Diagnosed With Cancer After Serving At Camp Lejeune? Here’s What You Should Know About Your Entitlement To Compensation Under New Laws
From the years 1953 through 1987 the United States government exposed hundreds of thousands of American veterans and their family members to toxic and contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Although veterans and their family members who lived at Camp Lejeune have now moved away from Camp Lejeune and have moved on with their lives, to this day, many unfortunately cannot escape the perils of the toxic water exposure that they were subjected to during the 1953 to 1987 timeframe. This is because exposure to the toxic contaminated water at Camp Lejeune –that was used for drinking water and for otherwise everyday use by veterans and their family members – causes serious and fatal cancers and diseases, including adult leukemia, breast cancer, bladder cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, among other terrible cancers and illnesses.
In 2022, President Biden signed the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins (PACT) Act and the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law. The new laws entitle veterans and their family members who served at Camp Lejeune to recover compensation for illnesses and cancers caused by exposure to the toxic contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Here are some of the criteria required in order to be eligible to recover compensation under the new Camp Lejeune compensation laws:
- Veterans (and covered family members) must have lived at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. This is the period during which the government acknowledges that veterans and their family members were exposed to toxic contaminated water at Camp Lejeune;
- Veterans and/or their covered family members must have lived on the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base for at least 30 consecutive days during the covered period (August 1, 2953 through December 31, 1987);
- Veterans and/or their covered family members must have a diagnosis that is covered. The diagnoses that are covered are defined under the act, and include certain cancers, adult leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other illnesses and cancers.
Help with a Camp Lejeune Claim for a Cancer Diagnosis
If you have been diagnosed with a cancer or other illness and you lived at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 consecutive days during the period August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987, and you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran, you may be entitled to money compensation under the new PACT Act legislation and Camp Lejeune Justice Act. If you are interested in seeking benefits under the PACT Act and Camp Lejeune Justice Act for money compensation for your Camp Lejeune injuries, the next step is to file a claim. If you are located in Houston, the skilled and experienced Camp Lejeune Houston mass tort lawyers at the Gilde Law Firm are here to help you with your Camp Lejeune compensation claim. Contact the Gilde Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation, and speak to a lawyer about your Camp Lejeune injuries and entitlement to compensation for free.