From 1953 to 1987, the drinking water at the USMC Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC may have been contaminated with dangerous chemicals known as volatile organic compounds.
During that time, nearly a million civilian workers, military service members, and their families were potentially exposed to dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health problems.
You may be eligible for compensation from a camp Lejeune lawsuit If you or a loved one suffered health issues or cancer from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
What’s in the water?
Dangerous chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune in 1982 by the U.S. Marine Corps. The contamination began in 1953 and use was continued until 1987, exposing base workers, service members and their families potentially for many years.
The toxic chemicals found in the drinking water include:
- Benzene: used to make other chemicals
- Tetrachloroethylene aka perchloroethylene (PCE): for dry cleaning and metal degreasing
- Trichloroethylene (TCA): used to clean metal parts
- Vinyl Chloride: over time TCE and PCE in groundwater degrade to become this
Benzene, Trichloroethylene, and Vinyl Chloride are classified as cancer causing chemicals. Tetrachloroethylene is classified as probably carcinogenic. Exposure to these chemicals can also increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems.
Who can file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit?
You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if you or a loved one was exposed to contaminated drinking water for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and suffered cancer or other health problems related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
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