A comprehensive bill was passed on August 10th, 2022 signed by President Joe Biden, called Honoring Our PACT Act or Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act. Based on this act, individuals exposed to the water contamination from August 1953 to December 1987 at the Camp Lejeune now have the chance to file a lawsuit in federal court.

This act also applied to the veterans who were denied by the VA previously. This law also includes the VA healthcare benefits and services offered to over 3.5 million veterans exposed to hazardous environments and toxic chemicals during their services.

If you or your loved one has been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, it is crucial to consult an experienced accident and injury lawyer to help you file the lawsuit. Moreover, it is also essential to understand the Camp Lejeune contaminate case to make informed decisions.

Camp Lejeune Injury Compensation Information

The Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Toxic chemicals were found in the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in 1982. These chemicals were known to have cancer causing potential.  The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) reported that toxic chemicals, including certain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) were present in two of the eight water plants that provided water to the camp.

These chemicals in the drinking water is known to have caused multiple health issues among individuals of all ages. Many reports have found disastrous health impacts in higher rates in Camp Lejeune and surrounding areas and the drinking water contamination is estimated to have impacted more than one million individuals.

Health Symptoms and Issues Linked To Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

According to a CDC study, the children in Camp Lejeune suffered higher childhood diseases and birth defects, like Neural tube defects, Lymphoma, and Leukemia. Another CDC report stated that those present at the base experienced higher risks for multiple cancers, including ovaries, multiple myeloma, cervix, esophagus, liver, and kidney.

The major health symptoms and health issues connected to the water contamination of Camp Lejeune include:

  • Adult Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Birth defects and birth injury
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Hepatic Steatosis
  • Infertility in Women (and other birth effects)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Neurobehavioral Effects (like ALS & Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Scleroderma
  • Stomach Cancer

There are more studies being conducting currently to determine the chronic conditions and various cancers linked to the camp contamination. There has also been a presumptive conditions list announced by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The veterans experiencing the conditions mentioned in this list are also eligible for the VA benefits.

What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?

This act is included in the Honoring Our PACT Act as a piece of legislation. It is a part of the new law offering former residents of Camp Lejeune a chance to file a lawsuit for the health issues and harm they experienced throughout the years due to the water contamination.

This act removes the previous immunity of the government against lawsuits filed by the military members who were hurt or injured while serving their country. The residents of Camp Lejeune couldn’t take any legal actions for decades despite of suffering through multiple major health concerns because of the toxic water. This act is a way to rectify that injustice and allow them a chance to take legal actions.

The new Camp Lejeune Act is being viewed as a massive step forward in providing the rightful benefits and compensation to the qualifying veterans, workers, family, and other individuals who were greatly impacted by the toxic water at the camp. It will allow them to recover disability compensation for their sufferings.

If you or your loved one were exposed to the contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987, you are allowed to file a lawsuit to recover the damages.

However, there is a 30-day threshold. According to the act, if anyone suffered from the toxic water exposure at the camp for 30 days can take legal action. The non-continuous stay at the camp for 30 days is also applicable. This means if any family member or friend visited the camp multiple times that totals to 30 days between the highlighted time periods, they can file for a claim.

This act also prevents the US government to assert any type of litigation immunity in response to these lawsuits. This bill even overrides the state law of North Caroline that previously made such lawsuits impossible to pursue.

How This Act Is Different Than Others for Individuals Who Resided at Camp Lejeune?

The congressed passed a bill in 2015 titled, Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. This act provided certain benefits for individuals who were exposed to the toxic water but only if they met specified standards. While this provided health care benefits to the members of their families, VA compensation wasn’t included.

The congress then added a statute in 2017, granting additional benefits and expanding on the health conditions linked with the camp water exposure.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act difference than the previous acts as it not only offers disability and health care benefits but also offers a legal route for seeking compensation for their medical issues that are water contamination related.

Can I Still File a Claim If My Loved One Is Dead?

According to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, any legal representative of a person who suffered health issues due to the exposure to the camp’s toxic water can file a lawsuit. The death of your loved one doesn’t have to be caused by the toxic water contamination or linked with it.

This means even if your loved one passed away due to a condition not related to toxic water, like an accident, heart attack, or other causes, you might still be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for the condition or illness your loved one suffered through due to exposure to the water in Camp Lejeune.

If you or your loved one had lived in the Camp Lejeune between the specified dates, resulting in health issues from the water contamination, you have the right to pursue legal actions and recover compensation. Having an experienced legal team by your side can make your case stronger and help you through the entire process. Get in touch for a free initial consultation with our expert Colorado personal injury lawyers.