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Camp Lejeune Complaint
More than 1 million people who lived or worked at the USMC's Camp Lejeune base in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 were exposed to drinking water heavily contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer. Scientific studies of the health effects of this contamination have found that the chemicals in Lejeune water put these individuals at significantly greater risk for leukemia and other blood cancers.
Congress is about to pass new legislation that would give Camp Lejeune victims the right to file civil liability suits and receive compensation. Our company is accepting new cases from people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the period in question and who were subsequently diagnosed with leukaemia.
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History of water pollution at Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune is a major Marine Corps base and training facility north of Wilmington, North Carolina. Lejeune has been used continuously by the Marine Corps since World War II. It has barracks, family homes, schools and other facilities and is home to around 50,000 people at any given time.
From August 1953 to December 1987, Camp Lejeune's water, which supplied residents and staff, was poisoned at dangerously high levels.percloroetileno(PCE) andTricloroetileno(TCE), which are types of chlorinated solvents. Levels of these cancer-causing chemicals in Lejeune's water system were thousands of times above the EPA's maximum safe limits.
Studies estimate that just over 1 million people, including Marines, families and civil servants, lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the relevant period and were exposed to contaminated water.
Studies link leukemia to water pollution
The discovery of water pollution at Camp Lejeune triggered a large federal government response that included extensive studies by various public health agencies. The aim of these studies was to learn exactly how the contaminated water at Lejeune might have affected the long-term health of base residents and staff exposed to it.
It's no surprise that contaminated water causes leukemia.Several studiesshowed that TCE - a toxin abundant in Camp Lejeune - causes ahigher incidenceof leukemia. Children exposed in uteroTCE contaminated waterdemonstrated aincreased incidenceof lymphatic leukemias.
The major source of poison contaminating the water at Camp Lejeune wasABC cleaning. we know there areHigh rate reportsof leukemia in laundry workers. So it's no surprise that our attorneys at Camp Lejeune are seeing large numbers of leukemia victims and their families calling us to review a claim.
Studies link leukemia to water pollution at Camp Lejeune
There are also specific studies that link leukemia not only to toxic water in general, but also to the water pollution at Camp Lejeune.
The Disease and Toxic Substances Registry Agency (ATSDR), part of the CDC, has conducted extensive surveys and health assessments of Camp Lejeune through Lejeune's water systems since 1991, dating back to the 1940s.
Historical model data compiled by the ATSDR were used in epidemiological studies of the effects of water pollution on the health of Camp Lejeune employees and residents. These studies looked at various health parameters, including:birth defect, unfavorable birth outcomes,Krebs, and mortality rates.
One of the first significant reports on the health effects of Camp Lejeune's water pollution came in 2009, when the National Research Council (NRC) released a report titledContaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune: evaluating possible health effects(NRC report). The NRC report concluded that there is conclusive evidence linking exposure to Lejeune water and increased rates of leukemia and other blood cancers.
Leukemia is one of eight original causes associated with toxic water at Camp Lejeune
Under the direction of Congress in 2012, the Veteran's Administration (VA) established a panel of leading experts (the "VA Panel") to review available evidence and provide clinical guidance to the VA on illnesses associated with Lejeune water pollution and could be connected . Clinical guidance published by the VA committee lists leukemia as one of eight diseases believed to be linked to water pollution in Lejeune.
In 2014, the ATSDR released the results of its long-term study of cancer incidence and mortality in the population of Camp Lejeune (the “ATSDR Study”). As with previous reports thatATSDR studyfound evidence that exposure to water in Lejeune resulted in a significant increase in leukemia rates among residents and staff.
New law admits leukemia claims at Camp Lejeune
Victims of the Camp Lejeune environmental disaster were never able to file civil suits for their injuries due to North Carolina's strict retirement law. However, thanks to years of lobbying by veterans' advocacy groups, Congress is close to passing a new federal law that would give Camp Lejeune victims the ability to sue and receive compensation.
OCamp Lejeune Justice Act(CLJA), which was incorporated into a larger Veterans Benefits Bill called theHonoring our covenant act(PACT Act), was first passed by the House of Representatives in March. An amended version of the bill was later passed by the Senate in June and sent back to the House of Representatives for approval.
On July 13, the House of Representatives passed a new, revised version of the Senate bill that eliminated a problematic tax credit provision. The revised version of the bill is back in the Senate for approval and is expected to pass soon.
If CLJA becomes law, victims of water pollution at Camp Lejeune will have a two-year window to file civil suits against the government for violations related to water pollution. The CLJA specifically eliminates the North Carolina Retirement Statute as a legal obstacle.
CLJA authors bear the burden of proving their claims. However, the CLJA assumes a lower weight of evidence for causality. Section (b)(2) of the CLJA allows plaintiffs to demonstrate causality based on a single epidemiological study:
(2)youIF OF STUDIES.- A study conducted in humans or animals, or from an epidemiological study, which has reasonable confidence in excluding chance and bias, and which concludes with sufficient evidence that the exposure to water described in subsection (a) is the possible cause of damage, sufficient to fulfill the burden of proof described in paragraph (1).
CLJA § (b)(2). This wording indicates that CLJA claimants do not need to consult experts to support their claims as long as they can cite a study showing that their injury was related to Camp Lejeune.
VA Clinical Guidance and ATSDR study may be considered acceptableegg yolkEvidence of causality for leukemia claims under the CLJA. This means that individuals making claims under the CLJA for leukemia may not need to provide expert evidence to support causality.
What are the settlement payments for a Camp Lejeune leukemia test?
Our attorneys believe that claims of leukemia at Camp Lejeune under the CLJA could result in an average settlement of between $250,000 and $450,000 per person.
There are caveats to this payment forecast. It's too early to predict Camp Lejeune's leukemia charge totals. There are many unknown variables that can significantly affect the potential value of these claims on a case-by-case basis.
But victims want to know what settlement values Camp Lejeune lawyers are projecting. So we say the silent part out loud as long as you understand that the projected settlement amounts are not guaranteed payments. The actual compensation can be much less...or much greater.
Our settlement compensation projections are based on expectationsSettlement compensation for Camp LejeuneGeneral complaints and leukemia lawsuits seeking leukemia settlements and judgments in past tort cases such as B. consider medical malpractice.
Camp Lejeune Leukemia Lawsuit Example
Most victims of water pollution at Camp Lejeune were Marine Corps veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune. But thousands of civil servants worked at the base, and in many cases these individuals were exposed to Lejeune's toxic water for much longer. This becomes very clear in the case ofHedges against the United States(7:22-cv-127), one of the Camp Lejeune probate proceedings filed immediately after the CLJA was signed.
The plaintiff, Phoebe Lynn Hedges, was a civilian who worked at Camp Lejeune for 36 years, from 1977 to 2013. For a period of 16 years, from 1977 to 1993, Ms. Hedges also lived at the Lejeune base. During 10 of the years that Mrs. Hedges lived and/or worked at Camp Lejeune, she was regularly exposed to contaminated water at the base.
Leukemia caused by 10-year exposure to toxic Lejeune water
In 2013, Mrs. Hedges was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. The complaint alleges that the "causal association between the plaintiff's exposure to water at Camp Lejeune and her diagnosis of acute myelogenous leukemia is almost probable". Blood cancer, like leukemia, is one of the diseases linked to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. Leukemia is one of the diseases the VA considers "presumably linked" to Camp Lejeune's water.
This would be what Camp Lejeune lawyers would consider a "top-notch" case for a number of reasons. First, the plaintiff's level of exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is much higher than in most CLJA cases. Mrs. Hedges lived and worked at Camp Lejeune for a decade, starting with the peak of the contamination in the late 1970s.
Second, leukemia is one of the diseases linked to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. The VA ruled that the leukemia was "suspected to be linked to the water at Camp Lejeune". The combination of one of the putative diseases and 10-year exposure to contaminated water makes them very strong and ripe for potential early colonization.
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