Thanks to recent changes in the law, many people are now eligible to bring lawsuits seeking financial compensation for the impact on their health due to contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune. It is believed that as many as 1 million individuals were exposed to the contaminated water and could seek compensation. The following article will provide you with Camp Lejeune lawsuit updates for 2023.
If water contamination negatively affected you or a loved one, one of our compassionate and dedicated lawyers in your area can explain the potential compensation you could receive from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. The lawyer who represents you will compile your medical records and work to establish a link between your time at Camp Lejeune and your current health. They will also clarify the specific compensation you could be entitled to and the steps involved in financial recovery.
What You Need to Know About the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, introduced in 2021, allows some individuals to pursue the government for contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune, located in Jacksonville, N.C. Individuals who qualify for compensation must:
- Have been exposed to toxic water for a minimum of 30 days
- Have been exposed between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987
This act opened the door and afforded eligible individuals an opportunity to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and wrongful death where applicable. Our Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyers will build your case and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Have Parties Settled Any Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuits?
Some injured parties have received various monetary amounts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for disability claims. To date, though, no financial settlements have been made in any Camp Lejeune civil lawsuits. Many potential litigants are preparing to file their cases.
Potential settlements will include compensation for various economic and non-economic damages. Recoverable damages include:
- Required medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Funeral and burial costs, if applicable
No two cases will have identical financial results. A lawyer from our team will clarify the specific damages you could be entitled to for the financial impact of exposure to contaminated water. Strict filing deadlines apply to Camp Lejeune cases, so the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better.
For a free legal consultation, call 516-932-0400
The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022
The PACT Act contains the Camp Lejeune Justice Act and expands the number of people eligible for compensation. It further expands the medical conditions that qualify injured parties for financial recovery. Accordingly, qualifying medical conditions include the following cancers:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Ovarian cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
The list of potentially harmful medical conditions has been expanded to include more than cancer diagnoses. It also allows individuals to seek compensation for the following non-cancerous medical conditions that resulted from exposure to contaminated water:
- Brain injuries
- Fatty liver disease
- Fetal death
- Hepatic steatosis
- Infertility issues
- Low birth weight
- Various birth defects
- Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
This list is not exhaustive. If you believe your current health or the health of a loved one was harmed and you were at Camp Lejeune within the critical window, you could be eligible for compensation under these updated guidelines.
The best way to explore your potential right to financial recovery is to consult with a Camp Lejeune attorney from our team of compassonate and effective legal professionals.
What Chemicals Have Been Identified in the Water at Camp Lejeune?
According to Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) (per the most recent government statistics available), the following chemicals have been found in the water at Camp Lejeune:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE): a cleaning solvent
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE): a cleaner and degreaser
- Vinyl chloride (VC): a degraded form of TCE and PCE
- Benzene: a chemical used to create plastic, resins, and nylon
A connection has been established between exposure to these chemicals and various serious and potentially fatal illnesses. If exposure to these toxins compromised your health or your family’s health, the recent changes in the law could enable you to pursue the government for financial compensation.
Recent and ongoing surveys indicate that the water at Camp Lejeune is safe to use today. The water supply has gone through multiple cleanup phases since 1992. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines also call for routine monitoring of the water supply.
Get Updates and Guidance on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cases
Did exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune harm your health or the health of someone you love? If so, we encourage you to call us to review your options for a potential monetary recovery.
Contact one of our team members at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., today to learn more about your rights to recover financial compensation and how we can assist you