If you served in the Marine Corps and trained at Camp Lejeune, you could potentially sue for millions of dollars. Why? Because countless service members are now reporting serious medical issues from drinking and bathing in contaminated water at the site. This is leading to major lawsuits — not only for service members but also for their family members and even children that were born after their parents were stationed at this base. But can you sue for damages?
What Happened at Camp Lejeune?
For decades, service members at Camp Lejeune were unwittingly consuming water that had been heavily contaminated with a number of harmful chemicals. Soldiers were drinking the water, cooking with it, and bathing in it. The contamination occurred over the course of three decades from 1957 to 1987.
Despite the fact that the military became aware of this problem in the 70s, they continued to draw water from the same contaminated wells while dumping harmful solvents into the water supply. The wells were shut off briefly in the 80s before coming back online in a direct violation of the law. By 1982, it had become clear that high concentrations of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) were present in the water — at up to 3,400 times the safe level.
What Kind of Medical Issues Did Soldiers Suffer?
Soldiers suffered a range of medical issues after being exposed to the contaminated water, including:
- Various types of cancer
- Birth defects
There are many other possible health issues that may have been caused by the contaminated water. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your own health issues were caused by your time at Camp Lejeune, you should get in touch with a personal injury attorney immediately. It is estimated that as many as 500,000 people were exposed to these toxins over the years.
Can I Sue?
In 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed. This guarantees monetary relief for those who were injured by the contaminated water. As long as you spent at least 30 days living or working in an area where the contamination occurred, you can pursue compensation. There is also no requirement to prove negligence, which makes receiving compensation easier than most personal injury claims. So far, 850 victims have come forward, seeking as much as $4 billion from the US military. Although victims initially struggled to seek justice, new legislation makes it easier to receive compensation. More victims are coming forward as a result.
Where Can I Find a Camp Lejeune Injury Lawyer in Oklahoma?
If you think you were harmed by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you have every right to explore your legal options. Get in touch with McIntyre Law, P.C., and you can discuss your unique situation alongside legal professionals. With our help, you can strive for the best possible outcome and pursue a settlement that reflects the true extent of your damages. These damages may include medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and birth injuries. Book your consultation today.
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