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Have You Been Affected by Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Exposure?

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Camp Lejeune water contamination litigation is a growing legal action involving individuals exposed to toxic water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987. More than one million people may have been exposed during that time. Victims are seeking compensation for injuries and wrongful death caused by exposure to the toxic chemicals in the water, known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Those exposed are veterans and their families, civilian employees, and unborn children that resided at Camp Lejeune.

 PFAS are a group of synthetic chemical compounds used in industry and consumer products since the 1950s. Examples of toxic products include non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, firefighting foam, and more. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies PFAS chemicals as “emerging contaminants,” due to their severe and fatal health effects.

The Environmental Working Group, which specializes in research and advocacy in drinking water pollutants, estimates that more than 200 million Americans have PFAS compounds in their drinking water. The Centers for Disease Control study reported in 2019 that 97% of Americans have PFAS contaminants in their blood.

Adverse Health effects of PFAS:

  • Male infertility
  • Miscarriages and low birth weights of newborns
  • Preeclampsia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Congenital disabilities
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Other cancers
  • Liver damage
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Thyroid disease
  • Asthma
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Increased risk of diabetes and hypertension in women

Correlation of PFAS Compounds with Covid-19 Outcomes

A study in 2019 at Harvard University correlated PFAS chemicals with the outcomes of those infected with the Covid-19 virus. The researchers tested the blood samples of 323 Covid-19 patients for five types of PFAS compounds. They concluded that the chemical PFBA accumulates in the lungs, and those with higher blood levels of PFBA suffered more severe Covid-19 infections. These patients were more likely to have a severe illness, require hospitalization, and die from Covid-19 than patients with lower PFBA levels. 

Multidistrict Litigation

The Camp Lejeune water contamination multidistrict litigation (MDL) is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. It consists of over 1,000 cases filed by individuals who allege they were injured or their loved ones have died due to toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune. The MDL is centralized before Judge Louise Wood Flanagan.

Important Criteria to Consider for Camp Lejeune Multidistrict Litigation are:

  • Were you in the military and stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987?
  • Were you a contractor or other civilian staff at Camp Lejeune during that time?
  • Were you an unborn child that suffered congenital disabilities from water toxicity exposure in utero?
  • Do you or a loved one have a severe diagnosis linked to PFAS exposure?
  • Were you or a loved one exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days?
  • Do you have pre-existing health conditions?

Orlando Accident Attorney Helps Camp Lejeune Victims By:

  • Gathering and preserving evidence to support the claim
  • Working with medical experts to establish causation between illness and exposure to PFAS chemicals
  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit in the Camp Lejeune multidistrict litigation

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is paused due to new legislation (Honoring Our Pact Act), which allows victims to bring claims against the government for water-toxicity diseases acquired at Camp Lejeune. This law allows claimants to pursue personal injury lawsuits for a limited time.

Do You Have Questions? Get Answers from Orlando Accident Attorney

Orlando Accident Attorney reviews cases and investigates potential claims for Camp Lejeune water contamination litigation. We offer a no-obligation case evaluation to discuss your options and to learn how filing a lawsuit for Camp Lejeune water contamination can help you and your family. If you believe you have been affected by Camp Lejeune water toxicity, do not hesitate to contact the Orlando Accident Attorney at (407) 706-3909 for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.

Christina Liu, “Health Effects Caused by Exposure to PFAS Chemicals,” Hydroviv Science Team, Updated 6/28/22, accessed 7/9/2022 https://www.hydroviv.com/blogs/water-smarts/health-effects-of-pfas-current

 Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of health & Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, accessed 7/9/2022

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/index.html

Harvard News, “Exposure Linked with Worse COVID-19 Outcomes”, December 21, 2020, accessed 7/9/2022