Latest Updates on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit 2022

Update June 23, 2022 – Our water contamination lawyers have posted a blog with the latest Camp Lejeune Justice Act update from this busy week, including an outline of the requirements in this new law and who will be eligible to pursue a lawsuit.

Update June 17, 2022 – The United State Senate has passed the Camp Justice Lejeune Act by a vote of 84-14, as part of a package of bills known as the “Honoring Our PACT” Act. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks.

Update March 3, 2022 – the US House of Representatives passes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CJLA) with bipartisan support in a 256-174 vote, once it receives Senate approval will allow those injured to file a lawsuit against the federal government.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Criteria

Our law firm is actively investigating potential cases for veterans and family members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least thirty (30) cumulative days between August 1953 and December 1987 and have been diagnosed with any of the following injuries:

Cancer:

  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Other Diseases:

  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriage
  • Female infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Scleroderma
  • Neurobehavioral effects

Learn More About Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlement

Is there a Lawsuit for Camp Lejeune water contamination?

As of June 23, 2022, there is not yet an ability to pursue a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit over injuries suffered while working or living on the base. However, this will soon change once new legislation is signed into law by President Biden.

There is a new law that has already passed the United States Senate and House of Representatives, called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CJLA), which will allow victims injured by Camp Lejeune water contamination to file a lawsuit and seek settlement damages.

Once the CJLA is enacted, the flood gates will open and a large number of Camp Lejeune water lawsuits will be filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (E.D.N.C.). While each lawsuit will remain an individual claim, it is expected that the court will coordinate pretrial proceedings in the litigation similar to a Camp Lejeune MDL class action lawsuit.

Until the new law passes, the only way to get compensation for injuries related to contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune is through filing a claim with the Veterans Administration for disability compensation and health benefits.

What are the expected Camp Lejeune Water Contamination settlement amounts?

Unfortunately, there are too many factors to give an exact settlement amount for a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit. However, we can use prior settlement amounts for comparable cases and injuries to make an estimate of what the average Camp Lejeune lawsuit payout may be.

The recent Roundup lawsuits are very similar to the Camp Lejeune lawsuits, since they both involve toxic chemical exposure that resulted in certain types of cancer, including Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We will be using the average and median settlement amounts to come up with an expected range.

Based on the settlement data, we could potentially expect Camp Lejeune cancer settlement amounts between: $167,523 and $575,000 on average. Keep in mind we do expect there to be multi-million dollar settlements for individual cases similar to Roundup (some were as high as $289 million). In addition, prior results in other litigation or cases does not predict or guarantee the results in future claims. This estimated settlement value for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is only meant to provide an idea of what the average settlement could look like.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Amount Estimate

Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was introduced by former marine and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, along with U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina.

Until the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act happens, veterans injured by contaminated water were unable to file lawsuits successfully due to prior court rulings and a restrictive statute of repose in the state of North Carolina:

A 2016 ruling from the U.S. District Court in Georgia dismissed all claims made by Camp LeJeune victims based on the Feres Doctrine. The Feres doctrine prevents military service members from suing the government for any injuries that occurred during their service.

This ruling effectively removed any legal recourse the victims had to file a lawsuit since the exposure to the contaminated water happened to active duty service members on a military base, and claims for family members were barred by the North Carolina statute of repose.

The North Carolina statute of repose that prevents anyone from filing a lawsuit more than 10 years after the cause of the injury.

Many of the victims at Camp Lejeune were exposed anywhere from 40-70 years ago, making it nearly impossible to file a claim. To make matters even worse, nobody even knew about the water contamination problem until 1982, almost 30 years after veterans and family members were initially exposed. By the time anyone knew about the Camp Lejeune water problems, the 10 year statute of repose was already expired on most potential claims.

Camp Lejeune Justice Act The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 seeks to remove all the barriers and red tape so that the veterans and their families can finally have their day in court and pursue compensation for their injuries.

The act will also provide a streamlined approach for filing claims and disability benefits with the Veterans Administration related to toxic chemical exposure.

What happened with the Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a United States military installation located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Between 1953 and 1987 the military base Camp Lejeune and nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River suffered from multiple sources of water contamination that were not investigated until 1982.

Sign of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina

During that time hundreds of thousands of United States Marine Corps (USMC) personnel and their family members who lived on base housing bathed in, drank and possibly inhaled water that contained toxic chemicals at levels that were between 200x – 300x higher than what is permitted by environmental safety regulations.

In 1982 the military base began testing the water for other chemicals in response to new safety standards that were recently enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report concluded that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with solvents and over 70 other hazardous chemicals.

What contaminants were in the water at Camp Lejeune?

Samples of the Camp Lejeune water supply contained at least four (4) toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including:

  1. Trichloroethylene (TCE): Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a chemical used as an industrial degreaser for heavy machinery and as a refrigerant.
  2. Tetrachloroethylene (also called perchloroethylene or PCE): Tetrachloroethylene is an industrial chemical used for dry cleaning and as a brake cleaner for vehicles.
  3. Vinyl chloride (VC): Vinyl Chloride is a gas used in the manufacturing of plastics including PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
  4. Benzene: Benzene is a highly flammable compound that is the main component of petroleum fuels including gasoline and diesel.

Sources of the Water Contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

The ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) reports there were multiple sources may have caused Camp Lejeune drinking water contamination, including::

  • Leakage from underground storage tanks containing fuel and other chemicals
  • Contamination from waste disposal sites on base
  • Improper disposal of solvents from nearby dry-cleaning company
  • Leakage of chemicals used for degreasing on-base machinery

The report found that toxic chemicals were found in two of the eight water treatment plants at the Marine base:

Map of Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Map of water contamination at Camp Lejeune

Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant

The Tarawa Terrace water distribution plant began operation in 1952 and was shut down in March 1987. The plant provided water to the Tarawa Terrace family housing and Knox Trailer park on base.

The ATSDR report found water was contaminated at Tarawa Terrace with the dry cleaning solvent Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) at concentrations that were 43x higher than the current EPA limit. The limit for drinking is 5 ppb and the amount found was 215 ppb.

Chart of tetrachloroethlene water contamination at Tarawa Terrace Camp Lejeune vs EPA Limits

Hadnot Point Treatment Plant

The Hadnot Point water distribution plant began operation in 1942 and served as the main supply of water to the barracks, Hospital Point family housing as well as the Midway Park and Paradise Point family housing units.

The water modeling report for Hadnot Point treatment plant found the following contaminants in the drinking water:

TCE (trichloroethylene) was the primary toxic chemical found at concentrations that were 280x higher than the acceptable EPA limits. The limit is for drinking water is 5 ppb and the amount found was 1,400 ppb.

Chart of trichloroethylene water contamination at Hadnot Point Camp Lejeune vs EPA Limits

Other contaminants found at the Hadnot Point distribution plant included:

  • benzene
  • vinyl chloride
  • trichloroethylene
  • DCE (trans-1,2-dichloroethylene)

Is Camp Lejeune water still contaminated?

No, All of the contaminated wells were shut down in 1985 due to the health risks associated with the toxic solvents found in the Camp Lejeune water supply.

Studies link Cancer and health conditions to toxic water at Camp Lejeune

Scientific and medical evidence has shown a number of health issues have been attributed to the toxic chemicals in the Camp Lejeune and Marine Air Station New River drinking water including:

Cancers linked to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water supply

  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Other diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water contamination

  • Birth defects
  • Renal toxicity
  • Hepatic Steatosis (fatty liver disease)
  • Aplastic anemia or other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Miscarriage and female infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Neurobehavioral effects

What are the symptoms of neurobehavioral effects?

Symptoms of neurobehavioral effects linked to toxic chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune may include:

  • chronic headaches
  • lack or loss of coordination
  • bouts of extreme confusion
  • sensory disturbances
  • chronic depression
  • impairment of visuomotor coordination

Is Parkinson’s disease related to Camp Lejeune water?

Yes, Parkinson’s disease is one of the neurological diseases linked to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. If you were diagnosed with Parkinson’s after exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune you may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit.

Water Contamination Linked to Birth DefectsIn 2013, the Centers for Disease Control released a study which concluded that children born to mothers who ingested the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were more likely to suffer from birth defects including:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Oral Clefts
  • Childhood Hematopoietic Cancers

Camp Lejeune VA Benefit FAQs

Who can qualify for VA Disability Benefits?

According to the Veterans Administration website for Camp LeJeune health claims, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for VA disability benefits due to toxic contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

    Qualifying service

    • Veteran, reservist or guardsmen at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 through December 1987.
    • Not dishonorably discharged from service.

    You must have been diagnosed with one or more of the following presumptive conditions:

    • Adult leukemia
    • Aplastic anemia
    • Bladder cancer
    • Kidney cancer
    • Liver cancer
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    • Parkinson’s disease

Are family members of veterans eligible for health care benefits?

Yes. According to the Veterans Administration website:

The Janey Ensminger Act (H.R.1627), passed in 2012 to ensures that all Camp Lejeune water contamination victims are eligible for medical treatment.

Veterans and family members of veterans who lived on base at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River between August 1951 to December 1987 may be eligible for health care benefits and out-of-pocket expenses for the following diseases or illnesses:

  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer (hepatic cancer)
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Hepatic Steatosis (fatty liver disease)
  • Aplastic anemia or other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Miscarriage and female infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Scleroderma

How do I file a claim for Camp Lejeune water contamination with the VA?

To file a claim with the VA:

Download and fill out the Camp Lejeune Family Member Program Application (VA Form 10-10068).

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit FAQs

Who is the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit against?

The Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit is against the federal government of the United States. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), you will need to hire an experienced Camp Lejeune lawyer to file a Federal Tort claim with the Department of the Navy.

Who is eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act states that anyone who lived or worked at Marine Base Camp Lejeune for (30) thirty days or more between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may be eligible to file a lawsuit including:

  • Active duty service members
  • Veteran service members
  • Family members who lived on base
  • In-utero children whose mother lived on base
  • Civilian workers, non-military staff members, or other Camp Lejeune residents

Can I file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit if I was denied VA benefits?

Yes, you can still file a lawsuit for Camp Lejeune water contamination even if you were denied VA benefits.

How do I file a claim for a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit?

To file a Class Lejeune Lawsuit:

Once the Senate passes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, veterans and family members may file a claim for Camp Lejeune water contamination through a mass tort lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Our lawyers can help you through the process. Click here to start your Camp Lejeune injury claim.

Do You Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlement?

The personal injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can help you file a lawsuit for injuries related to the toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune.

Contact our Camp Lejeune lawyers for a free case evaluation by phone at 1-800-522-0102 or request a free case review online. During your case review the facts and circumstances surrounding your Camp Lejeune water contamination case will be reviewed and evaluated.

If it is determined that you or a loved one may be eligible for financial compensation or a settlement, it is your decision whether to hire our law firm.

All Camp Lejeune water lawsuits are handled under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any fees or expenses paid unless we are successful in obtaining a settlement or other recovery in your case.

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