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Side Effects of Camp Lejeune’s Water Contamination

Over the years, more and more information has come out regarding a water contamination problem at the United States Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Unfortunately, officials knew of the problem for numerous years, allowing water treatment plants to service various parts of the base from 1953 to 1987.

The U.S. Marine Corps identified volatile organic compounds in 1982, including multiple chemicals exceeding EPA’s maximum contamination levels in the water. Finally, in February of 1985, the most contaminated wells were finally shut down.

Injuries Associated with Camp Lejeune’s Water Contamination

Severe medical associates have arisen associated with water contamination, including the following:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Systemic sclerosis/scleroderma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cardiac birth defects
  • Kidney disease

All of the above conditions can have a significant impact on your life. And unfortunately, our veterans, their families, and other civilians living on the Camp Lejeune base may have been affected because of known water contamination.

Additional Injuries

Some additional injuries include various cancers, including breast, esophageal, rectal, lung, brain, pancreatic, and prostate. You may have also endured a miscarriage, hepatic steatosis, female infertility, neurobehavioral effects, and aplastic anemia.

There are currently no lawsuits in place, but there are proposals to legislators to help create a bill that would allow affected veterans, families, and civilians living on base during the impacted time periods to pursue compensation. It’s vital to let your voice be heard and tell your story.

At Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, we focus on our clients. As veterans who have served this country or veteran families, you deserve the utmost care and respect. Our team is here to fight for justice when it matters most. We are listening to stories, so if you or someone you love has experienced medical conditions because of exposure to water contamination, we want to hear from you.


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