Between 1953 and 1987, toxic substances contaminated wells, treatment plants and other sources of drinking water at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River.
Military members, family members and civilian workers exposed to these dangerous chemicals have been diagnosed with often fatal medical conditions including several types of cancer and other diseases.
Exposure at Camp Lejeune has been linked to Leukemia. Leukemia is a broad term for cancers impacting blood cells and bone marrow.
If you’re considering filing a Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit, you likely have some questions. Below, our attorneys look at the studies conducted on the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, and evidence linking these substances to Leukemia and other conditions.
If you or a family member were at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and have developed Leukemia, contact TorHoerman Law for a free case evaluation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit instantly.
There were a number of dangerous chemicals present in the Camp Lejeune water supply that have been linked to disastrous health conditions.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry identified many dangerous chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water supply.
The four (4) main chemicals that contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were:
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
There were over 70 other toxic chemicals found in the water, all at varying rates over the decades water was most contaminated.
The toxic chemicals came from both military use, and also from groundwater leakage originating from an off base dry cleaner.
Visit this page to learn more about what caused Camp Lejeune water contamination.
The Honoring Our PACT Act is a new bill recently signed into law by President Biden that affords new health care benefits and VA disability benefits to those exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service.
Within the PACT Act is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows those exposed to contaminated water at the military base to sue and recover damages.
An increased risk of Leukemia has been identified by professionals who've studied the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and veteran medical records as a tragically common diagnosis.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming systems of the body, impacting blood cells, bone marrow and the lymphatic system.
There are four main types of leukemia diagnosed:
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
The various types of leukemia progress differently and impact the blood-producing systems of the body in ways unique from one another.
There are also other, rarer types of leukemia that aren't listed above.
Leukemia impacts people of all ages, especially children.
According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, nearly 400,000 people are living with or in remission from leukemia and nearly 60,000 people are diagnosed with the cancer every year.
Leukemia diagnosis can be linked to a number of different factors, both environmental factors and non-environmental, genetic factors.
Environmental Leukemia causes include, but are not limited to:
Chemical Exposure: exposure to certain chemicals, particularly Benzene, has shown to increase the risk of Leukemia.
Exposure to Radiation: Scientific and medical evidence has shown that exposure to radiation greatly increases the risk of all types of leukemia.
Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
Chemotherapy Drugs: Certain drugs used to fight other cancers can inadvertently increase the risk of leukemia, especially if the treatment is long-term (2-10 years).
Benzene, a main environmental risk factor for Leukemia, contaminated water supplies at Camp Lejeune.
Research on the relation between Benzene exposure and Leukemia include:
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Leukemia and Benzene
Environmental Health: Exposure to benzene at work and the risk of leukemia: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Epidemiology: Leukemia Risk Associated With Low-Level Benzene Exposure
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): Leukemia in benzene workers
The effort to prove that leukemia, specifically childhood leukemia, can be associated with exposure to benzene has been difficult.
An article from the Guardian published in 2014 details the story of a Georgia family and their fight to bring justice for their son who developed leukemia while living in close proximity to BP-owned petroleum tanks.
BP and their subsidiaries spent millions funding research to invalidate the findings that benzene does in fact contribute to leukemia diagnoses.
The various types of leukemia present themselves in different ways and levels of severity.
Symptoms across these types of leukemia are generally similar to one another.
Listed below are early warning signs and common symptoms of leukemia:
Fever or chills
Persistent fatigue, weakness
Frequent or severe infections
Losing weight without trying
Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen
Easy bleeding or bruising
Tiny red spots in your skin (petechiae)
Excessive sweating, especially at night
Bone pain or tenderness
There are serious complications associated with leukemia, especially if treatment isn't undertaken as soon as the warning signs appear.
Urinary tract infection
Bleeding throughout the body
Intracranial hemorrhage: bleeding in the brain and skull
Pulmonary hemorrhage: bleeding in the lungs
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage: bleeding in the stomach and/or intestines
The consumption of Camp Lejeune contaminated water has been linked to a number of cancer and non-cancer diagnoses including, but not limited to:
Other myelodysplastic syndromes
Miscarriage, infertility and birth defects
Many more diagnoses
Service members, their families, civilian workers, and countless others were diagnosed with deadly health conditions, and for years could not secure the benefits they desperately need.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a new piece of legislation that has been signed into law by President Biden.
This bill is encompassed by the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which grants new health care, disability benefits and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act affords former Camp Lejeune residents the ability to sue and recover damages for exposure to the toxic substances in the water supply, one of the first times the federal government has allowed legal action of this sort.
Camp Lejeune veterans and Camp Lejeune families will be able to secure compensation for health problems and medical expenses related to the toxic chemicals they were exposed to while living on the base.
Those eligible will file Camp Lejeune lawsuits in the U.S. District Court: Eastern District of North Carolina.
In the past, several bills were introduced to address the issue at the North Carolina military base but none have had any widespread impact for victims and families.
Now, people who were denied benefits or compensation in the past may have a fair shot at adequate compensation.
With the Senate passage of the PACT Act, and the signing of the bill into law by President Biden, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits are able to be filed by any person exposed to contaminated water at the Marine Corps base between 1953 and 1987.
If you, a family member or a loved one was exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune between these dates, and developed leukemia, you may qualify to file a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit.
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