Cooney Law Office

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claims

Kathryn P. Cooney is a retired USMC Colonel who is actively involved with helping military personnel and their families who lived and worked on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune with claims stemming from exposure to contaminated drinking water.

The Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency, and Congress, in an independent study, concluded that there was evidence of potential health risks to children conceived and born on Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1985. Previous studies identified higher risks for specific childhood cancers such as leukemia, anencephaly, spina bifida, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as well as birth defects and deformities. An additional children’s health study is due to be completed early 2010. Whether evidence exists to support claims by adults for toxic ills, is still under study. As of yet, they have not addressed the issue of offspring of children of affected.

These claims are very complex and the status of the scientific studies and government response changes frequently. There are bills being introduced before Congress to asssist those effected. Additionally, the Government has filed a Motion to Dismiss in one case, as they maintain that such a claim is barred by the discretionary function exemption to the Federal Tort Claims Act.

We are currently processing claims that include cancer, birth defects and deformities such as missing limbs and terminal diseases involving loss of a child that was born and/or conceived at Camp Lejeune during the period of 1957 through 1985. Due to the volume of calls we are receiving, we are not able to accept all inquires.

There are a number of websites for the Agency for Toxic substance and Disease, the Center for Disease Control, and The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten that all contain volumnes of information, updates, and telephone numbers to call and register yourselves and/or your loved ones. You must also FILE a Standard Form-95 as directed by law to present and protect your claim. There are strict time limits that must be followed by filing your claim. Do not delay in obtaining counsel to assist or filing a claim yourself.

Our office joins in the efforts to assist those individuals whose lives or children’s lives have been adversely affected by the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.