Camp Lejeune Litigation

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Near the sprawling Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune along the North Carolina coastline, toxic agents seeped into the soil at fuel depots, base junkyards, and even a dry cleaner. The chemicals poisoned groundwater with hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for over 34 years, beginning in 1953. Millions of Marines and their family members drank, cooked, and bathed in the water. Exposure to these dangerous chemicals is linked to serious health hazards, including:

  • Multiple cancers
  • Neurological disorders like
  • Parkinson’s disease and
  • ALS
  • Miscarriages
  • Female infertility
  • Birth defects

President Biden is expected to sign The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, part of the broader Honoring our PACT Act legislation, soon. The Act will allow victims to file civil Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits in federal court to receive compensation for their injuries outside of Veteran’s Administration (VA) benefits.



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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Testing from two water wells on the base, which ended in 1985, revealed the drinking water contained toxic chemicals, including:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE) – A liquid organic chemical used primarily to make refrigerants and other hydrofluorocarbons, degreasing solvent for metal equipment, and dry cleaning. It is also used in some household products such as cleaning supplies, paint removers, and carpet cleaners.
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE) – An organic chemical widely used in dry cleaning activities. It’s also used as a degreaser and in some consumer products such as shoe polish and typewriter correction fluid.
  • Benzene – A natural part of crude oil and gasoline. Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in the U.S. It’s used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fibers, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, and pesticides.
  • Vinyl chloride (VC) – A manufactured substance that can be formed when TCE and PCE are broken down. VC is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is used in manufacturing various plastic products.

What can I be Compensated for if Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Injured Me?

The following damages can be recovered for those exposed and injured by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune:

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Disability benefits
  • Loss of companionship, consortium, enjoyment of life, and earning capacity
  • Permanent disability
  • Other compensatory damages

Any award received under this litigation will not impede or limit an individual’s continued or future entitlement to disability awards, payments, or benefits under any VA program.


What Documents are Needed to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

  • Documents providing residence at Camp Lejeune
  • Military service records indicating dates and locations served
  • Medical records and diagnoses
  • Medical bills
  • Travel records
  • Health care information
  • Records on disability benefits or VA compensation benefits

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