On August 2, 2022, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as part of the PACT Act. This would give those who sustained injuries, including those who developed medical conditions or died as a result of exposure to the contaminated water supply at the Marine Corps base grounds to file a lawsuit. A few days later, on August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill into law.
If you or a loved one suffered harm after being exposed to the toxic chemicals that tainted Camp Lejeune’s water supply, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. Do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible to learn more about the legal options available to you. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to handle your claim effectively and help you recover the payout that you are owed. If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.
A Summary of the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Between 1953 and 1987, the water at Camp Lejeune has highly contaminated. Over one million Marines, military service members, civilians, contractors, and their families lived on the military base during this time. As such, they were exposed to toxic drinking water, which was contaminated with multiple chemicals, including the following: Benzene; Vinyl Chloride; Trichloroethylene (TCE); Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC).
According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the most common harm resulting from the water contamination at Camp Lejeune includes the following:
- Aplastic anemia
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
Regardless of the specific harm that you or a loved one suffered after being exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible to learn more about whether you could file a lawsuit.
Can I File a Lawsuit?
If you were stationed at or lived at the camp between 1953 and 1987 – for at least 30 days – you could be eligible to file a lawsuit under the PACT law. As mentioned above, this applies to veterans, civilians that lived on the base, contractors, pregnant mothers that miscarried, families of deceased victims, and non-military staff, for instance. If you are unsure of whether you could have grounds to file a lawsuit, contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to understand your right to sue.
It is also important to note that those who were dishonorably discharges as well as the family of those dishonorably discharged will likely not be eligible to file a claim.
What Can I Recover for my Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
The parties injured due to exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune could have grounds to recover compensation for medical costs, disability benefits, lost income, pain and suffering, as well as compensation for the costs of mental health services and counseling, for example. Of course, you could also have grounds to recover compensation for your legal costs.
You might also have many questions about the possible value of your claim, including the average case value associated with these claims. The value of your claim will be strictly based on the details surrounding the claim, including the type of harm suffered, related medical costs, and lost income, for instance.
How long does it take to settle or get paid on these cases? The length of time that it takes to settle these cases will depend on the details surrounding the case. Although some cases can take just a few months to settle, others can take years. Here at our law firm, our lawyers will always do everything possible to secure your settlement as quickly as possible.
What is the Statute of Limitations to File for Harm Caused by Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune?
How long do I have to file a lawsuit? Typically, government claims are subject to a very strict six-month statute of limitations. However, the new law gives claimants a two-year window from the date that the bill was signed to law (August 10, 2022) to file their lawsuits with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. In other words, affected parties will have until August 10, 2024 to file their lawsuit and seek compensation for the harm resulting from the exposure to contaminated water at the base.
For more information about the statute of limitations that applies to your claim, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to help you file your claim on time.
How Do I File a Case if I was in Camp Lejeune and Exposed to Contaminated Water?
You will need to reach out to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Some important suggestions to consider include the following:
- Gather all relevant medical records
- Gather all relevant records of lost income
- Gather any other relevant documents (including original reports of the harm suffered, communication with the base, etc.)
- Seek legal assistance as soon as possible
The exposure to contaminated water happened many years ago, so it could be difficult to figure out how to proceed now that affected parties and their families can file lawsuits. For more information about what you should do, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers here at our law firm as soon as possible.
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Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Here at our law firm, we have decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims, including those that arise from exposure to dangerous chemicals. If you or a loved one suffered harm after being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. Our lawyers are more than ready to take on your case and help you recover the payout that you are owed. As mentioned above, we offer free consultations and free second opinions to ensure that you will have access to the legal help that you need to take on your claim.
Because of our Zero-Fee Guarantee, you will not be required to pay any upfront legal costs. In addition, because of our strict contingency structure, you will not have to pay anything until you win your claim. If you do not win, you will not pay any legal costs.
For more information about your right to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, contact us today.