Camp Lejeune's polluted drinking water has caused a slew of hazardous and deadly health issues. These chemicals, which leaked into the base's water supply and were consumed by its residents, can be the direct reason for countless life-altering medical problems and fatalities.
The Veterans Administration recently released a list of health conditions that they will presume to be caused by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
The water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to the following health problems, illnesses, and impairments due to its toxic chemicals:
Cancer associated with Camp Lejeune water contamination exposure include:
Non-cancerous diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water contamination exposure include:
Other Possible Conditions
In addition, investigators are continuing to evaluate whether the following conditions have a causal link to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune:
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is part of new legislation that enables veterans, family members, and employees to seek compensation if they were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act ensures that a North Carolina law blocking legal action against the government is overridden by federal law. The claims for water contamination victims will be filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is the most comprehensive piece of legislation regarding the pollution events at Camp Lejeune.
H.R. 3967, the Honoring Our PACT Act (H.R. 3967), is new legislation that "addresses health care, the presumption of service-connection, research, resources, and other matters related to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service." It was enacted into law on August 10, 2022.
On June 16, 2022, the White House released a statement from President Biden in support of the bill:
"I want to thank Chair Tester and Ranking Member Moran for their remarkable work to pass the PACT Act, and I urge the House to swiftly pass this bill so I can sign it into law right away."
The Biden administration has put its focus on Camp Lejeune before, when First Lady Jill Biden visited in September 2021 to talk with military families.
For years, Camp Lejeune victims have been demanding legislative justice. For decades, advocates and activists affected by water pollution at Camp Lejeune have pushed for government action and acknowledgment.
The Navy has repeatedly denied civil claims regarding the pollution, and the Veteran's Affairs Administration has done so as well. Multiple bills have been ineffective or outright rejected, including the Janey Ensminger Act to Honor America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families.
The Honoring Our PACT Act and the Camp Lejeune Justice Act will compensate victims for their injuries, losses, and damages, finally resolving the wrongs of prior decisions.
According to the language in the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as well as the Veterans Administration's press release on presumptive circumstances, anybody who resided at Camp Lejeune during those dates is eligible: veterans, family members of military personnel, non-military staff, civilian contractors, in-utero (unborn) victims, and families of deceased victims all may be eligible to submit claims.
If you think you might be eligible for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case, it's critical to gather any documents that could help your case. These are crucial papers that can assist you in building your case:
The amount of damages you may be able to recover in a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit will differ based on the specifics of your case. However, some examples of damages that may be available to you include:
Recovery of damages is dependent on one's legal representation and the evidence they can produce. To discover more about your potential claim and what compensation you may be eligible for, contact our firm.
Will This Affect My VA Benefits?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) will not impact your VA disability, widow or medical benefits. However, like any other injury lawsuit, the law does allow for any amount of VA disability or Medicare/Medicaid benefits related to the illness giving rise to the CLJA claim to be offset from any award or settlement; however, the government could agree to waive that offset when that time comes.
What If A Potential Claimant Died Many Years Ago?
The law allows evidence of contamination to extend beyond the time of death. Whether it's due to a military spouse, a family member, or someone else, you may be eligible for compensation if your loved one has died as a result of Camp Lejeune water. Their estate's personal representative can collect if their death was caused by contaminated water.
How Long Do We Have To File A Claim?
If you want to file a claim, you only have two years from the date this bill was signed into law (August 10, 2024). Any claims filed after that deadline could be subject to dismissal. So act now and don't wait!
Is This Only For Marines?
No, this isn't just for Marines. Anyone who was exposed to the polluted Camp Lejeune water between 1953 and 1987 (for at least 30 days) may bring a claim under this new legislation. This includes soldiers, their family members, civilian staff, and anybody else who was exposed.
Where Will The Cases Be Filed?
First, each claim must be submitted administratively to the Department of the Navy's JAG office. If the department fails to respond within six months or decides not to pay the claim, it can be filed in Federal Court.
Is This A Class Action Lawsuit?
No, we will file an individual claim for you or your loved-one. We understand that each client's case is unique and important, so we promise to handle it with the care and attention it deserves. Class Actions involve a group of plaintiffs who have similar injuries. Here, claims have not yet been consolidated into a Camp Lejeune class action or multidistrict litigation at this point.
How much will lawyers for Camp Lejeune water contamination cost?
There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you consult with one of Rue & Ziffra's Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers, as we operate on a contingency basis. This means that our team only gets paid if you do.