Average Value of Camp Lejeune Miscarriage – Pregnancy Loss Lawsuit
Were you or a loved one exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and suffered a miscarriage or loss of pregnancy as a result? You may have grounds to sue the federal government for monetary compensation under the provisions of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. This legislation is a part of The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on August 10, 2022.
The PACT Act allows individuals who stayed or worked at Camp Lejeune military base to seek monetary compensation if they were harmed by or developed an illness from being exposed to toxins in the water. From 1953 to 1987, the water supply Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina was contaminated by several dangerous chemicals. Military officials could have taken steps to resolve the problem, but unfortunately, they did nothing as over one million people were exposed to these chemicals and suffered serious health complications, such as miscarriage and loss of pregnancy.
If you are someone who has experienced fetal loss from exposure to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, you most likely have many questions about the lawsuit process, including:
“What is the average value of a miscarriage – loss of pregnancy lawsuit?”
Below is some information that will help you get a sense of what you can receive from a Camp Lejeune miscarriage due to contaminated water lawsuit. However, this is general information that applies to pregnancy loss injury claims in general. For an approximate settlement value of your own case, contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
What is a Miscarriage?
A miscarriage refers to the loss of an embryo of fetus early on in the pregnancy, usually within the first trimester. But a miscarriage can technically occur at any point within the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. Another term that is used for the loss of a fetus is “loss of pregnancy,” which refers to the death of an unborn baby at any point during a pregnancy.
Pregnancy loss can be physically and emotionally devastating no matter when it happens. Immediate medical intervention can help prevent long-term complications, though patients can still end up with injuries such as infection or damage to the reproductive organs. Most patients also struggle with the emotional trauma of losing their baby, and need some form of mental health counseling to move forward with their lives.
Contaminants in the Water at Camp Lejeune
For over three decades, the groundwater at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base was contaminated by the following chemicals:
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl Chloride
Where did these chemicals come from? There were many sources, including a local business that leaked tetrachloroethylene, a dry cleaning solvent, into the well water. Reckless disposal of industrial waste contributed to the problem as well, along with leaking fuel tanks. As previously stated, the U.S. military was aware of these unsafe practices, but focused their efforts on hiding the problem and denying assistance to injured victims and their family members. Due to their negligence, many of the affected residents and workers suffered from pregnancy loss, which can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals such as PCE and PERC.
The PACT Act allows these victims to seek monetary damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, disability benefits, pain and suffering, and cost of mental health services. Our lawyers can explain each of these damages to you and help you calculate a fair amount of funds to ask for.
Eligibility Requirements for a Camp Lejeune Injury Claim
Lately, we’ve had many inquires at our law firm about the requirements that a claimant has to meet in order to qualify for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. To be eligible for an injury claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act:
- You must have been at Camp Lejeune during August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987 for at least 30 days.
- You were exposed to contaminated water during that time and had a miscarriage or loss of pregnancy as a result.
- You must not have been dishonorably discharged if you are a former military member.
You do not need to have served in the military to receive compensation, by the way. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows anyone who lived or worked at the base from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, for at least 30 days, exposed to the contaminated water and suffered injuries, to file a claim against the U.S. government. If you are uncertain of your right to participate in the Camp Lejeune water contamination claims process, give us a call and speak to an attorney at our law firm.
Average Value of a Camp Lejeune Miscarriage Lawsuit
Each case of pregnancy loss is unique to the victim’s level of harm and suffering. Thus, it’s impossible to quote an average value for a Camp Lejeune miscarriage injury claim. However, we can look at previous lawsuits involving fetal loss due to another party’s negligence or misconduct. Additionally, we will med to consider the losses that can be recovered on behalf of the expectant mother, which may include:
- Cost of medical treatments
- Lost wages
- Cost of mental health counseling / medications
- Pain and suffering
- Infertility, repeated miscarriages and other health complications
When the loss of a baby is involved, the emotional damages are especially relevant. It’s not unusual for the victim to develop serious mental health disorders, which require counseling and medication on a regular basis. Combined with all the other forms of compensation that can be recovered, settlements of $250,000 to $750,000 are possible in these cases. If there are severe injuries with long-term complications, a case may be worth $1 million or more.
At the end of the day, these are estimates that may or may not reflect the value of your Camp Lejeune water contamination claim. To learn what you can recover from a Camp Lejeune miscarriage – loss of pregnancy lawsuit, please consult one of our attorneys.
How long does it take to Settle these Cases?
Timely payment of your settlement is understandably an important issue, especially for Camp Lejeune victims, who were denied care and assistance for so many years. It’s our understanding that the federal government is eager to resolve these claims as fast as possible. But you have to keep in mind that they will be dealing with a huge number of claims at once, so it may take a few months before they respond to your claim. Overall, we estimate that the majority of payments will be recovered within 6 to 8 months. But there will be cases that are much more complex, and those may take 2 or more years to settle.
How long do I have to File a Camp Lejeune Loss of Pregnancy Lawsuit?
Eligible claimants have a two-year window from the signing date of the PACT Act to bring a claim against the U.S. government. That means you have until August 10, 2024 to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your physical and emotional injuries. Please note that it doesn’t matter if the fetal loss occurred many years ago. As long as you were at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days during the years of 1953 to 1987, you are allowed to file a lawsuit with the appropriate federal agency.
The important thing is to speak with an attorney and take immediate action on your claim. If you miss the 2-year statute of limitations for these cases, you may permanently forfeit your right to sue for damages.
Contact DTLA Law Group
The PACT Act will finally bring justice to countless veterans, workers, and civilians who were injured by or died from complications associated with contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. However, lawsuits against government agencies are undeniably difficult, and it’s essential to retain skilled legal representation in order to succeed in these cases.
The lawyers of DTLA have decades of experience fighting for injury victims, and we are more than ready to recover the settlement you’re entitled to. We also offer a Zero fee guarantee so you don’t have to worry about any legal fees when you choose our law firm. All our costs are deferred until you receive your payment. And if we don’t win you case, we eat the costs and you walk away with no responsibility for our expenses.
To learn about your legal options and recover the compensation you deserve, call us today and schedule a free case evaluation.