Thousands of former residents and workers of the Camp Lejeune military base continue to seek compensation through lawsuits alleging exposure to contaminated drinking water caused serious illnesses including cancer. After a lengthy appeal, victims are now able to file claims against the U.S. government for neglecting to prevent toxic water exposure at the North Carolina base for decades.
Background on Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
From 1953 to 1987, hundreds of thousands of Marines, their families, civilian workers and others at Camp Lejeune unknowingly drank, bathed and cooked with water containing dangerously high levels of carcinogens and toxic compounds from on-base treatment facilities and storage tanks.
Main contaminants included benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and vinyl chloride far exceeding safe limits, entering tap water systems servicing base housing, schools and offices. Exposure has been linked to increased cancer mortality risks along with additional illnesses. Unlike the pending Black Rifle Coffee Lawsuit alleging dangerous contaminants, current cases do not dispute product safety itself but rather bystander harm from environmental negligence
Multidistrict Litigation Consolidates Lawsuits
After years of legal battles, current and former Camp Lejeune residents suffering from a range of serious conditions attributed to contaminated water exposure will now see cases combined against the U.S. government. Plaintiffs allege failure to maintain habitability and negligence by allowing the situation to perpetuate despite red flags.
This multidistrict litigation aims to settle thousands of pending cases simultaneously. Eligible claimants can register to receive updates from appointed lead counsel shepherding consolidated litigation, which may take years until resolution.
Who Qualifies for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
The class action aims to cover all civilian and military personnel and family members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30+ days between 1953 and 1987. Exposure over these decades resulted in myriad subsequent illnesses emerging later in life.
Plaintiffs allege the government knew of grave health hazards but continued operations without notifications or precautions, harming generations unable to make informed choices around prolonged exposure.
Lawsuits Blame Insufficient Warnings, Protocols
Despite toxicology reports flagging consistent contamination across base wells, taps and treatment systems, warnings failed to reach residents until shutoffs began haphazardly in 1984. Yet exposures continued thereafter until all systems permanently closed by 1987. There were no protocols in place for alerting those living and working on base as hazards arose.
Even after, medical follow-ups neglected linking later emerging cancer cases or other conditions to endemic exposure at the base. Lawsuits now demand accountability and compensation from the Marine Corps and Department of the Navy for trusting entities.
Which Medical Conditions Qualify for Compensation?
The list of illnesses and cancers recognized as eligible for compensation through the Camp Lejeune claims process after sufficient exposure duration thresholds include:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Hepatic steatosis
- Female infertility
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
Proof needs establishing connecting presence at Camp Lejeune during contamination and subsequent diagnosis. Ongoing medical costs may also qualify as damages.
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Lawyers
Specializing firms like The Gori Law Firm, Veterans Law Office, and Nebraska Attorneys Military representing eligible plaintiffs from Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, and nationwide are appointed lead counsel for the consolidated litigation. Contact them for guidance about your potential claim against the government as proceedings develop.
Class action scale efforts aim securing justice and fair compensation for as many victims as possible. The firms tackle extensive litigation costs and required investigating leaving claimants to mainly provide evidence establishing sufficient exposure and diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I register for the Camp Lejeune lawsuit?
A: Call lead counsel firms or submit case details through the lawsuit website portal outlining your time at Camp Lejeune and illness diagnosis.
Q: What is the status of the Camp Lejeune lawsuit?
A: Consolidated litigation remains ongoing. Trials or settlements likely years away after discovery concludes.
Q: What compensation amounts may be expected?
A: Demands remain undisclosed, but given seriousness of allegations, potential settlements could meet hundreds of thousands per claimant.
Q: Who exactly is liable according to lawsuits?
A: The U.S. government, Department of the Navy and Marine Corps for oversite failures allowing contamination and lacking protocols informing residents of emerging hazards in the drinking water supply.