Did you and/or a loved one live or work at the Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) military base from 1953-1987 and later develop a serious illness? If so, there is important information you need to be aware of. The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek is currently accepting clients who suffered harm due to exposure to contaminated/toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
What is the history behind Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water?
Camp Lejeune (est.1942) is a U.S. Marine Corps Base located in North Carolina. Unfortunately, in 1982, the Marine Corps discovered specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water from water treatment plants on the base.
More specifically, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has conducted studies which found the drinking water was contaminated with the toxic compounds such as Trichloroethylene (TCE), Perchloroethylene (PCE), Benzene, Vinyl chloride, and other toxic compounds. These toxic VOCs were found at rates of 240 to 3,400 times the levels deemed to be safe.
For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations set the maximum contamination level for toxic TCE in water at 5µg/L or 5 ppb (parts per billion). In other words, 5 drops for every 1,000,000,000 drops of water. To visualize this, think about one drop of water in a swimming pool. The water at Camp Lejeune was found to have TCE levels at 1,400 ppb. This is 280 times the EPA regulations!
Tragically, anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987 was exposed to these harmful chemicals. It is estimated at over 9,000,000 individuals were exposed to the toxic water.
What illnesses did the toxic water cause? Individuals who were exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune have an increased risk of:
What is being done for people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune and developed a serious illness? Who qualifies?
Once passed, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allow people who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune to seek compensation for their injuries and other damages. There will be a limited window to file these claims once the legislation is passed, so it is important to act fast if you feel you have a claim. The Act covers veterans, their families, military personnel, and/or contracted civilian workers who lived and/or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.
I was exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune and developed a serious illness, what can I do?
Contact a medical malpractice attorney, like Cardaro & Peek immediately for a FREE consultation. Your attorney will be able to review your medical records, determine whether you have a valid claim, and then help you navigate your lawsuit. The legal team at Cardaro & Peek is determined to get justice for the service members and families who were wrongfully injured by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
If you or a loved one has developed serious illness due to exposure to toxic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Cardaro & Peek, LLC. Our trial attorneys have the resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.