The Hits Keep Coming for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
When you enlist in a branch of the military, it’s always in the back of your mind that you could possibly be injured or killed in combat or a similar situation, whether you’re overseas or at home here in the United States. But what if the very institution you signed up to serve and protect was linked to thousands of life-changing illnesses and cancer-causing diseases?
From August 1953 until December 1987, service members, outside contractors, and anyone else who worked, lived, or served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, were exposed to dangerous levels of toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through contaminated drinking water from nearby water treatment facilities due to their improper disposal procedures. These deadly, cancer-causing VOCs include:
- Perchloroethylene (PCE) – an industrial-strength solvent commonly used in dry cleaning services
- Trichloroethylene (TCE) – an organic chemical typically used as a degreasing cleaner for metal surfaces
- Vinyl chloride (VC) – a flammable gas primarily used in creating polyvinyl chloride
- Benzene – another industrial solvent usually used by chemical and pharmaceutical industries for cleaning
According to multiple lawsuits filed by personal injury and toxic tort attorneys, these dedicated men and women who would gladly give up their lives while simultaneously putting theirs on the line are now struggling just to survive. Hundreds of thousands of veterans, guardsmen, independent contractors, and relatives of individuals who worked or lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days have now been diagnosed with several varieties of cancer and other debilitating diseases, including:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Birth defects, female infertility, and miscarriages
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cardiac defects
- Esophageal cancer
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral disorders
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
- Renal failure
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one drank contaminated water while on the premises of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987 and have recently been diagnosed with any of the aforementioned diseases, you could be entitled to financial compensation for lost wages & missed work, medical bills, and emotional distress.
Here at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., we have been dedicated to the compassionate representation of toxic exposure victims for over forty-five years. For additional information, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.