On August 2, 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed by the U.S. Senate, allowing those who were injured, developed an illness, or passed away due to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to file a lawsuit against the federal government. This law 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.
After more than 30 years, victim and their families can finally recover the damages they deserve, including medical expenses, disability benefits, lost wages, pain and suffering, and cost of mental health services. However, there are many aspects of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act which people are struggling to understand. For example, you may be wondering whether you can file a claim if you visited Camp Lejeune during the contamination period, but you were not a resident at the military base. You may also have other questions related to this topic, such as:
- How long did I need to be at Camp Lejeune to participate in the claims process?
- What are the steps I need to take if I want to file a lawsuit?
- How much is my Camp Lejeune case worth?
- What is the average time period to settle one of these cases?
While we can provide general information, your case is unique with its own set of circumstances. To ensure the most accurate answers and receive the funds you are entitled to, contact our law firm and speak with one of our attorneys.
Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune
From 1953 to 1987, several toxic chemicals found their way into water supply at Camp Lejeune military base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. These toxins include tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and benzene. Various sources, such as leaking fuel tanks, unsafe disposal of industrial waste, and the release of PCE and PERC chemicals by a dry cleaner are to blame for the contamination. Military officials knew about these issues, yet chose to do nothing as countless service members, contractors, and their loved ones suffered from the following health conditions:
- Aplastic anemia (and related syndromes)
- Bladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Breast cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Hepatic steatosis
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Renal toxicity
Were you at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and suffered from / are currently suffering from one of these illnesses? If so, contact us right away to learn about your rights and get started on a claim for monetary damages.
Can Visitors to Camp Lejeune Participate in the Water Contamination Lawsuit?
Even if you were not living at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for a water contamination lawsuit. 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. The only exception is if you were dishonorably discharged from the military, as these individuals and their family members will likely be ineligible for a claim.
If you meet these conditions, please speak with one of our attorneys right away. There is a limited timeframe in which you must file your lawsuit, so it’s essential to get started on a claim without delay.
How long do I have to file a Camp Lejeune Injury Claim?
The statute of limitations for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is two years from the signing date of the PACT Act (August 10, 2022) if you’ve been diagnosed with an illness due to contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune. The legislation also provides a two-year window from the date of diagnosis for those who have yet be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. To ensure that your lawsuit is prepared and filed in a timely manner, contact our office as soon as possible.
How do I File a Lawsuit if I was in Camp Lejeune?
The Camp Lejeune lawsuit process begins with a claim, which must be submitted to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) of the U.S. Navy. This federal agency has 6 months to approve or deny your claim. If your claim is rejected or you do not hear back from JAG officials by the 6-month deadline, you can file a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
As you can see, these cases are more complicated than your average personal injury case, which is challenging enough as is. Our lawyers are here to guide you through the entire process and ensure that you are compensated for your harm and suffering.
What is the Average Value for one of these Cases?
This is a difficult question to answer when we are just at the beginning stage in these cases. Furthermore, each Camp Lejeune victim has their own set of injuries, losses, and other factors that will affect the value of their claim. Based on similar lawsuits, we estimate that payments for patients with severe, long-term diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s will receive the highest settlements – probably in the range of $250,000 and upwards of $1 million. Cases with less severe health complications for a shorter duration of time may be worth around $25,000 to $50,000.
Keep in mind that these are estimates based on previous settlements, and that your own case value may be different than what we’ve stated here. To get an idea of what your Camp Lejeune case is worth, talk to one of our attorneys during a free consultation.
How long will it take to Settle my Camp Lejeune Case?
Over one million service members, contactors, and civilians were exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. Without a doubt, there will be a huge number of claims that the federal government will be dealing with in the upcoming months. That means it can take a while before your case is reviewed. On the other hand, the demand for justice by the general public should motivate federal agents to settle these cases as soon as possible.
While we can’t guarantee how fast we can recover your payment, our goal is to settle these cases within 6 to 8 months of submitting an injury claim. There are, of course, many issues that can make one case more complicated than another, and a settlement with JAG may not be possible. In that case, we will need to file a lawsuit on your behalf, which means it could take 2 years or more to recover your damages.
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DTLA Law Group is committed to representing Camp Lejeune victims and family members in their fight for justice. Finally, negligence by military officials will no longer be tolerated, and those who suffered in silence can seek the care and benefits they were denied for so many years.
Along with our knowledge and experience, we can promise you that our fees will never be your responsibility. Our attorneys operate under a Zero fee guarantee, which is a contingency agreement where all our fees are deferred until the end of your case. We don’t get paid unless you do, meaning the only way we recover our costs is by winning your case.
As you can see, there is nothing to lose by picking up that phone and scheduling a free case review with one of our lawyers. We look forward to meeting you and fighting for your rights as a victim of water contamination at Camp Lejeune.