Water has been referred to as “the elixir of life,” which makes sense, considering that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water. But water may have been an elixir of death for generations of servicemen and their families at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Base. In the early 1980s, it was discovered that the base’s water system was contaminated with more than 70 chemicals, including high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which have been linked to various types of cancer and other diseases.
Unfortunately, it’s suspected that between 1953 and 1987, people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in the water daily. Since the revelation of the pollutants in the camp’s water, a number of lawsuits have been filed. In response, the government passed the Janey Ensminger Act in 2012, named for a little girl who was born on the base and died of cancer at the age of nine. This Act, which is expected to apply to more than 750,000 people, will provide health care for former residents of the camp who have been stricken with any of the following 15 ailments associated with the contaminants in the water system:
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Renal Toxicity
- Female Infertility
- Myleodysplasic Syndrome
- Scleroderma (Crest syndrome)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Hepatic Steatosis (fatty liver disease)
- Neurobehavioral Effects
Considering the costs of battling cancer and these other diseases, this is certainly good news for the former servicemen and their families.
In addition, the U.S. Government agreed last month, that it would pay out more than $2.2 billion to Marines who spent at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and who have suffered from adult leukemia, aplastic anemia (bone marrow aplasia), bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or Parkinson’s disease.
If you or someone you love spent time at Camp Lejeune Marine Base during the 1950s, 60s, 70s, or 80s, you or they may be entitled to compensation for any physical damages caused by the contaminated water. To get the just settlement you deserve, it is important that you be represented by an experienced personal injury law firm. The Camp Lejeune water contamination attorneys at the New York City offices of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have been practicing personal injury law for over 50 year and will put their experience to work on your case. Call (212) 986- 7353 for a free case evaluation.