Between 1941 and 1985, the water supply at Camp Lejeune was contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from several sources.  Persons who were born, lived, or spent significant time on base at Camp Lejeune between 1941 and 1985, may have been exposed to these chemicals and may have a claim for any injuries resulting from such exposure.

Beginning in 1941, the United States Navy drilled wells to tap the ground water on and around the naval base at Camp Lejeune for water used on the base for drinking, bathing, washing and other domestic purposes.  These wells began supplying groundwater to base housing at Hadnot Point in 1941 and additional wells were drilled to service Tarawa Terrace in 1950 and 1952. After the initial wells were drilled in 1941, 1950, and 1952, additional wells were drilled in 1972 and in the 1980s to service more base housing and base hospital.  At various times between 1941 and 1985, these wells serviced Tarawa Terrace, Hadnot Point, Berkley Manor, Paradise Point, Midway Park, Hospital Point, and Watkins Village as well as the golf courses on base.

Several tests conducted by the Navy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency since the late 1950s have detected the presence of VOCs including, but not limited to, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, vinal chlorides, and benzene.  Many of these chemicals are known to cause birth defects and cancers in humans.  Typical health conditions associated with this type of contamination are:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Male Reproductive Issues
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Heart Malfunctions
  • Miscarriage or Stillbirth
  • Difficulty with Balance and Spatial Orientation

Any Person who was born at the naval hospital at Camp Lejeune, conceived at Camp Lejeune, or lived on Camp Lejeune between 1941 and 1985 was likely exposed to contaminated water.  If you or a member of your family was born, or lived at the United States Naval Base at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between 1941 and 1985, you may have a claim for personal injury.  Please contact us right away.