Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims Seek Compensation
On August 10, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins Act (referred to as “PACT”) into law. The legislation includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, regarding severe water contamination at Camp Lejeune, a military base in North Carolina where service members and their family members were exposed to toxic chemicals. Under the new legislation, veterans and their families who were exposed to toxic chemicals through the water at Camp Lejeune are able to file lawsuits for compensation. The legislation is considered a victory towards assisting and compensating veterans and their families who have been exposed to toxins during service.
Toxic Chemicals at Camp Lejeune and Illnesses Related to Water Contamination
There is no doubt that the water that servicemembers and their families used and were exposed to at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with highly toxic chemicals. The water at Camp Lejeune was rife with toxic chemicals including tetrachloroethylene, benzene, vinyl chloride, and trichloroethylene, all which cause serious illness to humans. As a result of persistent water contamination at Camp Lejeune and exposure to such toxic chemicals, servicemembers and their family members stationed at the military base developed life-threatening health problems and complications, such as cancer, birth defects, Parkinson’s disease, and other severe and deadly medical conditions and impairments.
Legal Remedies for Camp Lejeune Victims
Under PACT Act and Camp Lejeune Justice Act, veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and meet other criteria under the legislation may be entitled to compensation for the exposure, including compensation for damages related to exposure illnesses and medical conditions, medical costs, emotional damages for pain and suffering, and other compensation under the law. Veterans and their families who experienced the loss of a loved one due to water contamination exposure at Camp Lejeune may also bring lawsuits for wrongful death under the new laws.
Eligibility for Camp Lejeune Compensation Lawsuits
Under the PACT Act and Camp Lejeune Justice Act, veterans and their family members and non-servicemember workers, such as contractors, are able to file lawsuits for compensation. Importantly, among other criteria, the new laws specify the criteria that these individuals must have stayed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between the dates August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
Bringing a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit and Camp Lejeune Litigation Lawyers
The best way to find out if you or a loved one is eligible to bring a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is to speak with a Camp Lejeune litigation lawyer. A Camp Lejeune litigation lawyer will listen to your story and the facts of your case, and help determine whether you and your family members are eligible for compensation under the new laws, and if they can help you. A Camp Lejeune lawyer will help you fight for justice and compensation under the new laws. The experienced lawyers at Gilde Law Firm fight for veterans and their families who have been impacted by Camp Lejeune water contamination. Contact the experienced Houston personal injury lawyers at the Gilde Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.