Types of Water Contamination Found at Camp Lejeune
A water quality study done in 1982 showed high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC), and benzene were found in the drinking water sources supplying much of base housing. In addition, the water samples contained heavy metals, mercury, and pesticides. The contamination came from several sources, including an off-base dry cleaner and local farms.
What are the Effects of Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune?
The VOCs, heavy metals and other cancer-causing toxins found at Camp Lejeune have been linked directly to a number of diseases and illnesses. The following is a list of potential illnesses or occurrences that may be caused by these toxins. Not every illness has been studied fully, so if you lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 – 1987 and you have an illness you think may be related to the contaminated water, call our team to see if you may be entitled to the benefits under the Justice Act of 2022.
Illnesses Related to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination:
Kidney Cancer * Leukemia * Breast Cancer * Lung Cancer
Female Infertility * Renal Toxicity * Bladder Cancer * Miscarriages
Scleroderma * Hepatic Steatosis * Prostate Cancer * Pancreatic Cancer
Neurobehavioral Issues * Brain Cancer * Esophageal Cancer * Rectal Cancer
How will Rutter Mills Help with Your Water Treatment Claim?
Virginia has one of the highest populations of people potentially impacted by this Act, so you may have seen ads on TV and online for national law firms offering to help file your Camp Lejeune Injustice Act claim. For those firms, it’s a numbers game. For Rutter Mills, it’s personal.
At Rutter Mills, our clients aren’t just a name and case number in some far-off state; these are our friends and neighbors – our community. Because we live and work here, we have a special connection to the people we serve. Our legal experts have been winning cases like this for over 60 years. We’ve gone up against some of the nation’s largest companies on behalf of our clients, securing millions of dollars in damages for people whose lives have been impacted by the carelessness of these organizations.
We do it because we believe in the cases we take. We do it because we’re good at it. But mostly, we do it because our clients matter.
If you or your family were stationed at Camp Lejeune during those critical years, call Rutter Mills today. We’ll help you understand how the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 could help you get compensation for the unnecessary risk you face.
Water Contamination Sources at Camp Lejeune
Of the eight water treatment plants supplying drinking water to the base, three were found to have levels of VOCs considered dangerously high. Wells supplying the three plants were contaminated by multiple sources on and off base. It took the base officials three years to shut down the wells with the highest levels of VOCs. By 1987, the entire base switched to a clean water source.
Am I Going to Get Cancer or Another Disease from Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water?
Not everyone exposed to the contamination will develop related illnesses. Factors like personal habits regarding daily water intake, overall health, and other biological factors will also impact your risks for these issues. For the people with the most severe effects, this contamination was life-altering. Widespread miscarriages, the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, and fatal cancers have robbed generations of dedicated families of the quality of life they deserved.
History of Exposure at Camp Lejeune
The decades this exposure went on were some of the busiest for Camp Lejeune. Lejeune is home to the Weapons Training Battalion and serves as a primary combat and infantry training facility for new Marines. The infantry MOS is one of the most common in this branch of service. The training course to ready new Marines for duty is a two-month program, meaning tens of thousands of young men and women were exposed to these toxic agents.
Military service requires risk and sacrifice from both the members and their loved ones by its very nature. That risk should not be found in their homes. The exposure was avoidable and unnecessary, and it caused immeasurable harm. No one should have to suffer this way to serve their country.
You fought for our freedom, let us fight for you. If you or a loved one was stationed at Camp Lejeune, call today to find out how we can help you get the justice you deserve.