Marines, their loved ones, and others who have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after living or working at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, are filing lawsuits. The water at Camp Lejeune was polluted with toxic cancer-causing chemicals, exposure to which has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that 500,000 to 1 million people were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, when authorities closed the last of several contaminated wells.
Contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune included the volatile (unstable) organic compounds trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and benzene as well as vinyl chloride and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Scientific research has established a causal link between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to these toxic chemicals
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found that the levels of these four carcinogenic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune were well above the maximum contaminant levels allowed in the United States. The maximum levels for PCE, TCE, and vinyl chloride are 5 parts per billion (ppb), and the maximum is 2 ppb for benzene. The ATSDR reported that, “In the Hadnot Point system, the median monthly estimated average concentrations of TCE, PCE, vinyl chloride and benzene was 366 ppb, 15 ppb, 22 ppb and 5 ppb, respectively. In the Tarawa Terrace system, the median monthly estimated average concentrations of PCE, TCE and vinyl chloride were 85 ppb, 4 ppb and 6 ppb.”
Almost without exception, the levels of those carcinogenic chemicals found in Camp Lejeune water are far over the legal limit. In fact, they are generally multiples of the legal maximums—exceeding 70x the legal limit in the case of the PCE level in the Hadnot Point system. Compare the 5 ppb and 2 ppb legal limit to the average concentrations of 366 ppb, 15 ppb, 22 ppb, and 85 ppb.
NHL is not just one disease; it is a group of blood cancers that all begin in the lymphocytes, which are white blood cells in the body’s immune system. Your immune system helps your body fight infections and some diseases; it also helps fluids move through your body.
Lymphoma affects the body’s lymph, or lymphatic, system. It can start anywhere in the body where lymph nodes or lymph tissue are found and can also affect the skin. Lymph tissue can be found throughout the body, including in:
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows those affected by the toxic water and who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 consecutive days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, to file a lawsuit in federal court to be compensated for their pain and suffering and for expenses related to their diagnosis and medical treatment.
Even veterans who have had claims related to their service at Camp Lejeune denied by the Veterans Administration may qualify for compensation under this new law.
But there are strict time limits for filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. People diagnosed before June 2020 must file their lawsuit by August 2024 (two years from the passage of the Act). And there are other requirements, too. So, if you served or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, contact us for a free consultation