Camp Pendleton Toxic Chemical Exposure Compensation Lawyers

[Page Updated 07/06/2022] Camp Pendleton, a military facility situated in San Diego County on the Southern Californian coast, is one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the United States.

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It was constructed in 1942 and is still operational today. This facility was created to train American Marines for combat duty in World War II.

The military base was recognized as a permanent facility by the end of 1944. Many Operating Force battalions are currently stationed at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. But water contamination is a problem. Sadly, this military base is polluted with a number of harmful substances, including PFAS.

Need a Lawyer? We Can Help!

You should get in touch with a Camp Pendleton toxic chemical exposure cancer lawyer if you were stationed at this base and later developed a condition that might be related to exposure to PFAS. Ehline Law can help you get restitution for your suffering.

Contact us today to book your free consultation!

Contaminants at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Camp

Unfortunately, the soil and groundwater of this military facility are highly polluted as a result of previous unlawful toxin disposal. We will discuss the main toxic chemicals that have been identified at this base in the section below.


The use of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), a fire retardant used by military firefighters and trainees to put out fires caused by jet fuel and petroleum, resulted in the release of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

PFAS is a group of toxic substances, one of the principal contaminants on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. 

Alarming Toxic Levels

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s soil and water contamination is more severe than you might think. The base has a PFAS content of 820 parts per trillion. This is 11 times more than the acceptable level permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Active Veterans Are Still at Risk

Because of high PFAS levels, military personnel stationed there are in great danger of developing serious illnesses because of toxic exposure to PFAS. The level of hazardous exposure is further worsened by the presence of many more contaminants at the base.

Health Conditions That May Result from Toxic Exposure to PFAS

Long-term health problems, such as cancers, are common with prolonged overexposure to PFAS.

Here are some of the most common health complications associated with PFAS exposure:
  • Kidney cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Liver cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Lung cancer

  • Leukemia

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Aplastic anemia

  • Prostate cancer

  • Cervical cancer

  • Birth defects

  • Myelodysplastic syndromes

  • Reproductive problems

  • Lymphoma

Other Toxic Chemicals Identified that Cause Adverse Health Effects

We’ll discuss the volatile organic compounds and other toxic substances that have been identified at this military base in the section below. Additionally, we’ll also cover the risks associated with exposure to these dangerous chemicals.

Toxic Substances Found at Marine Corps Camp Pendleton Base
  • Antimony – affects the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract

  • Aluminum – exposure to Aluminum isn’t harmful in small quantities. However, breathing in large amounts of this substance could lead to lung problems

  • Arsenic – causes cancer and skin lesions

  • Beryllium – a carcinogenic chemical that can cause a variety of health problems in the respiratory tract and burning and itching if it enters the eyes

  • Barium – causes breathing difficulty, stomach irritation, changes in nerve reflexes, and more

  • Cadmium – lung damage and even death

  • Boron – overexposure to boron can cause numerous health problems, such as stomach problems, kidney issues, and more

  • Chromium – irritates the lungs, throat, and nose

  • Vinyl chloride – causes drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death

  • Cobalt – may cause an asthma-like allergy

  • Iron – exposure could cause eye and skin irritation, as well as lung damage and metal-fume fever if inhaled

  • Copper – headaches, diarrhea, and kidney failure

  • Manganese – causes delayed motor movements

  • Lead – weakness, anemia, brain damage, kidney damage

  • Mercury – toxic exposure causes a number of issues, such as chest pain and weakness

  • Thallium – temporary hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, and death

  • Tetrachloroethene – exposure could result in respiratory system-related health complications

  • Vanadium – causes dizziness, tremors, headaches, shortness of breath, and more

  • Toluene – could cause a number of long-term and short-term health conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, confusion, and nerve damage

  • Zinc – this substance causes respiratory tract irritation, which can result in several complications, such as pneumothorax and bilateral diffuse infiltrations

What’s Being Done About this Toxic Exposure?

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which spans 125,000 acres, is presently a Superfund site. Unsurprisingly, the EPA has been working steadfastly on remediation efforts to reduce the risk of hazardous exposure in the facility. However, these efforts have been ongoing for more than 25 years.

Those in Active Duty Are Still at Risk

The well-being of those deployed at this military facility is still at stake since the cleanup of toxins is still ongoing. Exposure to so many harmful substances can quickly cause serious illnesses within a few years.

You Can Only Claim If You Can Prove That Your Illness Is the Result of Exposure to Toxic Substances

It’s important to understand that only if your medical diagnosis can be linked to exposure to PFAS can you make a hazardous exposure claim. Moreover, you had to have worked at this base before you developed a health condition.

Can You Seek Compensation for Toxic Exposure If You Were or Currently Are Stationed at This Military Base to Carry out Veterans Affairs?

Those who have been exposed to toxic chemicals and have experienced unfavorable side effects can seek restitution. Although there isn’t a law in place, like the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, that allows victims to obtain compensation for toxic exposure, those in active duty service at this base can file a lawsuit for compensation.

Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune

Camp Pendleton isn’t the only base affected by toxic contaminants. Other military bases, like Camp Lejeune, are also the subject of a number of lawsuits. Military personnel stationed at this base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may claim damages for being given contaminated water to drink.

Similarly, those clients of ours who were residents at the Camp Pendleton military base may also claim compensation for complications that occurred as a direct result of the toxic substances found at the facility.

Ensure That You Retain Your Medical Records

If you receive treatment for toxic exposure (Benzene, etc.), ensure that you store your medical records in a safe place because you will have to prove that your health problems were related to these toxic chemicals. You should be mindful that diseases resulting from exposure to PFAS can take several years or more to develop. You are responsible for your SRB and getting copies as a veteran! That is the only way we can evaluate and establish whether you qualify under the limitations of the law with the Department of Defense, etc.

Women Who Were Pregnant While Stationed at the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton Military Base May Claim Compensatory Damages

You have the right to file a toxic exposure lawsuit on behalf of your baby if you were pregnant while residing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and had a baby with a health problem. To find out more, get in touch with Ehline Law, and we’ll help you get justice for your child’s suffering.

Call Ehline Law Firm For Toxic Exposure Claims on Military Bases Today

Other lawyers don’t have our military background, and fewer are Marines. End of the discussion, we are the best lawyers! Are you discharged, retired, or on active duty at the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton Base? Have you begun to experience health complications due to exposure to heavily contaminated groundwater and soil after spending time there? It’s not just happening in North Carolina. Our superior personal injury attorneys in Southern California can help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and more.


If you develop presumptive conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis as a result of toxic exposure, you may qualify for disability compensation. We can help you file for disability benefits, so talk to an attorney for more information.

Hold the At-fault Party Liable

Suppose your health was impacted by environmental exposure while residing in a polluted military facility. In that case, you ought to file a claim for compensatory damages.

Not only will doing so get you a sizable amount of money that will help you to pay for better medical care, but it will also hold the party at fault accountable for their negligence.

Contact a Camp Pendleton Cancer Exposure Lawyer today to book your free case evaluation!

Michael Ehline

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Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.

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