Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water

If you lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, you may have a legal claim.

History

For more than thirty years, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with over seventy volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It has been described as one of the worst water contamination incidents ever in the United States. Testing done at Camp Lejeune in 1982 identified several contaminants in the water supply at levels above the EPA standards for safe drinking water.

More than 70 VOCs have been found in the drinking water samples from Camp Lejeune. Of those contaminants, four were shown to be very likely to cause serious injury: trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene/perchloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC) and benzene.

The U.S. government has since shut down the most contaminated wells but that did not immediately remove all contaminants from the drinking water.

Current Status

Lawsuits previously filed in federal court were ultimately dismissed based on a North Carolina state law, called the statute of repose, which bars any claim brought outside of a ten-year window.

In response, U.S. legislature introduced a bill, H.R. 2192, also known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, to specifically allow legal claims to be brought by the victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was ultimately consolidated into the PACT Act, which has been passed by both chambers of Congress and is expected to be signed into law quickly and without any issues.

Once the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 becomes law, it provides two years to bring a claim for injuries arising from exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water.

What injuries may be compensable?

The following injuries have been identified by ATSDR, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, as having significant links to the contaminants found in the water at Camp Lejeune:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Leukemia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Systemic Sclerosis/ Scleroderma
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Major Cardiac Birth Defects

  • The above list is not an exhaustive list. Many other cancers, birth defects and major health-related issues could be recoverable, but any alleged condition must be related to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

    I think I have injuries from Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water – what should I do next?

    If you, a family member, or loved one, were exposed to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water, contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can reach us by chatting with us live on this website, or calling us toll-free at (888) 841-9623.

    At Zoll & Kranz, LLC, you are the priority. We stand with Plaintiffs and veterans to seek change, ensure accountability, and promote the safety of individuals everywhere. We are active in litigations nationwide in both federal and state court, working to give people like you a voice. Our office has decades of experience in claims submission for a variety of cases. Major USAF FS MC Donato Borrillo J.D. M.D. is also on staff to ensure the full extent of any injury and complications are identified. Dr. Borrillo has 10 years of total military service and has been practicing with Zoll & Kranz for over a decade.

    Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.