Cancer linked to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune

A former Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court after both his children died of brain cancer, Veteran’s Today reported.

The lawsuit alleges the children died from consuming contaminated driving water at the camp in the 1980s. A number of veterans and their dependents continue to suffer from cancers linked to exposure to organic solvents like trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, and benzene in the base wells. The contaminated wells have since been closed.

Our North Carolina injury lawyers continue to report about the dangers of exposure to hazardous chemicals. Many chemicals used in the workplace or in the military have been linked to cancer and other long-term injuries, including asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma.

The Navy and Marine Corps deny that the base’s contaminated water has caused cancer or other serious illnesses. The lawsuit claims the military should have known the contaminated water was likely to cause serious health problems, including death.

The Navy is dealing with several thousand administrative claims (SF-95s) as a result of injury claims. Camp Lejeune is one of 130 military bases identified as being contaminated with various hazardous chemicals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you are dealing with a North Carolina work accident or an injury resulting form exposure to hazardous chemicals, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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