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Compensation for Camp Lejeune Veterans and Civilians

The Camp Lejeune lawsuit provides veterans and civilians alike the opportunity to pursue compensation for the unsafe, negligent living conditions they were exposed to during their tenure at the military base. 

Veterans, civilian contractors, reservists, and military dependents, who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or base housing for at least 30 days from January 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, may be able to obtain monetary compensation, disability benefits, and health care if diagnosed with a myriad of severe medical conditions linked to exposure to toxic groundwater.

 

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For decades, tens of thousands of service members, civilian contractors, and military families living and working at Camp Lejeune were exposed to cancer-causing substances in their drinking water. Now, thousands of military veterans, military family members, and former contractors have been diagnosed with reproductive issues, congenital disabilities, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and other severe medical conditions due to contaminated water. The federal government just admitted that Camp Lejeune’s water sources had been contaminated from 1953 through 1987.

 

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Camp Lejeune's Drinking Water Was Contaminated with Toxic Chemicals

Personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune have reported suffering from a long list of severe illnesses. Currently, Montlick is prepared to fight for compensation for personnel who have suffered from the following after being stationed at Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days between January 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987:

  • Cancer
    • Bladder cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Kidney
    • Leukemia
    • Lung
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma (hardening of bodily tissues.)
  • Parkinson’s Disease*

*Montlick Injury Attorneys is also investigating Parkinson’s Disease claims. The government may include Parkinson’s Disease as another compensable medical condition.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) believes that Camp Lejeune’s toxic water causes Parkinson’s Disease. Senator Blumenthal is fighting for thousands of military veterans and military dependents who have suffered “very legitimate, serious claims for injuries” connected to contaminated groundwater at Camp Lejeune, Marine Base, and local area base housing. 

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Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant – The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) performed some routine water treatment plant tests and discovered that Camp Lejeune’s drinking water sources were contaminated with Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Trichloroethylene (TCE), Benzene, and vinyl chloride (VC). The highest level of Tetrachloroethylene found in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water was in the month of February in 1985. These levels reached a dangerous level of 215 parts per billion (μg/L). The ATSDR stated that the source of toxic chemical contamination was a dry cleaner business named ABC One-Hour Cleaners. Reportedly, the most contaminated water wells were closed in February 1985. The ATSDR also thinks the Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant’s PCE concentration surpassed the EPA’s maximum Tetrachloroethylene in drinking water level (of 5 μg/L) from November 1957 until the end of February 1987. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry stated that PCE could degrade in groundwater to create other toxins such as Trichloroethylene (TCE), trans-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), and vinyl chloride. In 1985, the Tarawa Terrace drinking water system was contaminated with Benzene. However, the volume of detected Benzene fell beneath the 5 ppb (parts per billion) permitted by the EPA.

To view the levels of PCE and other chemical toxic chemical by-products discovered in Tarawa Terrace groundwater, visit this page and this page.

Hadnot Point Treatment Plant – Trichloroethylene (TCE) was the primary chemical found at the Hadnot Point Treatment Plant. The acceptable level of Trichloroethylene in drinking water is 5 μg/L. In May 1982, levels of Trichloroethylene found in Hadnot Point Treatment Plant’s drinking water reached 1,400 μg/L. Hadnot Point Treatment Plant also had other chemical contaminants such as vinyl chloride, DCE (trans 1,2-dichloroethylene), TCE, Benzene, and PCE. DCE (trans 1,2-dichloroethylene) levels reached 407 μg/L in January 1985. Benzene contamination was also discovered at the Hadnot Point Treatment Plant in 1985.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry stated that there were many contamination sources to blame for the contamination, including leaking underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites. Hadnot Point Treatment Plant’s most contaminated drinking water wells were shut down by February 1985.

Health Consequences of Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Vinyl Chloride, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene (TCE) Exposure

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) reported that there are several severe health effects connected with exposure to Benzene, vinyl chloride (VC), Trichloroethylene (TCE), and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE). The ATSDR says that some people who have been exposed to chemicals like Trichloroethylene (TCE), Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Benzene, or vinyl chloride may not develop health problems.

The ATSDR also reports that the health effects of exposure to these chemicals will depend on:

  • The age of exposure,
  • How much exposure,
  • The duration of exposure,
  • The chemicals exposed,
  • Type of exposure (breathing in fumes, consuming, drinking, etc.), and
  • Personal traits.

The ATSDR assessed sixteen diseases in its “ATSDR Assessment of the Evidence for the Drinking Water Contaminants at Camp Lejeune and Specific Cancers and Other Diseases” report. Their report included its ATSDR’s Camp Lejeune study results and various studies of various populations exposed occupationally or environmentally to TCE, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, and PCE.

According to the ATSDR’s conclusion, the ATSDR has identified sixteen serious health effects where they discovered sufficient evidence for causation in people who were exposed occupationally or environmentally to the aforementioned chemicals discovered in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water sources. The evidence is considered “sufficient for causation” when there is:

  1. Sufficient evidence from human investigations when confounding biases and chance are ruled out with certainty, or
  2. There is “less than adequate” evidence found in human studies, but there is substantial proof that the chemical acts through a similar mechanism in human beings, and there is adequate evidence of causation found in animal studies.

The Health Effects Identified by the ATSDR

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The health consequences (with adequate evidence for causation) for TCE are:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Cardiac Defects
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The health consequences (with adequate evidence for causation) for PCE include:

  • Leukemias
  • Bladder cancer

The health consequences (with satisfactory evidence for causation) for Benzene include:

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The health consequences (with satisfactory evidence for causation) for Vinyl Chloride is:

  • Liver cancer

The health effects where there is sufficient research to support a link between exposure and health effects, but not enough research to definitively conclude that exposure leads to a specific health effect. More research is needed to prove exposure causes the health effect.

The health effects connected with TCE exposure include:

  • Leukemia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • End-stage Renal Disease
  • Liver Cancer
  • Scleroderma
  • Multiple Myeloma

The medical effects connected with causation for PCE, include:

  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • End-stage Renal Disease

The health effects connected with Benzene include:

  • Multiple myeloma

The additional health consequences connected with PCE, Benzene, TCE, and/or vinyl chloride were found in other populations who either worked with the chemicals or drank water contaminated with the chemicals.

Health effects with positive conclusions in one study that assessed exposure to PCE and/or TCE, including:

  • Cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Lung cancer
    • Hodgkin’s Disease
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Rectal cancer
    • Breast cancer
  • Chonal atresia
  • Eye defects
  • Birth Defects
    • Fetal Death
    • Low Birth Weight
    • Major Malformations
    • Miscarriage
    • Neural Tube Defects
    • Cleft lip and Oral cleft defects
    • Small for gestational age
  • Impaired Immune System
  • Neurological Damage
  • Neurobehavioral Performance Deficits
  • Severe Hypersensitivity Skin Disorder

Health effects with positive findings in at least one study that investigated Benzene exposure:

  • Miscarriage
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Medical effects with positive conclusions in one or more studies that examined vinyl chloride exposure:

  • Lung cancer
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Brain cancer
  • Soft tissue cancer

ATSDR’s Camp Lejeune health studies can be viewed here.

Who is Qualified for Monetary Compensation or VA Disability Benefits?

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If you or a family member were exposed to toxic contaminants in the drinking water at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River or Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, your claim deserves to be investigated by our Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claims Lawyers. The federal government admits that medical and scientific evidence shows a connection between the aforementioned medical conditions and exposure to the aforementioned chemicals. If you or a loved one have been exposed to the contaminated groundwater and are diagnosed with one or more of the sixteen diseases posted above, you or your family member could be eligible for monetary damages through a lawsuit or disability benefits.

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To qualify for VA disability benefits only, you must show that you were stationed at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for 30 days or longer during the time period of August 1953 until December 1987, you were honorably discharged, and are currently diagnosed with at least one of the subsequent presumptive conditions:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Adult leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Liver cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma

The VA’s website states that qualified military service members might also qualify for the following benefits:

  • Health Care/Treatment
  • Monetary Compensation (payments)

Can Former Military Dependents Who Were Exposed to Toxic Camp Lejeune Water Receive Benefits?

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Yes. Family members who were stationed at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for 30 cumulative days or longer during the time period of August 1953 to December 1987 could be eligible to obtain health care benefits. The VA might also reimburse qualified military dependents for medical expenses connected to the following fifteen medical conditions:

  • Neurobehavioral Effects
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Female Infertility
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Miscarriages
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Scleroderma
  • Renal toxicity
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Veterans, civilian contractors, reservists, and military dependents, who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or base housing for at least 30 days, and who developed specific illnesses, listed below.
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