On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act) was signed into law by President Biden. This legislation will allow for the filing of civil lawsuits by those who were injured, suffered from a medical condition, or lost their lives due to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune.
The water supply at Camp Lejeune military base was contaminated with the following toxic chemicals from 1953 and 1987:
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl Chloride
Many sources were linked to the release of these chemicals, including fuel tanks that seeped contaminants into the ground. Other sources include improper disposal of industrial waste and a nearby dry cleaner that used PCE or PERC (tetrachloroethylene). The U.S. military knew about these problems for many years, but engaged in a cover up to hide incidents of illness, injury and fatality as a result of contaminated water.
The PACT Act provides Camp Lejeune victims and their family members, as well as family members of deceased victims to bring a lawsuit within two years from August 10, 2022. Qualifying individuals will need to file to file an injury claim with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. If your family member passed away due to toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune, you must speak to a lawyer right away to learn about your rights and legal options. Our wrongful death attorneys can file a lawsuit on your behalf and ensure that you are fairly compensated for the loss of your loved one. Please give us a call and schedule a free consultation at your earliest convenience.
Health Issues Caused by Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
From 1953 to 1987, over one million military members, civilians, contactors, and their family members were exposed to toxic drinking water at the Camp Lejeune military base. Many of these victims suffered from one or more of the following illnesses due to the water supply:
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Aplastic anemia (and related syndromes)
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
For years, the family members left behind were unsuccessful in seeking justice against the federal government. If you are one of these surviving family members, we can help you achieve the settlement you are entitled to for your loved one’s passing. To learn more about the lawsuit process for a Camp Lejeune wrongful death case, contact our office and schedule a free case review.
Can I Pursue a Case if my Family Member has Died?
Yes, you can pursue a case for compensation if your family member died from the effects of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. To be eligible for a wrongful death claim, you will need to show that the decedent was a resident of, or worked at Camp Lejeune military base for at least 30 days during 1953 to 1987. You will also need to prove that your family member was not dishonorably discharged, as these individuals are generally ineligible for a claim.
President Biden’s signing of the PACT Act is an important victory for victims and their loved ones, who have attempted for many years to recover damages from the U.S. military. Now, they can seek the compensation they deserve, regardless of when their family member passed away.
What Proof will I need to File a Camp Lejeune Wrongful Death Claim?
To ensure a successful outcome in these cases, you’ll need to prove that your family member lived at or worked at Camp Lejeune between the years of 1953 – 1987, which is the period of contamination. You will also need to show that your loved one died prematurely from one of the conditions listed in the above section titled “Health Issues Caused by Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune.”
You may be able to locate this evidence through various documents, such as:
- U.S. Military service records
- Veterans Administration documents
- Documents from health insurance providers
- Medical bills, reports, etc.
Depending on your loved one’s circumstances, there may be other forms of evidence we can uncover. The key is to get started on a claim right away so that we can investigate your case and find the necessary information. Please take a moment to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Compensation from a Camp Lejeune Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Through a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to recover a variety of monetary damages that are associated with your financial and emotional losses. These damages generally include:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills left behind by the decedent
- Loss of expected wages / savings
- Pain and suffering
- Value of lost benefits / gifts
- Loss of consortium
- Legal fees
The lawyers of DTLA can build a strong case for each of these damages and fight to recover the full value of your losses. To learn more about the compensation you can receive as the family member of a Camp Lejeune injury victim, contact our office as soon as you can.
What is the Average Settlement Value for these Cases?
It’s too early in the process to say what the average payment would be in a wrongful death lawsuit involving contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. However, we can take an educated guess based on previous wrongful death actions with similar circumstances. Based on those settlements, these lawsuits are likely to bring in settlements ranging from $250,000 to $1 million or more.
That may seem like a high estimate, but you have to consider the physical and emotional toll on the victims and their family members. The diseases that are associated with toxic water at Camp Lejeune have painful and debilitating consequences that eventually result in death. Right now, the general public is outraged over the military’s cover up of these incidents, so juries are likely to side with the plaintiff. Aside from the injury victims, there is great sympathy for family members that lost a loved that was stationed at Camp Lejeune. With all that in mind, we are confident that these are high value cases.
However, your own case value will be determined by factors such as your loved one’s age at the time of death, their earning potential, and the extent of their injuries. That’s why you must discuss your case with an experienced attorney, who can help you calculate a fair amount of funds to ask for.
Our Lawyers are Ready to Assist You
After all these years, injured veterans and their loved ones can finally seek restitution for the harm they’ve suffered at Camp Lejeune. We know that compensation is a sensitive subject if you’ve lost a family member, as money cannot replace the love and support you are missing out on. However, wrongful death compensation can help pay for the losses you are struggling with through no fault of your own. It also sends a powerful message that the sacrifices of our military members will not be ignored by negligent government officials.
Our lawyers look forward to representing you and fighting for the damages you are entitled to. We will do this at no cost to you under the terms of our Zero fee guarantee. With this agreement, the only way we get paid is by winning your case. If we don’t win, you won’t have to pay back a single penny of our legal fees.
If you’re ready to explore the legal actions that are available to you, contact our law firm and speak to a Camp Lejeune wrongful death lawsuit attorney.