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Contaminated Water Exposure While Stationed at Camp Lejeune

All Claims with the Navy Must be Filed by August 10th 2024

Water contamination at Camp Lejeune refers to the toxic contamination of drinking water at the United States Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This contamination occurred over several decades, but primarily between 1953 to 1987, military personnel, their families, and civilian employees were exposed and widespread health issues ensued. Contaminating substances found in the water supply included volatile organic compounds (VOCs), trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride. It’s been concluded that leaking underground storage tanks and industrial activities on the base contributed to the water supply contamination. These colorless chemicals are not only toxic but are also linked to a wide range of serious health conditions, including cancer and birth defects.

Since the 1970s, Terrell Hogan has represented 1000’s of Veterans and their families for all types of injury claims including asbestos exposure diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis. Now, a very different but specific threat to the health and safety of Veterans is in the news and its side effects are staggering.

Many of the diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water contamination include:

  • Birth Defects
  • Breast Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia 
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Prostate Cancer

If you or a loved one worked or were on active duty and stationed at Camp Lejeune, United States Marine Corps base for a minimum of 30 days, between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, you might have been exposed to contaminated water comprised of deadly chemical substances. That exposure could have contributed to you contracting a very serious illness.

For almost 35 years, military personal, their families, and civilian contactors possibly bathed in and/or drank poisonous water. It has been estimated that during this time period, over one million people came into contact with the water supply and now many are suffering numerous illnesses being linked to this deadly toxic exposure.

At Terrell Hogan we have over 50 years-experience, in assisting individuals both civilian and military who have been injured due to toxic substance exposure while working in all types of industries. Our lead trial attorney, Alan Pickert is a toxic exposure expert. Alan has handled thousands of injury claims and has received over 100 million dollars in awards and settlements over the past 26 years.

Issues Involving the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Health Effects: The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to numerous health problems, including various types of cancers such as leukemia, breast, and bladder cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, neurological disorders, and many other chronic illnesses. Individuals and their families who have suffered from these conditions have experienced significant physical and emotional hardships.

The US Government and Military Response: The handling of the contamination issue by the US government and the military is now the subject of much criticism. Many argue that authorities did not act swiftly enough to address the health problems, failed to inform personnel and residents about the risks, and did not provide adequate medical support and/or compensation for those affected.

Legal Advocacy: The scandal has generated significant public attention and the need for advocacy rights. Organizations and support groups have emerged to raise awareness about the health issues, provide assistance to affected individuals and their families, and advocate for fair compensation, and legislative measures. In 2012, Congress passed the Janey Ensminger Act to provide healthcare assistance to individuals who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and developed one of 15 specified diseases. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs established a program to provide disability compensation to eligible veterans and their family members. However, the extent of compensation for those affected by the contamination remain an ongoing issue.

Legal Battles: The Camp Lejeune water contamination scandal has led to a series of law suits filed against the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, and various private companies believed to be responsible for the water contamination. These legal proceedings have faced a series of challenges related to the statute of limitations and burden of proof.

Filing a Lawsuit and Having Terrell Hogan Handle your Claim

Regardless of the rumors, neither the US Navy nor the US Department of Defense have made any substantial headway on any of the 45,000 claims filed regarding injuries sustained from the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. This includes claims that have been filed by the Mass Torts team of Chris Shakib and Alan Pickert, long-time partners of the Terrell Hogan law firm. Even a bipartisan group of senators are calling the delays unacceptable and that the Government needs to move forward to resolve these claims.

As of December 1st 2023, there have been 129,158 claims filed with the Navy, and 1,419 lawsuits have been filed in federal court. Only ten cases in litigation have met the Elective Option criteria, and four cases have been settled.  All claims must be filed with the Navy no later than August 10, 2024.   Filing a claim is a statutory requirement that must be met prior to filing a lawsuit in federal court.   

At Terrell Hogan, we represent active and retired service members and their families daily. Whether they have been injured from asbestos exposure, water contamination at Camp Lejeune, involved in a motor vehicle accident, or the victim of a medical malpractice, we are here to help. If you or a loved one served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953-1987 for at least 30 days and developed cancer or other serious medical issues, you may be entitle to financial compensation.

Please contact us at (904) 632-2424 or (800) 850-8410 if you believe you may have a claim in the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Litigation.  We have been successfully representing asbestosis, cancer and other toxic exposure victims for over 40 years – over 6,000 clients – so we know the expert medical and scientific support claims like these require.

There are no fees or costs associated with your case unless we recover money for you!

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