Our attorneys are currently accepting Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits involving claims of female infertility or miscarriage from women who lived on the Camp Lejeune base.
The page discusses Camp Lejeune’s infertility and miscarriage lawsuits. Our attorneys examine the science linking contaminated water to miscarriage and infertility and speculate on expected jury payouts and settlement amounts that the Camp Lejeune miscarriage and infertility cases could bring.
Getting a Camp Lejeune Lawyer for Miscarriage or Infertility
Contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to higher rates of female infertility and miscarriage. Women who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 and who experienced infertility or miscarriage during that time may be eligible to sue Camp Lejeune for compensation. If you have a complaint, call 800-553-8082 or connect with us online for a free consultation. There is no charge unless you get a jury award or settlement award.
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Toxic water at Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base North Carolina has been a home and place of work for millions of Marines and civilian contractors, since 1942. Camp Lejeune has always had a large amount of PMQs on base to accommodate officers and enlisted men with wives and families. . Lejeune also has his own hospital where thousands of babies have been born over the years.
Camp Lejeune had its own water system to supply drinking water to the base’s resident population. The system drew water from underground wells. In the 1980s, new environmental laws prompted the USMC to conduct Lejeune water quality testing for the first time. This led to the shocking discovery that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was essentially poisoned.
Chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune’s water contained incredibly high levels of chlorinated solvents perchlorethylene (PCE) and trichlorethylene (TCE). Both of these are toxic industrial chemicals that are known human carcinogens. Lejeune’s water was also contaminated with vinyl chloridean even more dangerous chemical formed from the breakdown of TCE and PCE.
It was eventually determined that these toxic chemicals contaminated the water at Camp Lejeune from August 1953 to December 1987. Levels of TCE and PCE in Lejeune’s water system were several hundred times higher than levels of safety limits established by health agencies.
Evidence linking toxic Camp Lejeune water to infertility and miscarriages
Laboratory tests on animals and public health studies on the population of Camp Lejeune residents and employees have both concluded that exposure to Lejeune’s toxic water causes female infertility and miscarriages.
Animal testing links TCE to infertility
Independent epidemiological studies have consistently shown that chronic exposure to TCE and PCE (the main toxic chemicals in Lejeune’s water) is harmful to the reproductive system and is associated with higher rates of infertility.
The result of a study on animal experimentation published in the American Journal of Life Sciences Research specifically examined the impact of TCE exposure on fertility in mice. Tests revealed that regular exposure to TCE impaired the mice’s reproductive system and significantly reduced their fertility.
Health data from Lejeune confirms higher rates of infertility and miscarriage
The results of these animal studies were confirmed by data collected by public health agencies to assess the consequences of water contamination at Camp Lejeune on residents and employees.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is a division of the Centers for Disease Control, has been involved in testing and research at Camp Lejeune since the early 1990s. In 2014, ATSDR released the results of a very large study that compared the health of residents of Camp Lejeune to the health records of residents of another USMC base with drinking water.
The ATSDR study concluded that women who lived on the Camp Lejeune base and who were exposed to contaminated water had abnormally high rates of infertility. The ATSDR also found that the rate of miscarriages and adverse pregnancy outcomes was significantly higher among the Camp Lejeune population.
Who is eligible to sue for infertility or miscarriage at Camp Lejeune?
Any woman who lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and was infertile while on base and/or had a miscarriage while on base would be eligible to file a claim. The infertility or miscarriage must have occurred during the time you were actually living at Camp Lejeune. The infertility or miscarriage that occurred years after you were on base cannot be scientifically linked to Lejeune’s contaminated water.
What proof will be required for infertility claims at Camp Lejeune?
To successfully file a complaint for infertility caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, potential plaintiffs will need to have some sort of evidence to support their claim of infertility. It will not be enough for the complainant and/or her spouse to say that they had difficulty getting pregnant.
The ideal form of evidence to support an infertility case at Camp Lejeune would be a medical record showing that the claimant has sought medical treatment or consulted with their physician regarding infertility issues. Evidence of medical treatment for infertility while the applicant was living at Camp Lejeune will significantly strengthen the claim.
What proof will be required for Camp Lejeune miscarriage claims?
To sue for miscarriage at Camp Lejeune, plaintiffs will likely need to present medical records confirming that they suffered a miscarriage during (or immediately after) their stay at Camp Lejeune.
How much will Camp Lejeune’s infertility or miscarriage cases be worth?
We estimate the Camp Lejeune lawsuits based on infertility or miscarriage will have an estimated settlement value of between $100,000 and $250,000.
The key to miscarriage cases will be whether the mother was on base at the time of the miscarriage. Infertility cases will likely have a lower settlement value than miscarriage cases if the claimant ends up giving birth to healthy children. Cases involving a miscarriage later in the pregnancy resulting in physical harm to the mother will have a higher value.
Contact us about a Camp Lejeune lawsuit for infertility or miscarriage
If you lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and had female infertility or miscarriage during that time, call us today at 800-553-8082 to see if you have a claim. You can also get a free, no-obligation case study online.