Birth Defects in Infants Born at Camp Lejeune

Birth Defects in Infants Born at Camp Lejeune

The Devastating Impact of Camp Lejeune’s Water Contamination: Birth Defects in Infants

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms a chilling link between contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune and a heightened risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers. This revelation has shattered the lives of countless veterans and their families, exposing a tragic legacy of environmental negligence.

Between the 1950s and 1980s, Camp Lejeune’s water supply was unknowingly tainted with dangerous chemicals. The contamination stemmed from two primary sources: an on-base fuel depot plagued by leaks and a nearby off-base drycleaner. These sources leached volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the groundwater, unknowingly poisoning those who lived and worked on the base.

Tragically, the impact of this contamination was most profound on the most vulnerable: infants. Studies have shown that babies born to mothers who resided at Camp Lejeune during this period faced a fourfold increase in the risk of birth defects compared to mothers who were not exposed. These defects ranged from heart conditions and limb malformations to devastating neurological disorders.

The heartbreaking reality is that these families were exposed in their everyday lives. They unknowingly drank the contaminated water, bathed in it, cooked with it, washed their clothes in it, and even mixed their baby formula with it. The consequences of this prolonged exposure have been devastating.

The list of health issues linked to Camp Lejeune’s water contamination is extensive and heartbreaking. Infants born to mothers who lived on base during the contamination period have experienced:

  • Miscarriages
  • Stillbirths
  • Spina Bifida
  • Leukemia
  • Other Childhood Cancers
  • Neurological Disorders

Furthermore, veterans and their family members have reported a higher incidence of:

The stories from veterans and their families paint a grim picture of life at Camp Lejeune during those years. The most harrowing accounts, however, are those of families torn apart by miscarriages, stillbirths, and children born with severe health problems. These stories underscore the profound and lasting impact of Camp Lejeune’s water contamination.

While nothing can erase the pain and suffering endured by these families, there is a glimmer of hope. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, passed in 2022, provides a pathway for veterans, their families, and civilian workers stationed at the base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, to file lawsuits and seek compensation for the harm they suffered.

The deadline to file a claim is August 10, 2024. Don’t wait. Act now to secure the justice and support you deserve.

Berry Law

The attorneys at Berry Law are dedicated to helping injured Veterans. With extensive experience working with VA disability claims, Berry Law can help you with your disability appeals.

This material is for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and the reader, and does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and the contents of this blog are not a substitute for legal counsel.

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