participate in the lawsuit.
The CLJA was initially presented to the House of Representatives back in January of 2022, and since then it has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This is a promising sign that the bill will soon be made a law officially. President Joe Biden is now the final stamp of approval that this bill needs to formally become a U.S. law. President Biden has spoken previously on the bill and expressed his approval verbally that he intends to sign this into law. With this bill anticipated to be a law, veterans and loved ones of those who were affected by the water contamination will be able to seek compensation.
Contact King Law Now For Legal Help
Here at King Law, we expect to see the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) to be passed and we are here to help you every step of the way in your future civil claim. We are here to be a support system in your journey to fight for the rights of veterans and their loved ones. Contact us today.