What is the Value of my Camp Lejeune Claim?
Were you a resident or worker at Camp Lejeune military base during 1953 to 1987 and developed a serious health condition from being exposed to contaminants in the water supply? Did you have a family member that passed away from health complications associated with water contamination at Camp Lejeune? With the recent passing of the PACT Act, you may be entitled to monetary damages through a lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Our lawyers are here to answer any questions you have about the lawsuit process, including the approximate value of your Camp Lejeune injury or wrongful death claim. We can advise you of your rights and file a claim for the damages you deserve. To explore your legal options and get started on a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, please reach out to us at our law firm.
How the Water Supply was Contaminated at Camp Lejeune
From August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987, several dangerous chemicals found their way into the water supply at Camp Lejeune military base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. These chemicals include vinyl chloride, benzene, trichloroethylene, and tetrachloroethylene. Military officials knew where these chemicals were coming from and could have taken steps to keep everyone safe. Instead, they chose to hide the problem and repeatedly denied care and assistance to victims who were harmed or passed away from the following conditions, as identified by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs:
- Aplastic anemia (and related syndromes)
- 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
After several decades of negligence by the U.S. military, former residents and workers of Camp Lejeune, as well as their family members, can finally achieve justice under the terms of the PACT Act.
Your Eligibility to Sue Under the PACT Act
On August 2, 2022, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows victims and family members who suffered as a result of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to file a lawsuit against the U.S. government. The CLJA is part of The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on August 10, 2022.
In order to be eligible for a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit:
- You or your deceased family member must have been at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period (August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987) for at least 30 days.
- You were injured by, or your loved one passed away from one of the medical conditions identified by the VA as resulting from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
- You or the decedent you are suing on behalf of was not dishonorably discharged from the military.
As Camp Lejeune injury claims involve a federal entity, there are many rules and regulations that you will need to comply with. The lawyers of Normandie can guide you through these steps and ensure that you are properly compensated for your harm and suffering.
Average Value of a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim
At this point, it’s too early in the Camp Lejeune lawsuit process to say what an average payment would be for these cases. Additionally, there are too many factors that are individual to each person, like the extent of their injuries, their long-term health complications, and their level of emotional distress due to their illness. However, we know that mass torts involving gross negligence and toxic chemical exposure are generally high value cases.
Many of the health conditions associated with water contamination at Camp Lejeune, such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease, cause serious, long-term health complications that are expensive to treat. They may also take away your ability to work, take care of your family, or engage in activities you enjoyed prior to your illness. All these losses are factored into a settlement, which for these cases, may be in the range of $150,000 to $750,000. Of course, some payments will be lower, perhaps in the 5-figure range, but others may have values that exceed $1 million. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys and learn what you may be able to recover, give us a call at our office.
Damages You can Receive from a Lawsuit
Your settlement will consist of various damages that you are entitled to for the harm you’ve suffered. For example, if you are someone who developed a disease from being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses
- Disability benefits
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Legal fees
On the other hand, you may be claiming funds on behalf of someone that passed away from the effects of water contamination at Camp Lejeune. In that case, you may be eligible to receive:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills left behind by the decedent
- Loss of expected income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- VA survivor benefits
- Attorney’s fees
The amount for each of these damages will depend on many details that are unique to your own Camp Lejeune injury or wrongful death case. When you speak with one of our attorneys, they will verify the specific damages you are entitled to and help you determine a fair amount to ask for. Then, they will fight tirelessly to recover the maximum payout for you and your loved ones.
Length of Time to Settle a Camp Lejeune Injury Claim
We can’t guarantee how fast your case will settle, as there are factors that are beyond our control. However, we believe that a good number of cases will be settled within 6 to 8 months of initiating an injury claim. Public sentiment is clearly in favor of the veterans and their family members at this point, and we expect that the U.S. government is eager to pay out these cases as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there will be situations that cannot be resolved between the claimant and the federal agency in charge of these cases. In these types of situations, the recovery process may take two years or longer.
Statute of Limitations for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
There is a strict deadline for how long you have to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. Whether you are the injured victim or lost a family member to a qualifying illness, you have until August 10, 2024 (two years from the signing of the PACT Act) to file a claim for monetary damages. If you do not file your lawsuit in time, you may permanently lose your chance to sue for compensation, even if you have a strong case. To ensure that you meet the statute of limitations for a Camp Lejeune injury claim, please contact us right away.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Our lawyers are here to answer all your questions regarding the Camp Lejeune recovery process, including how much you could receive from a lawsuit against the federal government. With our many years of experience in complex injury claims, you can trust in our ability to recover a fair settlement. As a sign of appreciation for your trust, we will offer you a Zero fee guarantee. Under this policy, we never make a cent unless you do, meaning that the only way we get paid is by winning your case. In essence, you have nothing to lose by taking some time to speak with one of our attorneys.
If you’re interested in learning more about your rights and legal options, contact us today and schedule a free case review.