Lawyer for Female Infertility Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
Were you at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base during the years of 1953 and 1987 and became infertile as a direct result of exposure to contaminated water? With the passing of the PACT Act on August 10, 2022, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a lawsuit against the federal government.
In this article, we will cover a variety of topics that you are likely to have questions about. For example:
- I was stationed at Camp Lejeune and I have female infertility. What are the steps I need to take?
- Where is the lawsuit filed?
- What is the average case value for a female infertility diagnosis Camp Lejeune lawsuit?
- How long does it take to settle these cases?
The lawyers of DTLA Law Group have many years of experience recovering settlements on behalf of injury victims and their family members. We can do the same for you, but you must take immediate action to ensure that you receive your payment in a timely manner. Contact our law firm and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
How Toxic Chemicals Poisoned the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune
For over 30 years, countless service members and their families, along with contractors and civilian employees, were exposed to high level of toxic chemicals through the water supply at Camp Lejeune military base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The contamination, which occurred between 1953 and 1987, was due to many sources, including leaking fuel tanks and reckless disposal of industrial waste. The chemicals that were leaked into the water supply are associated with female infertility and many other serious health conditions.
These hazards could have been addressed by the U.S. military, but officials did nothing about it and chose to ignore veterans and family members who became ill or lost their loved ones.
Military leadership is finally being brought to account with the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which is part of The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. 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. That means you do not have to be a former military member to seek compensation. As long as you were at the military base for the required of time during the contamination period and became infertile as a result, you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
What is Female Infertility?
Female infertility is a health condition in which a woman is unable to get pregnant for an extended period of time. For women 35 years old and under, they are diagnosed with infertility if they are unable to conceive after trying for more than one year. If you are older than 35, that time period is shortened to 6 months. The condition also applies to patients who do not have trouble getting pregnant, but have repeated miscarriages, meaning they are unable to sustain a pregnancy.
There are many biological factors that can contribute to infertility, but it can also happen from exposure to the following toxic chemicals, which were found in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987:
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl Chloride
Treatment options, such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and using eggs from a donor, do exist to help women who are suffering from this condition. However, these treatments may not be successful, and the realization of not being able to have a child can be devastating. The emotional impact is even greater for the victim when their infertility was caused by negligence and misconduct.
The Right to Sue Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act
To ensure that you are eligible for compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, you will need to prove that you lived or worked at the military base for at least 30 days from 1953 to 1987. Additionally, you must show evidence of being diagnosed with female infertility. Those who do not meet these requirements, as well as individuals that were dishonorably discharged, will not be eligible for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
To verify your right to sue under the terms of the PACT Act, contact our law firm and speak to one of our experts as soon as possible.
Damages from a Camp Lejeune Female Infertility Lawsuit
If you are eligible for a Camp Lejeune female infertility claim, you may be entitled to the following forms of compensation:
- Cost of medical treatments
- Counseling and other mental health expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Attorney’s fees
Our lawyers can discuss each of these damages with you, as well as the amount you can potentially recover from a successful lawsuit. Call us today and schedule a free consultation.
Should I join a Class Action Lawsuit or File my own Individual Lawsuit?
You certainly have the option to join a class action lawsuit with other victims who became infertile from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. On the other hand, you can also choose to file a lawsuit by yourself. There’s no right or wrong answer here – the only thing matters is what’s right for you. However, you should speak to an attorney and get their advice before deciding on the course of action you want to take. Our lawyers are here to advise you and ensure that you make the best choice for your needs. Regardless of which legal action you choose, all Camp Lejeune lawsuits must be filed with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
What are these Cases Worth on Average?
We know how important it is to get a sense of what you can recover from one of these lawsuits. Frankly, there are too many factors that are specific to each case for us to come up with an average value for a Camp Lejeune infertility diagnosis claim. But if we look at settlements from similar cases, we believe that a good number of these claims are worth anywhere from $250,000 to $750,000. Others may be worth $1 million or more, depending on the extent of the victim’s physical and emotional injuries.
How long will it take to Receive my Payment?
As with case values, there is significant variation in how long it takes to settle a personal injury claim. In general, we believe that the government will cooperate in making settlement offers as soon as possible. If all goes well, your case may be resolved in just 6 to 8 months. But if there are complications that make it difficult to settle your case directly with the federal agency, your lawsuit may take longer to resolve – perhaps two years or longer. No matter how long it takes, we are here for you every step of the way. Our main goal is to ensure that you and your loved ones are fairly compensated for the harm you’ve suffered.
Is there a Time Period to File a Lawsuit or Join a Class Action Lawsuit?
Yes, the statute of limitations for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is two years from the signing date of the PACT Act, which is August 10, 2022. Please give us a call right away to get started on your claim. If you miss the deadline of August 10, 2024 to file your lawsuit, it’s unlikely that you will be given an extension. That means you will permanently lose your chance to sue for damages, even if you have a strong case.
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The lawyers of DTLA are ready to represent you in a Camp Lejeune case for female infertility. You and other victims of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have waited long enough for justice, and we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Along with our skill and experience in mass tort, personal injury, and class action lawsuits, we offer a Zero fee guarantee for all our clients. When you choose DTLA, you will never pay a dime upfront for our services. The only way we get paid is by winning your case. In the event we don’t recover your payment, you won’t be responsible for any of our expenses.
For more information regarding your legal options, contact us today to speak with one of our lawyers.