Our lawyers are currently accepting Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits involving female infertility or miscarriage claims from women who lived on the Camp Lejeune Marine base in all 50 states. We are specifically focused on reproductive damage including sperm damage, miscarriages, infertility, and birth defects.
The page discusses infertility and miscarriage lawsuits from Camp Lejeune. Our lawyers look at the science linking contaminated water to miscarriage and infertility and speculate about the expected jury payouts and settlement amounts miscarriage and infertility cases from Camp Lejeune might bring.
Getting a Camp Lejeune Miscarriage or Infertility Lawyer
The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to higher rates of female infertility and pregnancy miscarriage. Women who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune from 1953-1987 and experienced infertility or a miscarriage during that time may be eligible to bring a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and get a compensation payout. If you have a claim, call 800-553-8082 or connect with us online for a free consultation. There is no cost unless you get a jury award or settlement compensation payout.
The Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune
The Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina has been a home and workplace to millions of Marines and civilian contractors, since 1942. Camp Lejeune has always had a large amount of on-base family housing to accommodate officers and enlisted men with wives and families. Lejeune also has its own hospital were thousands of babies have been delivered over the years.
Camp Lejeune had its own water system to supply drinking water to the resident population on the base. The system pulled water from underground wells. In the 1980s, new environmental laws prompted the USMC to perform quality testing of the water Lejeune for the first time. This led to the shocking discovery that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was essentially poisoned.
The Chemicals in the Camp Lejeune Water
The Camp Lejeune water contained incredibly high levels of the chlorinated solvents perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). Both of these are toxic industrial chemicals that are known human carcinogens. The Lejeune water was also contaminated with vinyl chloride, an even more hazardous 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. The levels of TCE and PCE in the Lejeune water system were several hundred times higher than the maximum safe levels established by health agencies.
Evidence Linking Toxic Camp Lejeune Water to Infertility and Miscarriage
Lab testing on animals and public health studies on the Camp Lejeune resident and employee population have both concluded that exposure to the toxic water at Lejeune caused female infertility and miscarriage. Reproductive injuries also include embryotoxicity, teratogenicity, spontaneous abortions, infertility, testicular atrophy, sperm abnormalities and testicular tumors.
Animal Testing Links TCE to Infertility
Independent epidemiological studies have consistently found that chronic exposure to TCE and PCE (the primary toxic chemicals in the water at Lejeune) is harmful to the reproductive system and is associated with higher rates of infertility.
The result of an animal testing study published in the American Journal of Life Science Researches looked specifically at the impact of TCE exposure on fertility in mice. The testing revealed that regular exposure to TCE altered the mice’s reproductive system and significantly decreased their fertility.
Lejeune Health Data Confirms Higher Rates of Infertility and Miscarriage
The findings of these animal studies have been confirmed by data collected by public health agencies to evaluate the consequences that the water contamination at Camp Lejeune had 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, the ATSDR published the results of very large study which compared the health of Camp Lejeune residents to the health records of residents from another USMC base with clean water.
The ATSDR study concluded that women who lived on the Camp Lejeune base and were exposed to the contaminated water experienced abnormally high rates of infertility. The ATSDR also found that the rate of miscarriage and adverse pregnancy outcomes was substantially higher among the Camp Lejeune population.
Who is Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Infertility or Miscarriage Lawsuit?
Any woman who lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and experienced infertility during their time living on the base and/or had a pregnancy miscarriage during their time living on the base would be eligible to file a claim. The infertility or miscarriage must have occurred during the time that you were actually living at Camp Lejeune. Infertility or miscarriage that occurred years after your time living on the base cannot be scientifically linked to the contaminated water at Lejeune.
What Proof Will Be Required for Camp Lejeune Infertility Claims?
To bring a successful claim for infertility caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, prospective plaintiffs will need to have some sort of proof to support their claim that experienced infertility. It won’t be enough to for the plaintiff and/or their spouse to say that they had trouble getting pregnant.
The ideal form of prove to support a Camp Lejeune infertility case would be medical records showing that the plaintiff sought medical treatment or consulted their doctor about infertility problems. Evidence of medical treatment for infertility during the plaintiff’s time living at Camp Lejeune will significantly strengthen the claim.
What Proof Will Be Required for Camp Lejeune Miscarriage Claims?
To bring a successful Camp Lejeune miscarriage lawsuit, plaintiffs will probably need to present medical records confirming that they suffered a miscarriage of pregnancy during (or immediately after) their time of residence at Camp Lejeune.
How Much Will Camp Lejeune Infertility or Miscarriage Cases Be Worth?
We estimate that Camp Lejeune lawsuits based on infertility or miscarriage of pregnancy will have an estimated settlement value of between $100,000 and $250,000.
The key to the miscarriage cases will be if 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 plaintiff eventually went on to give birth to healthy children. Cases involving a miscarriage later in pregnancy and resulting in physical harm to the mother will have a higher value.
Contact Us About a Camp Lejeune Infertility or Miscarriage Lawsuit
If you lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and you experienced female infertility or a miscarriage of pregnancy during that time, call us today at 800-553-8082 to see if you have a compensation claim. You can also get a free, no-obligation case review online.