Read Over: Latest News In The Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits
On November 14, 2017, the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey announced that they would investigate the water contamination in the Camp Lejeune area. This announcement followed a suit filed by the families of soldiers who died as a result of exposure to contaminated water.
The lawsuit alleges that contaminated water is responsible for the deaths of a number of soldiers who were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the period from 1953 to 1987. The families of those who died are seeking damages from the defendants in the case.
The victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination are seeking compensation from the defendants for the losses and pain they have suffered. These families have endured immense pain and suffering in the wake of the deaths of their loved ones due to the contaminated water. Some of the families are seeking justice, and are being represented by Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, who are committed to fighting for their rights. The families are seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
The suit names as defendants the Department of Defense, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. It was the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that was first named in the suit.
According to the suit, DHHS knew about the contamination as early as 1987, but failed to alert the public or seek a solution to the problem. The suit also alleges that DHHS did not inform the public about the contamination until 1998. DHHS said that they did not know about the problem until 1998.
In 2001, DHHS began working with other state agencies to clean up contamination at Camp Lejeune. In 2002, DHHS asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate Camp Lejeune contamination. In 2003, the EPA began its investigation at Camp Lejeune. That investigation found that there was widespread contamination throughout the base. In 2004, DHHS asked the EPA to investigate groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune.
After the EPA investigation, DHHS issued an order prohibiting water from being drawn from wells at Camp Lejeune without a permit. This order was issued in 2004.
In 2006, a report by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office found that there were violations of state environmental laws at Camp Lejeune. The report was issued after an investigation into a complaint filed by an environmental group in 2005. It was this report that led to a lawsuit by Camp Lejeune families against DHHS and the Department of Defense.
On January 17, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued an order regarding an outside expert who will be hired by DHHS to review documents from its investigation at Camp Lejeune.
The order stated that an outside expert will be hired to review records from both DHHS and EPA investigations at Camp Lejeune to determine whether records have been “deliberately withheld” from outside parties. The order also said that documents will be redacted before being provided to outside experts. The order also states that documents will be provided in a format that can be easily searched and read.
The lawsuit alleges that contaminants were found at levels above federal drinking water standards in more than 20 percent of wells tested during the EPA investigation. Contaminants included:
- Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
- Trichloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
- Chlorinated solvents and chlorinated hydrocarbons
On January 15, 2018, Judge Terrence W. Boyle denied a motion to dismiss filed by the Department of Defense in federal court in North Carolina. The judge said that he found no reason to dismiss the case because plaintiffs’ allegations did not state a claim for relief under federal law.
The judge also said that he found no reason to dismiss because plaintiffs have alleged facts that could form an inference of causation between exposure to contaminated water and their injuries or illnesses. The judge did dismiss allegations that DHHS had failed to provide adequate warnings about the dangers of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The judge said that those allegations could be raised after discovery has been completed in the case.
On January 12, 2018, the attorneys for the families of Camp Lejeune victims filed a motion in federal court in North Carolina asking that any false claims made by the Department of Defense be prevented. The attorneys said that false claims made by the Department of Defense could result in further injury to the families of Camp Lejeune.
The contaminated water from Camp LeJeune has been linked to a wide range of dental issues, including an increased risk of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and enamel erosion. Studies have also linked contaminated water to an increased risk of jawbone and gum infections, as well as an increased risk of oral cancers. It is believed that the contaminants in the water, such as tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene, are to blame for these health issues.
The Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits are ongoing and are likely to continue for years to come. Families of Camp Lejeune victims are fighting for justice and compensation for the injuries they have sustained.