If you were stationed at, worked at, or lived near the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base or Air Base and you or your loved ones have developed certain types of cancer and other medical illnesses, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call 863.324.3500 or 407.612.6464 to discuss your Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Case.
In 1985, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune was forced to shut down 2 main water supply wells after it was discovered that toxic chemicals that were in the water supply wells had adversely affected the health of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people since the early 1950's.
The Water Contamination did not occur from a single source. The contamination occurred as a result of multiple unchecked sources, Such as:
- Leaking underground storage tanks,
- Industrial area spills, and
- Waste disposal sites.
Chemicals found in the Camp Lejeune Water Supply Wells, included:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a volatile, colorless liquid organic chemical. TCE does not occur naturally and is created by chemical synthesis. It is used primarily to make refrigerants and other hydrofluorocarbons and as a degreasing solvent for metal equipment. TCE is also used in some household products, such as cleaning wipes, aerosol cleaning products, tool cleaners, paint removers, spray adhesives, and carpet cleaners and spot removers. Commercial dry cleaners also use trichloroethylene as a spot remover.
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
Perchloroethylene is a man-made chemical that can be a liquid or a gas. At room temperature, perchloroethylene is a colorless liquid. As a vapor, this chemical has a sharp, sweet scent. Perchloroethylene is also called perc, tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene and PCE.
Exposure to Perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) may cause irritation eyes, skin, nose, throat, and respiratory system. It may also cause liver damage and is a potential occupational carcinogen. Workers may be harmed from exposure to Perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene). The level of exposure depends upon the dose, duration, and work being done.
Benzene is a chemical that is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. Benzene evaporates into the air very quickly. Its vapor is heavier than air and may sink into low-lying areas. Benzene dissolves only slightly in water and will float on top of water.
The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection
- Vinyl chloride
Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas that burns easily. It does not occur naturally and must be produced industrially for its commercial uses. Vinyl chloride is used primarily to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC); PVC is used to make a variety of plastic products, including pipes, wire and cable coatings, and packaging materials. Vinyl chloride is also produced as a combustion product in tobacco smoke.
Vinyl chloride exposure is associated with an increased risk of a rare form of liver cancer (hepatic angiosarcoma), as well as brain and lung cancers, lymphoma, and leukemia.
- and Other compounds
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1985, specific health and medial issues you may have experienced may be a direct result of the toxic water contamination. This may also include family members, civilians working on Camp Lejeune Military Base, and those that lived near the base.