From 1953 to 1987, more than one million service members and their families were exposed to contaminated water on Camp Lejeune. They used polluted water for drinking, cooking, and bathing in buildings all over the base.
Scientists found volatile organic compounds, degreasers, chemicals used on heavy machinery, and more toxic substances in the water. The government knew about this but took no action. The government ignored both expert reports and residents’ comments that the water tasted foul.
Our clients and others dedicated their lives to serving our country; in return, they were poisoned with hazardous chemicals and left to suffer life-threatening injuries.
Beasley Allen attorney Julia Merritt
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is currently under review in the Senate. Once it passes, President Biden will likely sign it into law soon after. Beasley Allen lawyers are working with clients eligible for relief under this Act to pursue litigation against the federal government.
The Act will offer relief for those exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River between August 1953 and December 1987. Military personnel who have suffered illnesses and injuries and resided at these two installations for at least 30 days will be allowed to take legal action against the federal government. Servicemembers, their families, and civilian workers will be eligible to file for disability, health care, and compensation.
Anyone eligible must file within two years of the date President Biden signs the Act into law.
“68 years after the contamination period started and 34 years after it ended, Congress finally acknowledged the damage the United States caused to its military population at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. Once the Act has been signed by President Biden, victims will have only a short time to bring claims. Unfortunately, many of the victims are unaware of this Act.”
Beasley Allen attorney Trisha Green
Common injuries include:
- Aplastic Anemia and other Bone Marrow Conditions
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Renal Toxicity
- Birth Defects
- Birth Injuries
- Adult Leukemia
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Ovarian Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
Toxic Torts Section Head Rhon Jones, Matt Pettit, Merritt, and Green are representing the plaintiffs.