Camp Lejeune is a United States Marine Corps military base located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It has been in the news recently because of a water contamination case: between the mid 1950s and the late 1980s, people at Camp Lejeune were exposed to toxic chemicals in the drinking and bath water, both in training and residential areas. This case affected thousands of military service members and their families, and the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was recently passed to enable people harmed by the toxic chemicals to get compensation from the Federal government.
The History Of Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune was built in 1941 and was named after John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. It’s the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast, and its 14 miles of beaches make it the perfect location for water-based training exercises. Approximately 135,000 marines, sailors, veterans, their families and civilian retirees call Camp Lejeune home.
From approximately 1957 until 1987, marines and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune bathed in and drank water that had been contaminated with numerous toxins. Even though there was an order in place that required harmful solvents to be safely disposed of, it was discovered that solvents were being dumped or buried near wells on the base for years. These solvents leaked into the water supply and it’s alleged that it resulted in numerous health issues for people, including cancer, birth defects, leukemia, and miscarriages.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was first brought before the Senate in 2021, but it failed to pass. The act was officially passed on March 3, 2022, and the White House issued a statement that mentioned the victims of the water contamination. The legislation allows people to file lawsuits against the Federal government for exposing them to toxic chemicals via the water supply. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act has also lowered the burden of proof for individuals to prove that they were harmed by the toxic water.
In addition to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, in July 2022, a federal statute specific to the victims of the toxic water supply was signed into law by President Biden.
What Happens To Veterans And Their Families Now?
People who have been affected can take the following steps to file a claim, which must include:
- Dates of residence and employment at Camp Lejeune
- Records from any medical treatment received
- Dates of diagnoses from any health problems or conditions
- Statements about the impact of the diagnoses on your life and overall health
- Requests for financial compensation
Are You Eligible For Disability Benefits (VA)?
If you or someone in your family has become disabled as a result of an illness caused by exposure to the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune, please speak with a personal injury lawyer about applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many people have experienced extremely serious illnesses and injuries, including:
- Various types of cancers
- Parkinson’s disease
- Birth defects and miscarriages
- Male and female infertility
- Renal toxicity
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Cognitive disabilities
Consult With Mausner Graham Injury Law
If you or someone in your family was living at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s and the 1980s, and you think you’re suffering from health issues due to exposure to toxic chemicals, please contact our team at Mausner Graham Injury Law today. The government had a responsibility to provide you with a safe, clean water supply and they failed, so you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, injuries, missed income due to your inability to work, and more.
We look forward to hearing from you.