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Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, (MWA) is investigating the need to bring legal action against the United States Marine Corps over water contamination at North Carolina base Camp Lejeune which has now been linked to the development of many severe illnesses and birth defects in those who lived on base. MWA is proud to be home to Partner and Marine Corps Major Cory Weck. Major Weck sees the greatness that the military can represent. He believes the organization must be held to a higher standard to better serve its members who have put themselves on the line for this country.

Since 1942, Camp Lejeune served as a military training base for Marine Corps members. Its strategic location along miles of beaches and between the two major port cities of Wilmington and Morehead City made it an ideal place for Marines to practice amphibious drills. Thousands of Marines and their families lived and worked at Camp Lejeune over the course of its 80-year history.

Our Marines deserve better. If you’ve be impacted medically by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, contact MWA today to see if you’re eligible for recompense.

Decades of Improper Chemical Disposal Cause Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

Since at least 1953, base operations at Camp Lejeune allegedly improperly disposed of toxic chemical solvents. Rather than finding a safe place to dispose of the solvents, disposal teams allegedly buried the chemicals near the base water wells. In 1972, the base was warned to change their methods out of fear of water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Unfortunately, the damage was done.

From 1953 to 1987, Marines and families on base bathed in, cooked with, and consumed water contaminated with chemical solvents. In 1982, researchers water contamination in the water at Camp Lejeune as a result of these dangerously disposed of chemicals of years past. In the mid-1980s, an EPA investigation into potentially radioactive waste buried near water wells at the base ordered that all base water be shut off. However, the military began supplying water to the base once more in violation of this order.

If you were based at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 and have developed a major illness, had a child with a birth defect, or have miscarried, you may be entitled to justice. Contact MWA by completing the form to schedule a consultation.

Marines and Their Families Have Developed Major Health Concerns

For decades, as many as 500,000 people were exposed to the alleged water contamination at Camp Lejeune. After consuming and using water contaminated with chemical solvents for months or years, complaints from Marines and their families state they began experiencing severe illnesses and medical consequences, including:

  • Miscarriage
  • Birth Defects
  • Leukemia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer

If you are a victim of any of these conditions and were exposed to water contamination at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, contact MWA today by filling out the form.

Attorney Handling this Case

Portrait of Cory R. Weck, Partner of McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
Attorney
Cory R. Weck

Cory R. Weck is a Partner at McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, and leads the Personal Injury Practice Group. For 25 years, Mr. Weck has been a leading trial attorney for clients in both the Inland Empire and the Marine Corps. He has represented hundreds of clients in all matters arising out of personal injury litigation. Mr. Weck has been peer selected as one of the top 5% of attorneys, selected to the California Super Lawyers list every year since 2012.

He has also served as a Marine Corps officer for over 20 years. He was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in 1994 and then served as a defense counsel representing Marines accused of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Prior to leaving active duty he represented military commanders as a prosecutor for the busiest trial shop in the Department of Defense. As a result of his trial results and dedication to justice he was selected as the “Top Young Lawyer of the Year for the U.S. Marine Corps” by the American Bar Association in 1999. Since 2001, Mr. Weck continued to serve as an active Reserve officer for the Marines until his retirement in 2017.

He is rated as Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and is the past president of the Inland Empire chapter of the Consumer Attorneys of California.