The US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is a US military base situated in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It is a part of a combined installation of Marine Corps Air Station New River. The base camp is infamous for an incident in the early 1950s and 1980s. People at the center were exposed to harmful chemicals in drinking water in training and residential areas. During that time, the people in this camp developed various diseases later in life. These people can file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and demand compensation.
Explanation of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
The people in the Lejuene base camp ingested and bathed in the water contaminated by harmful chemicals. The water treatment plant at the base and another dry cleaning agency outside the base are held guilty of contaminating the water. The companies in question were Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point water treatment plants.
How Was the Water Contaminated?
The initial contamination source was the leakage in the storage tanks and different industrial activities. It is estimated that the harmful substances in the water were present from the early 1950s till February 1985.
What Were the Contaminants?
The initial stages found two main volatile organic compounds or VOCs. However, additional studies show more than 70 harmful chemicals in the water. Some of the most toxic components were benzene, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, toluene, and vinyl chloride.
Camp Lejeune Water Safe for Consumption Now?
The water at the base camps runs through checks quarterly, and now they are safe for drinking. It is claimed that since 1987 the water in the base camp has been free from any harmful contaminants.
What Benefits will The Veterans Get From the Water Contamination Lawsuit at Lejeune?
The veterans are considered for VA benefits. Conditions like adult leukemia, bladder cancer, liver cancer, aplastic anemia, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are considered presumptive for applying for a lawsuit. The veterans only need to prove that they were stationed at the camp during the war in the 1950s and 1985. On proving this, they will receive disability benefits from the Department of Veteran affairs.
If you are amongst those people who were living in the camps at that time frame and are suffering now, you are eligible to file a claim.