Latest Updates on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit 2022

Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits are now being pursued, after new legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Biden. The new law includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which allows Marine veterans and family members to pursue financial compensation and settlements for injuries caused by exposure to toxic water at the military base.

Update October 1, 2022 – Since the passing of the PACT Act in August, at least 5,000 Camp Lejeune water contamination claims have been submitted by individuals who developed cancer and other injuries from exposure to toxins at the Marine base between 1953 and 1987.

Update August 10, 2022 – President Biden has signed “The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022”, which is more commonly known as the PACT Act. This includes a new Camp Lejeune water contamination law that allows veterans, family members and other individuals to file a lawsuit until August 10, 2024.

Update August 2, 2022 – This evening, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was fully passed by U.S. Congress, and President Biden has pledged to swiftly sign it into law as part of the “Honoring Our PACT” Act.  This will provide veterans, family members and other individuals two years to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits and pursue long overdue settlement benefits.

Update July 28, 2022 – A group of U.S. Senators temporarily blocked passage of this new legislation, preventing the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster. Sen. Schumer has indicated another cloture vote will be held next week.

Update July 15, 2022 – Following procedural issues caused by a tax provision in the Senate version of the “Honoring Our PACT” Act passed in June, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 342 to 88 this week to pass the amended bill as approved by the Senate, removing the one specific clause that has triggered the delay. It is expected that the U.S. Senate will once again approve the Camp Lejeune legislation with bi-partisan support, and send the legislation to President Biden’s desk.

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. After the bill goes through a reconciliation process, President Biden has indicated he will sign it into law.

Update March 3, 2022 – the US House of Representatives passed 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:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Central Nervous System Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colon Cancer/Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

Other Diseases:

  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriage
  • Female infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal Toxicity/Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Damage
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Scleroderma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Epilepsy (seizures)
  • Immune Disorders
  • Nerve Damage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS or Pre-Leukemia)
  • Neurobehavioral effects (tremors, lack of coordination, movement or motor problems or other symptoms consistent with undiagnosed Parkinson’s disease)

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Is there a Lawsuit for Camp Lejeune water contamination?

As of August 3, 2022, the U.S. Congress has now passed the “Honoring our PACT” Act which brings veterans and their families one step closer to being able to file lawsuits over Camp Lejeune water injuries.

The new law includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CJLA), which will remove the government’s statute of limitations and qualified immunity defenses to claims brought by individuals who suffered an injury from Camp Lejeune water contamination.

President Biden is expected to sign the Camp Lejeune water contamination law in August 2022, clearing the way for Camp Lejeune water lawsuits to be filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (E.D.N.C.) for at least the next two years regardless of whether they previously would have been barred because of how long ago the injury occurred.

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.

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 cancer 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.

Before the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, veterans injured by contaminated water were unable to successfully pursue lawsuits due to a restrictive statute of limitations in the state of North Carolina and qualified immunity defenses:

A 2016 ruling from the U.S. District Court in Georgia dismissed all claims brought over Camp LeJeune water injuries 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 North Carolina 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 settlement benefits 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 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)

Holcomb Boulevard Treatment Plant

The Holcomb Boulevard water treatment plant at Camp Lejeune began operating in 1972 and served the family housing units Midway Park, Paradise Point, Berkeley Manor, and Watkins Village. The wells at Holcomb Boulevard were not contaminated, but during the hot summer months water from the Hadnot Point treatment plant was used frequently.

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.

Which Camp Lejeune housing units were affected by water contamination?

Three (3) water distribution plants (Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace, and Holcomb Boulevard) supplied the majority of drinking water to on base family housing at Camp Lejeune.

The following family housing units at Camp Lejeune were affected by toxic water contamination:

  • Tarawa Terrace I
  • Tarawa Terrace II
  • Midway Park
  • Berkeley Manor
  • Knox Landing
  • Watkins Village
  • Paradise Point
  • Camp Knox Trailer Park
  • Camp Johnson
  • Camp Geiger
  • MCAS New River
  • Holcomb Boulevard
  • Courthouse Bay
  • Hospital Point

Is Camp Geiger part of Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Yes, Camp Geiger is considered part of the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. Veterans or family members who were at Camp Geiger are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit if they suffered a qualifying injury.

Camp Geiger is a part of Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune and is located about 10 miles north of the main camp in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The water system that supplied Camp Geiger was not found to be contaminated, but many were still exposed to contaminated water from other parts of the base.

Is MCAS New River part of Camp Lejeune water contamination?

Yes, MCAS New River is considered part of the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. Veterans or family members who lived or served at MCAS New River between 1953 – 1987 are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if they suffered injuries related to water contamination.

Marine Corp Air Base (MCAS) New River is located 9 miles north of the main base at Camp Lejeune and directly to the west of Camp Geiger.

Studies Link Multiple Health Problems and Cancer to Camp Lejeune Water

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

Cancers linked to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water supply

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Central Nervous System Cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colon Cancer/Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

Other diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water contamination

  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriage
  • Female infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal Toxicity/Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Damage
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Scleroderma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Epilepsy (seizures)
  • Immune Disorders
  • Nerve Damage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS or Pre-Leukemia)
  • Neurobehavioral effects (tremors, lack of coordination, movement or motor problems or other symptoms consistent with undiagnosed Parkinson’s disease)

What are the symptoms of neurobehavioral effects from Camp Lejeune water?

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 that concluded children born to mothers who drank the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were more likely to suffer from birth defects including:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Oral Clefts
  • Childhood Hematopoietic Cancers

PFAS Water Contamination Lawsuits

The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are also investigating PFAS water contamination lawsuits following recent discoveries that have identified more than 2,800 residential and military sites that are highly contaminated with PFAS chemicals released from firefighting foam run-off and manufacturing plants.

Similar to side effects outlined in firefighting foam lawsuits, individuals claim they have developed cancer and other diseases from years of exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals that leached into the soil and groundwater which contaminated public and private water supplies.

Cases are being pursued by residents who lived in communities surrounding PFAS manufacturers, such as 3M and Dupont, or in areas known to have high levels of PFAS contaminated water, such as military bases, airports and other training locations where toxic firefighting foam was heavily used since the 1960’s.

Camp Lejeune VA Benefit FAQs

What conditions qualify for VA Disability Benefits from Camp Lejeune water?

Until the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, only limited VA benefits were available for veterans injured by the toxic water. The criteria used by the Department of Veterans Affairs provides some insight into the specific claims that the U.S. Government acknowledges were caused by Camp Lejeune water.

According to the Veterans Administration website for Camp LeJeune health claims, individuals who met the following criteria were 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

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 does not outline specific conditions that qualify for financial compensation, but will cover ANY injury where evidence establishes that it was “at least as likely as not” caused by water at Camp Lejeune. Therefore, our lawyers are investigating a much broader range of Camp Lejeune injury lawsuits.

Are family members of veterans eligible for health care benefits?

Yes.

The Janey Ensminger Act (H.R.1627), was passed in 2012 to ensure that all Camp Lejeune water contamination victims are eligible for medical treatment. However, they did not provide settlement benefits for pain and suffering, or other damages caused by the toxic water.

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), notice of your claim must be filed with the Department of the Navy, and a lawsuit can only be brought in court after the claim is denied in writing or six months passes from the initial notice. Our Camp Lejeune lawyers will handle this process.

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 in the past.

In the years prior to the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, it appears many Camp Lejeune disability claims were mishandled by the VA.

In August 2022, the the Veterans’ Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) released a report (PDF) estimating approximately 21,000 of 57,500 Camp Lejeune-related injury and disability claims were wrongly denied or delayed. Of those rejected, the report indicates 17,200 claims were prematurely denied, largely due to the claims-processing staff failing to send the required letters to veterans requesting evidence needed to prove they were exposed to Camp Lejeune water. So when no evidence was submitted, those claims were denied.

The inspector general report further found 1,500 claims were incorrectly processed due to technical or procedural errors, and 2,300 claims were assigned the incorrect effective date of benefits, resulting in veterans being underpaid at least $13.8 million in benefits they should have received.

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

Steps in a Camp Lejeune Act Claim Evaluation

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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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