Kicklighter Law Represents Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Victims

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina is the site of one of the worst water contamination cases in United States history. For over 30 years, Camp Lejeune residents used water that was contaminated with a host of toxic chemicals at concentration levels that were 280 times the amount accepted by safety standards. Nearly 1 million military servicemembers, their families, and civilian workers were exposed to these potentially dangerous chemicals that have been linked to several serious health conditions.

Fuel pollutants and cleaning solvents, along with industrial wastewater from leaking underground storage tanks, made their way into Camp Lejeune wells and water supplies. Military, families, and civilians living on the base drank, cooked with, and bathed in this contaminated water, leaving them to susceptible to serious illness and even death.

In 1982, the U.S. Marine Corps discovered the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The contamination began in 1953, and exposure to the toxic water continued until 1987. The VOCs included:

  • Benzene: Used to make chemicals that compose plastics, resin, and synthetic fibers
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE): Used for dry cleaning and metal degreasing
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE): Solvent used to clean metal parts
  • Vinyl chloride (VC): TCE and PCE in groundwater degraded to become VC

These VOCs are classified as carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals that can also increase the risk of birth defects and other health issues.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act

The Honoring Our PACT Act of 2021 addresses health care issues and other concerns related to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a bill making its way through Congress and will be placed within the larger PACT Act of 2021. The Camp Lejeune Act has been in and out of Congress for decades. Finally, the bill is likely to pass after so many injuries and deaths have been documented.

The new law will allow veterans, civilian employees, and family members who lived on or worked at the Camp Lejeune base for 30 days or more from 1953 to 1987 to pursue compensation by filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit in federal court. After being denied justice for so many years, the innocent victims who were exposed to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water can finally seek relief.

The Camp Lejeune Act would also allow individuals who lived on or worked at the Camp Lejeune base during that time to file a claim, regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with a specific disease or illness. This is a major step towards providing victims affected by Camp Lejeune toxic water with much-needed compensation after decades of suffering.

There are thousands of reported cases by victims who believed they were safe within the military installation, as well as other innocent employees who worked at the base. The complete impact of the contamination and range to which it spread are still under investigation. However, there are many known and documented injuries and illnesses linked to the exposure, including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Miscarriage
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Renal Toxicity

Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if you or a loved one:

  • Were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1952 and December 31, 1987.
  • Suffered cancer or other health problems related to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

If you or a loved were exposed to toxic water at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune, an experienced Springfield personal injury lawyer at Kicklighter Law can help you. We have a strong history of successful representation in many areas of personal injury law. Our vast experience allows us to provide exceptional service to our clients. We are skilled and knowledgeable regarding the compensation you may be entitled to, including:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future loss of earnings
  • Past and ongoing medical expenses

Find out if you qualify for a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit by contacting our Springfield personal injury lawyers at Kicklighter Law. You are still entitled to your VA benefits if you report your injuries and file a claim.

Springfield Personal Injury Lawyers at Kicklighter Law Advocate for Victims of Camp Lejeune Toxic Water

If you or a loved one has been injured due to exposure to Camp Lejeune contaminated water, contact the dedicated Springfield personal injury lawyers at Kicklighter Law for an initial consultation. We will actively pursue the compensation you deserve as a victim of toxic water. Call us today at 912-461-6309 or contact us online. Located in Springfield, Georgia, we proudly serve clients in Effingham County, Savannah, and the surrounding areas.