Stationed at Camp Lejeune? You are entitled to compensation.

/ December 12, 2023

Exposure to toxic chemicals found in contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina has been linked to cancer and other serious diseases.

If you or a loved one were stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and were diagnosed with cancer or other illnesses caused by exposure to contaminated water, you are entitled to compensation.

Start your claim today by contacting the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend toll-free at 1-866-806-8117, or by sending a message to our office using our free online claims submission form.

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Linked to Cancer

Between 1953 and 1987, the ground water at Camp Lejeune Marine Base was contaminated with toxic chemicals caused by leaks in nearby waste disposal sites and underground storage tanks. 

The chemicals that are known to have been present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune during this period included benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC), all of which are known to be carcinogenic to humans.

Veterans or other individuals who were stationed, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune may be at risk of developing several types of cancer from exposure to these toxic chemicals, including:

  • Bladder Cancer 
  • Breast Cancer 
  • Esophageal Cancer 
  • Kidney Cancer 
  • Leukemia (all types) 
  • Lung Cancer 
  • Multiple Myeloma 
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 

The chemical contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune has also been linked to other serious illnesses, including:

  • Cardiac Birth Defects
  • Hepatic Steatosis 
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s Disease 

Who Is Eligible to File a Claim?

In 2022, Congress passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, a law that was designed to compensate veterans and others individuals who developed cancer or other illnesses as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals in the marine base’s drinking water.

Under this law, veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, their family members, or workers who were employed at the marine base are eligible to receive compensation if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987
  2. Present at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days (consecutively or non-consecutively) 
  3. Diagnosed with one of the above illnesses linked to toxic water at Camp Lejeune

Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, victims of exposure to toxic chemical at the marine base do not need to have served in the military in order to file a claim. Family members whose loved ones were stationed at the marine base or workers who were employed at Camp Lejeune may also qualify to file a claim if they meet the above criteria.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act also allows the family members of deceased veterans who served at Camp Lejeune to file a compensation claim on behalf of their loved ones. The law does not require that a loved one’s death was directly caused by exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in order to qualify to file a claim.

Contact an Attorney to Start Your Claim Today

If you or a loved one were stationed at Camp Lejeune or worked at the marine base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and were diagnosed with one of the illnesses linked to toxic chemicals in contaminated drinking water, you are eligible to file a claim and receive compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

To start the process of filing your claim today, contact the attorneys at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at at 1-866-806-8117, or by filling our our free online claims submission form.