From the 1950s through the 1980s, as many as one million people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with dangerous, cancer and disease-causing chemicals, such as industrial solvents, benzene, vinyl chloride and other chemicals.
Health officials say contaminants in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune likely increased the risk of cancers, adverse birth outcomes, and other dangerous conditions for residents, civilian workers, Marines and naval personnel.
The identified source of the contamination was poor waste disposal practices at an off-base dry cleaning company.
Water supply wells were contaminated by multiple sources, including leaking underground storage tanks, industrial area spills, and waste disposal sites.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio Toxic Tort Attorney and Camp Lejeune lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation and VA claims.
Dangerous Camp Water Supply
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many damaging chemicals and compounds, some of which are known cancer-causing agents, were found in the Camp Lejeune water supply.
Some of these chemicals include the following:
• Trichloroethylene (TCE)
• Vinyl Chloride (VC)
• Heavy Metals
• Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
• Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
• Tetrachlorethylene (PCE)
Camp Lejeune Veteran Settlements
Veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water, and suffered related illnesses while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began cash payouts in March 2016, available for eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base for at least 30 cumulative days between August, 1953 and December, 1987. Veterans must submit evidence of their diagnoses and service information.
Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald determined that there was enough “scientific and medical evidence” to make a reasonable connection between exposure to the contaminated water and eight specific medical conditions.
According to the VA, about 1,400 disability claims related to Lejeune are already pending. The compensation covers active duty, Reserve and National Guard members who developed one of eight diseases:
• Adult leukemia
• Aplastic anemia
• Bladder cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Liver cancer
• Multiple myeloma
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease
Water Contamination Illnesses
Although the VA is naming eight specific cancers and illnesses in this phase of compensation, there may have been other injuries associated with the Camp Lejeune contamination.
The VA approved disability benefits to veterans based on evidence and ongoing research. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) secretary has said the water at Camp Lejeune was a “hidden hazard.”
The Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) determined that prolonged exposure to these chemicals increases the risk of certain health conditions.
Health officials say contaminants in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune likely increased the risk of cancers, adverse birth outcomes, and other dangerous conditions that include the above, but also the following:
• Esophageal cancer
• Breast cancer
• Female infertility and miscarriage
• Lung cancer
• Myelodysplastic syndromes
• Hepatic steatosis
• Neurobehavioral effects
Camp Lejeune Lawyer & Settlement
As many as one million American veterans, civilian workers and family members may have been exposed to the hazards of a contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987. Anyone who served or lived at the Jacksonville, North Carolina training facility could be at risk of developing health issues. Those who may be eligible to seek benefits include the following:
• U.S. Marines
• Navy personnel
• National Guard personnel
• Civilian employees
• Family Members
Camp Lejeune Illness Contamination
Many affected Camp Lejeune veterans have lost their homes and the ability to work, primarily because of the disabilities caused by the illnesses they developed from toxic exposure. Two U.S. Senators are urging the government to expand compensation for victims, and called the incidence a “national problem.”
The Lyon Firm is proud to represent American veterans in disability claims, involving water contamination illnesses, cancers or any other toxic exposure disease. Contact Joe Lyon for a free consultation.