Compensation Now Available for Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Claims
Big Picture Look at the Bill for Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Claims
A new federal law, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, allows certain individuals to sue and recover damages for harm from exposure to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. This action is available only to veterans and other individuals who were exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days during that period.
The legislation prohibits the U.S. government from asserting specified immunity from litigation in response to such a lawsuit, and also prohibits an individual who brings such an action from bringing a separate tort action against the United States based on the same harm.
It was included in the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022, which in its entirety provides the largest expansion of benefits for service-connected health issues in over three decades and provides coverage for those affected by exposure to burn pits, other harmful toxins, and the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
Contamination of the Water at Camp Lejeune
Although there were many toxic chemicals found within the water supply at Camp Lejeune, the 4 main and most dangerous chemicals found within the water were trichlorethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride. Primarily, these chemicals are utilized for dry cleaning and manufacturing products, and can be found within the various plastics, pesticides, packing materials, and pipes used.
Resulting Medical Conditions & Possible Personal Injury Claims
Since these chemicals are toxic and not safe for human contact or consumption, they have the devastating potential to cause serious medical conditions such as neurological problems, cancer and other diseases. Pregnant women exposed to the toxic also have the potential to miscarry and give birth to babies with birth defects. Recently scientific and medical research has found a direct causal link between the exposure to the contaminated water and serious health inflictions, including but not limited to:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury after exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. It is important to consult with a lawyer early to investigate your options, and preserve crucial evidence. For assistance with these matters, please contact us to learn more.
About the author: Peter J. Gregory is a partner with the firm. He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience resolving disputes in state and federal trial courts. His personal injury practice focuses on advising clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents.
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