If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune, you were living on-base or near Camp Lejeune, or you were working at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and you developed conditions or disabilities associated with the poisonous chemicals in the drinking water, you may soon be eligible for significant compensation
From 1953 through 1987, U.S. Marines, their family members and civilian base staff were exposed to highly toxic chemicals saturating the water at U.S. Marine Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. For years the government turned their back on those who were sickened. With the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, those that have sacrificed to serve the United States will finally be able to get the justice they deserve.
Update on the August 3rd Senate Vote – After failing to pass the Honoring Our PACT Act on July, 28th, a new attempt on August 3rd saw final passage of the bill in congress. The Honoring Our Pact ACT enables the Camp Lejeune Justice Act to become law. It it on it’s way to President Joe Biden’s desk, where he is expected to sign it this week.
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Who is Eligible to File a Lawsuit Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?
To be eligible to bring a lawsuit under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act there are two conditions that must be met –
- You must have been present on-base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987:
Anyone who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1st, 1952 and December 31st, 1987 and had contact with contaminated well water (including drinking, bathing or eating food cooked in it), or anyone who was otherwise exposed to the contaminated well water for 30 or more days, meets the first condition, including:
– Members of the military (Including U.S. Marines, Navy personnel, other military and DoD personal) residing at Camp Lejeune
– Family members living on base or exposed to water on base for 30 or more days. This includes babies born to mothers exposed to water at Camp Lejeune while they were still in the womb.
– Civilian base staff and anyone working or residing on-base for 30 or more days during that period
The 30 day requirement does not need to be 30 consecutive days – Just 30 or more days in total.
- You have been diagnosed with a disease, disability or condition caused by, or likely caused by, exposure to the contaminated water.
Examples of conditions that may have been caused by the toxic chemicals in the water:
- Aplastic anemia (a type of bone marrow failure)
- Birth Defects
- Bladder Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Fatty Liver Syndrome (also called NASH or Hepatic Steatosis)
- Female Infertility
- Heart defects
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney Damage (including Renal Toxicity and Nephrotoxicity)
- Leukemia (blood cell cancer)
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma (blood plasma cancer)
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
- Neurobehavioral Effects (including behavioral disorders)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a type of lymphatic cancer)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Scleroderma (a type of autoimmune disorder that causes hardening or tightening of the skin)
- Thyroid Cancer
Our attorneys can help evaluate your legal options.
Prior to passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act people sickened by water contamination have been generally unable to sue for compensation because of limits on what the U.S. government would pay and because the statute of repose in North Carolina had expired. The only thing military personal and their families could obtain was certain VA medical benefits, and civilian base personnel had no options at all. With the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 and President Biden’s upcoming signing of the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022, the barriers to compensation will be reduced and the statute of repose in North Carolina will be extended an additional two years into 2024.
These laws also allow sickened people to pursue their own individual claims based on what injuries they sustained from the contaminated water, rather than having to rely on a class action lawsuit filed by someone else.
Since The Camp Lejeune Justice Act Passed, Will I Still Need to Take Legal Action?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will only make it possible to pursue a legal claim. It will not provide any compensation or assistance without a claim being made. Despite the elimination of key barriers to making a legal claim, many of these lawsuits will be very complex cases to pursue. Experienced lawyers with access to experts, investigators, and the resources to take on state and federal government agencies can help get you the compensation and justice you deserve. You can contact our legal team today for a 100% free evaluation of your case.
What if My Sickened Family Member Has Already Passed Away?
If your family member was on base for 30 or more days between August 1st, 1952 and December 31st, 1987 and had a toxic water linked condition that may have caused or contributed to their death, you may be able to sue for monetary compensation for the loss of their life. While this may be small comfort, it can at least help replace lost income, replenish funds depleted providing care for them and bring some measure of justice for what they and you have gone through.
What if the Veterans Administration Has Already Denied My Claim?
If you are a veteran who was denied disability benefits related to your service at Camp Lejeune, you may still qualify for compensation. The Camp Lejeune Act is not controlled by the Veterans Administration Camp Lejeune rules and provides an additional separate opportunity to sue for compensation.
How Did the Water at Camp Lejeune Get Contaminated?
In 1982 the Marine Corps announced they had discovered certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water coming from two of the eight water treatment plants on the base. The types of chemicals involved and the amount of time people were exposed makes this one of the worst toxic water contamination events in U.S. history.
One of the treatment plants was drawing water that had been contaminated with PCE (perchloroethylene/tetrachloroethylene) which are components found in some dry cleaning fluids. Improper waste disposal at an ABC One-Hour Cleaners off-base was the source of the PCE. Data modeling determined that well water was likely above EPA maximum contamination levels for at least 346 months between November 1957 and February 1987. Marine officials have stated that the most contaminated wells were shut down in February 1985.
A second treatment plant was drawing water highly contaminated by TCE (trichloroethylene), which is used as a degreasing agent; as well as benzene (an industrial solvent), Vinyl Chloride (a plastics solvent that can be easily absorbed through the skin), and additional chemicals that come from PCE degrading over time. This treatment plant was being fed by water contaminated from multiple leaking underground storage tanks, industrial spills and waste disposal sites.