Relief For Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims On Its Way As President Signs Camp Lejeune Justice Act
While serving their country, many military personnel sadly suffered injuries (and sometimes death) as a result of their exposure to toxic water contamination. In fact, close to 1 million people (including contractors who worked on the base) may have been affected by the toxic chemicals found in the water at Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina and nearby at MCAS New River.
A new law now permits people who suffered injuries from the contaminated water supply the right to bring lawsuits and allows for substantial compensation for victims and their families. On June 16, the Senate passed the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 by a large margin. This legislation includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, along with other bills that discuss toxic exposure in the military. The Honoring our PACT Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 11.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act provides relief to veterans and their families who have been harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune and nearby MCAS New River. The water was discovered to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds as well as at least 70 other highly toxic substances. It is believed that the government knew about the contamination but took no action. Water used for drinking, bathing, and cooking in the housing, barracks, base hospitals, schools, administrative offices, and recreational areas could have been contaminated. Even today, many people are still suffering from the effects of this water contamination.
Who is Eligible?
Anyone who suffered from cancer, neurological disorders, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, miscarriage, birth defects, or other serious illnesses due to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune is potentially eligible for to receive significant compensation outside of the VA process and benefits. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act applies to anyone who lived, worked, or served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for at least a 30-day period anytime between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987 – this includes servicemembers, their families, and civilians who worked on the base. Even if servicemembers previously applied for – or received – VA benefits as a result of exposure to toxic water, they are still eligible under the Act to file a lawsuit and seek compensation.
While victims have been battling both the federal government and the Marine Corps for adequate compensation for many years, it is only now that veterans, their families, and others who lived and worked on Camp Lejeune can hope to receive the compensation they deserve.
Contact Us Today
The water contamination issue at Camp Lejeune has caused many people to suffer from cancers, neurological disorders, birth defects, and a variety of other life-changing medical conditions. It is truly great that after so many years, victims can finally obtain the justice – and compensation – they deserve.
If you or a loved one has been affected by any type of water contamination issue, act quickly. Contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer from Simmons Law Firm today. Our experienced legal team will help you get the compensation you deserve and ensure that your claim is filed within the applicable time requirements. Fill out the online form or call (803) 779-4600 to schedule a free consultation. Even if you were previously denied benefits from the VA, you may still be eligible to file a claim under this new law.