For over thirty years, the water at Camp Lejeune was highly contaminated with different toxic chemicals coming from different sources. Leadership was aware of the situation but failed to take any action; therefore, millions of innocent people living and working on the Marine Corps base were exposed to the contaminated water. Many of those exposed to the contaminated water supply were pregnant women – their unborn children also affected.
If your mother was exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune while pregnant with you, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit for any defects, medical conditions, or other ailments that have been associated with the toxic water at the camp. For more information about your legal options and your right to file a lawsuit, it is important that you reach out to the experts here at our firm immediately.
The Downtown L.A. Law Group is more than ready to help you with your claim. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of claims, including claims stemming from harm caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. You can trust that our lawyers are more than ready to take on your claim and help you recover the highest payout available for your claim. Contact us today if you are ready to speak to our lawyers.
About the Contamination that Occurred at Camp Lejeune
Between 1953 and 1987, the water at the Marine Corps base camp, Camp Lejeune, located in Jacksonville, North Carolina was highly contaminated. The water was contaminated with the following toxic chemicals:
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Vinyl chloride
Although military leadership was aware of the contaminated water, no action was taken. Therefore, millions of innocent people, including Marines, other military members, their families, contractors, non-military staff, civilians, etc., were exposed to the toxic chemicals. Those who were exposed to the contaminated water developed dangerous medical conditions. Of course, a lot of pregnant women were also affected by the contaminated water. The exposure resulted in a higher risk of miscarriage; however, those who did not miscarry ended up giving birth to infants with birth defects and other health conditions.
How the Contaminated Water Affected those Exposed In-Utero
Whenever a pregnant woman is exposed to contaminated water, her unborn child is also exposed and at risk of suffering significant harm. The different toxic chemicals listed above have been associated with significant complications and medical conditions in newborns.
Let’s consider the following information:
- Exposure to PCE or PERC has been associated with a greater risk of oral clefts, neural tube defects, and other defects
- Exposure to TCE has been associated with certain immune disorders and cardiac defects
- Exposure to vinyl chloride has been associated with a greater risk of birth defects, in general
- Exposure to benzene has been associated with a greater risk of defects like spina bifida as well as a greater risk of childhood leukemia
If your mother was exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and you were born with a defect or developed a health condition that has been correlated with exposure to toxic water, you should explore the legal options available to you. You could have the right to file a lawsuit under a new law.
The PACT Act Might Give You the Right to Sue
You might have some of the following questions: My mother was pregnant at the time of the Camp Lejeune water contamination. Do I have the right to sue if I have cancer now? Do I have the right to sue if I have a birth defect? Do I have the right to sue if I developed serious health conditions that have been associated with exposure to toxic chemicals before I was even born? If you were exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune in utero and were born with defects or suffered from medical conditions, you could have the right to sue under new legislation – specifically, the PACT Act.
The PACT Act is short for the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act. The PACT Act includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed the PACT Act into law, giving all parties affected by exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune the right to file a lawsuit against the government and recover compensation.
Under the PACT Act, claimants have a two-year window (from the date that the act was signed to law) to file their lawsuits with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
So, what does this mean for you, specifically? If you were born with a defect or suffered from a medical condition that was caused by the exposure to toxic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune, then you could have the right to file a lawsuit under the PACT Act. You could also have the right to recover compensation.
Do I Have the Right to Compensation?
Yes – under the PACT Act, you could have the right to recover compensation if your lawsuit is ultimately successful. The compensation that you could recover could include some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Mental health service expenses and counseling expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
When you allow the experts here at our law firm to handle your claim, you can trust that our lawyers will do whatever it takes to secure the highest settlement available for your claim. What could you be entitled to receive? In general, these types of cases can have average values ranging from $350,000 to about $700,000, although sometimes values can reach and even surpass the million-dollar mark. For more information about the compensation that you could be eligible to recover if your lawsuit is successful, contact us today.
The Statute of Limitations to File Your Claim
How long do you have to file your lawsuit? This is a very important question because all claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. Failing to file on time typically results in losing the right to sue. Under the PACT Act, claimants have a two-year window (from the date that the act became law) to file a lawsuit against the government. Therefore, claimants have until August 2024 to sue. For more information about the time that you have to file your claim, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
Important Steps to Consider – Preparing to File a Claim
You will need to prepare to file a lawsuit for the harm that you suffered due to your mother’s exposure to the toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. Consider some of the following recommendations:
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- Collect medical records surrounding your birth defect or condition
- Collect any documents that proved that your mother lived at worked at the base camp when she was pregnant with you (e.g., work contracts, military records, identification cards, etc.)
- Seek legal assistance immediately
Was your mother exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune when she was pregnant with you? Were you born with birth defects or other medical conditions? If so, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit under the PACT Act. If you would like to explore the legal options available to you, contact us immediately. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to better understand your rights and fight for the settlement that you are owed.
We offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. No matter whether you are looking to start or continue your lawsuit, you can trust that our lawyers will provide you with the guidance that you need to either begin or continue your Camp Lejeune lawsuit. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensure that our clients will not have to worry about paying upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency, so our clients will not have to pay anything until after winning their lawsuit.
If you are ready to discuss your right to sue with our experts, contact us today.