Camp Lejeune is a Marine base located in North Carolina. It has been active since 1941 and, unfortunately, has become the center of controversy and misery. For decades, base officials created a hazardous environment for workers and their families. Only now can people seek justice.
After several unsuccessful attempts to get a bill through Congress, the Biden administration passed the PACT Act in 2022. This law gives veterans the chance to receive damages for illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, including the dangerous toxins at Camp Lejeune. Our firm is accepting clients who have been injured by Camp Lejeune’s toxic contamination. For three decades, we have helped people seek financial justice. We have the skills to investigate your claim and prove that you deserve restitution.
Camp Lejeune’s History of Negligence
Between 1953 and 1987, the base was guilty of exposing its workers to toxic chemicals. The water at the Camp consistently exceeded allowable toxin levels by anywhere from 240 to 3,400 times.
During World War II, the base began dumping its toxic waste, including chemical degreasers, into its water supply. On-site workers used this water in showers, cafeterias, and so on. Even worse, the toxicity spread to the surrounding areas. Workers’ families were also exposed, as were some who had no association with the military Camp.
There is a clear record of Camp Lejeune openly refusing to fix the problem. The Camp was found guilty of dumping solvents near the water supply in 1974, despite an order that specifically forbade this behavior. Similarly, in the 1980s, the base followed an order to shut off its contaminated wells. Eventually, however, it switched them back on, blatantly breaking the law. The government hid this information from the public for the next two decades.
The Effects of Toxic Exposure at Camp Lejeune
Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause a wide variety of serious illnesses, including organ damage, cancer, immune disorders, and reproductive harm. The toxins at the Camp have been linked to many illnesses, including the following:
The toxins found at Camp Lejeune have been linked to multiple types of cancers, including cancer of the breast, liver, lungs, bladder, kidneys, esophagus, and lymphatic system (lymphoma).
Organs that are tasked with filtering out toxins can be damaged when they are overexposed to dangerous chemicals. Camp Lejeune veterans can suffer from fatty liver disease, kidney damage, and renal toxicity and disease.
A malfunctioning immune system can be caused by exposure to toxins. Autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and multiple sclerosis have been connected to Camp Lejeune exposure.
Pregnancy and Birth Problems
Women of childbearing age who are exposed to toxic chemicals can experience infertility, and pregnant women can suffer miscarriages or have a baby with birth defects, including cardiac defects.
Nervous System Disorders
Many nervous system disorders have been linked to toxic exposure, including:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Nerve damage
Toxic chemicals can also cause a range of blood disorders, such as aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and leukemia.
Even when a specific disease or disorder has not been diagnosed, people who have been exposed to toxins can experience generalized cognitive problems such as delayed reaction times, memory problems, and motor function issues.
If you lived on or near Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have been diagnosed with any of these illnesses, reach out to our team in Clarksville, Tennessee, to find out if we can help.
Our Team Is Here to Help
We are ready to help you hold Camp Lejeune accountable for its actions. Suffering from the injuries it caused is unjust, but you also don’t deserve to have your livelihood affected.
We are ready to help you recover the cost of those injuries. This includes compensation for the money you spent on medical treatment, including doctor visits, prescriptions, surgeries, therapy, and more. Moreover, these injuries may have taken a toll on your mental health, and we can help you recover money spent on treatment for this problem.
Injuries like the ones listed above undoubtedly affected your career prospects as well. We can help you recover lost income, and you may also be able to receive lost potential income. This is money you could have made if you had not been busy managing your health.
You also may be eligible for pain and suffering damages. This is money that pays you back for the severity and time of your misery. Camp Lejeune engaged in malfeasance for decades, which means your compensation could be considerably large.
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Our Clarksville personal injury attorney began helping people more than 30 years ago. He uses the experience and skills he has acquired over those years to help his clients. His record of success includes multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts and thousands of favorably settled cases.