The exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune has already claimed the lives of countless innocent people. Did a loved one lose his or her life after developing a dangerous medical condition due to the contaminated water? If so, it is possible that you have already heard about the PACT Act and are looking for more information about the legal options available to you. For more information about your options, contact us immediately.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to take on your lawsuit. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims and helping our clients recover the settlement that they are owed. We know the injustices that Camp Lejeune victims and their families have faced – and we are ready to help. If you would like to speak with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.
About the Situation at Camp Lejeune
For a period spanning over three decades, the water supply at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with multiple toxic chemicals, including PCE or PERC, TCE, benzene, and vinyl chloride. These toxic chemicals leaked into well water and ground water from different sources; these included leaking fuel tanks, industrial waste, and a nearby drycleaning business. The water was contaminated from 1953 to 1987. During this time, over one million Marines, other military service members, contractors, civilians, and their families were exposed to the toxic water at the base camp.
The exposure to the toxic water led to the development of many dangerous medical conditions. Some of these health conditions include the following:
- Aplastic anemia
- Cancer (including bladder cancer, breast cancer esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, lung cancer, etc.)
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
Most of these medical conditions listed above can be extremely dangerous; they can require aggressive treatment and are often fatal.
Unfortunately, military leadership at the camp was aware of the water contamination but failed to take any action. They knew of the danger that the contaminated water represented for all those living at or working at the camp, and they still chose to do nothing.
Without a doubt, many of the people affected by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune have already passed away because of their different medical conditions. Under a new law, however, victims and their families now have the right to file a lawsuit for the harm resulting from the exposure to contaminated water at the Marine Crop base camp.
Understanding the PACT Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act as part of the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act was signed into law on August 10, 2022. The PACT Act gives all those who suffered injuries, developed medica conditions, and/or passed away due to said medical conditions the right to file a lawsuit against the government. The PACT Act creates a two-year window for claimants to file their claims; therefore, claimants have only until August 2024 to file their lawsuits.
What does this mean for you? If your loved one died from a medical condition caused by exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, then you could have the right to sue under the PACT Act. More specifically, you could file a lawsuit against the government with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
It is important to note that those who were dishonorably discharged are ineligible to file lawsuits. Therefore, surviving family members of those dishonorably discharged will also be ineligible to sue.
About Camp Lejeune Survivor’s Benefits – Your Right to Recovery
Ever since the PACT Act became law, our law firm has been contacted with multiple questions from survivors. These questions have included the following:
- What are my survivor’s rights to recovery for a deceased husband/wife?
- What are my survivor’s rights to recovery for a deceased son/daughter?
- What are my survivor’s rights to recovery for a deceased sibling?
- What are my survivor’s rights to recovery for a deceased stepfather/stepmother?
So, do you have survivor’s rights? Yes, you could have rights. In general, survivors have the right to sue after the death of their husbands, wives, children, parents, and siblings. This is based on wrongful death laws. What about stepparents and stepchildren? Typically, stepfamily only has the right to sue for wrongful death when there was legal adoption. Again, this is based on wrongful death laws.
For more information about whether you have a right to survivor’s benefits under the PACT Act, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
Do I have the right to recovery? Yes, you could have the right to recover damages for the death of your loved one. If your Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim is ultimately successful, you could be entitled to recover compensation for some of the following:
- All medical expenses incurred prior to your loved one’s death
- The loss of income and/or loss of support
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your Camp Lejeune wrongful death lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact us immediately. Our lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available for your claim.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
You might have questions about federal wrongful death statutes and any deadlines that might apply to your claim. Under the PACT Act, all claimants have a two-year window form the date that the act was signed into law to file their lawsuits. Therefore, claimants have until August 2024 to file their lawsuits. If you do not file your lawsuit on time, then you run the risk of losing your right to sue entirely. To ensure that you file your claim on time, contact us today.
Contact Our Lawyers – Get Your Camp Lejeune Survivors Benefits
If a member of your family lost his or her life due to a medical condition caused by the exposure to toxic chemicals, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. If you are interested in speaking with a lawyer to get lawsuit information and learn more about the legal options available to you contact us immediately. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our experts are more than ready to handle your Camp Lejeune lawsuit and fight to get you the settlement that you are owed.
We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will be available to answer your questions and address your concerns. You can trust that our attorneys will provide you with all the information that you might need to begin or continue your claim. Yes – even if you have already started your claim elsewhere, our experts can help you; it doesn’t matter whether you are unsatisfied with the way your claim is going or whether the team handling your claim is incompetent. If you are ready to benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will never have to worry about paying upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency; this means that our clients will not be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not have to pay anything at all.
If you are ready to speak with our lawyers about your right to file for wrongful death and get survivor’s benefits after the death of your loved one associated with the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, contact us today.