Camp Lejeune Justice Act Lawsuits
For Toxic Water Exposure at Camp Lejeune
Congress passed the PACT Act and the included Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which will benefit countless military veterans and their families who spent time at Camp Lejeune and were exposed to toxic water. Under this act, affected parties can bring lawsuits against the federal government for compensation that helps pay for any losses caused by related illnesses or cancer. With the act signed by President Biden, a brief two-year lookback window has opened to allow these claims, so you need to move now if you want to file one, too.
Let Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson in Jackson help you understand your options under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. We proudly offer our legal services to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who were exposed to toxic water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and who have suffered serious illnesses because of it.
You could be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuit if you:
- Served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
- Were exposed to the water there for at least 30 days (not necessarily consecutive days).
- Were diagnosed with cancer or a chronic illness; or,
- Were born with a birth injury and your parents spent time on Camp Lejeune; or,
- Lost a loved one to terminal illness after they spent time on Camp Lejeune.
Learn more about Camp Lejeune lawsuits by contacting us online or dialing (601) 514-6544.
What Does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Do?
Usually, suing the federal government for injury-related compensation is highly complicated and difficult. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was designed to make that process less challenging for eligible claimants.
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act:
- The federal government can’t use specific defenses that are often used in toxic exposure lawsuits and mass torts.
- The two-year lookback window lets people pursue a claim that normally would’ve been blocked by the six-month statute of limitations against the federal government.
Between the years 1953 and 1987, potentially millions of people could have been exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. It is believed that tens of thousands of people could have eligible claims. Hundreds or thousands more might have already passed away from the illnesses caused by the toxic water, which could allow claims to be filed by their surviving family members. With so many potential claims to be filed soon, it is important to work with our team to make sure that your case is made correctly.
What Caused the Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune?
A study from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) discovered that two water treatment plants at Camp Lejeune were circulating contaminated water for decades. Specifically, the water was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are known to cause severe illnesses with repeated or large exposure.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a maximum safe level of VOC exposure before serious health concerns arise. Water sources at Camp Lejeune have been tested and it was found that some of them had VOC levels that exceeded those safe levels 400 times over. Anyone who drank, bathed in, or cleaned with the water at Camp Lejeune could be at a high risk of suffering chronic illness or cancer later.
It is believed that the federal government knew about the VOC contamination at Camp Lejeune for years before it notified anyone about the problem. This negligent response to the problem is the basis of the lawsuits that are forming thanks to the recent passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
VOC exposure is known by the scientific and medical communities to cause many severe illnesses and specific forms of cancer. The ATSDR study found that some people who stayed at Camp Lejeune were 300% more likely to be diagnosed with those types of diseases than a control group that did not spend time there. This disparity in cancer rates between the groups is strong evidence that the water at Camp Lejeune is the direct cause of those illnesses.
VOC exposure at Camp Lejeune has been linked to:
- Prostate cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
VOC exposure is also known to cause these diseases and health complications:
- Higher risk of birth injury
- Higher risk of miscarriage
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act opens lawsuits to people who were diagnosed with one or more illnesses out of a very specific list of illnesses, which includes the above and others. To learn if your illness or that of a loved one qualifies for a Camp Lejeune toxic exposure lawsuit, call (601) 514-6544 and talk to our team.
We Can Help You Start a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will let you start a toxic exposure claim for just two years. It is expected that the cases will be treated under a larger mass tort, but this still allows your case to be handled individually. Place the case in our hands, and we can work on building it in your name. It would be our honor to help and represent a military service member, their family, or a worker who spent time at Camp Lejeune.
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