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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Takes its Toll on Military Families

Camp Lejeune drinking water contamination during the years of 1957 to 1987 is thought to have caused life-threatening diseases among high numbers of veterans and their families who lived there. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, P.C. our attorneys help clients subjected to Camp Lejeune water contamination fight for VA compensation benefits.

Background History

Two water distribution systems showed evidence of contamination, according to the Camp Lejeune water contamination study done by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

The Tarawa Terrace water distribution system contained contaminated water from June 1957 through March 1985. The contamination source was an off-base dry cleaning business with a septic system that released cleaning fluid into the ground. When toxic contamination was detected, the Tarawa wells shut down in 1985.

The other water distribution system that led to Camp Lejeune water contamination was at Hadnot Point. Leaking underground fuel storage tanks contaminated these wells. In 1984, Camp Lejeune personnel discovered contamination during a water quality sampling. Eight of the 39 Hadnot Point wells and one of the seven Tarawa Terrace wells were identified as contamination sources and led to the camp abandoning these wells in 1985.

You might be eligible to receive compensation for medical and other expense resulting from serious diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water contamination. If you have filed a claim and have been denied by Veterans Affairs, an attorney can help with your appeal today.

Camp Lejeune water contamination symptoms

While some people were able to survive toxic exposure without serious health ramifications others did not. Symptoms of toxic exposure became evident through the development of serious illnesses among Camp Lejeune residents. These conditions are critical and life-changing for those affected individuals. You must have suffered one or more of these serious diseases to be eligible for benefits:

  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Other related symptoms which became evident include:

  • Miscarriages
  • Birth defects
  • Cleft palate
  • Heart defects
  • Neural tubes defects
  • Stunted growth
  • Low birth weights