Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
President Biden has signed the “Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022” (S.3373) into law called the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022. The Act allows military veterans to file civil lawsuits against the U.S. Government for harm caused by at least thirty days of exposure (including in utero exposure) to water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. It allows veterans and their families who have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the Lejeune drinking water to seek significant compensation for the harm they have suffered.
Investigators found that the Camp Lejeune water was contaminated for decades with highly toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, an increased risk of birth defects, and other health problems.
The personal injury lawyers of Larson Larimer Schneider are reviewing Colorado Camp Lejeune water contamination cases in preparation for possible lawsuits. We anticipate thousands of people will file claims because of the extent of the contamination over decades. We have extensive experience in this area of the law and a true passion for demanding justice for the men and women who have worn the uniform of our nation.
Toxic Chemicals and Diseases Related to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune
Toxic Chemicals and Diseases Related to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune. The U.S. Marine Corps discovered dangerous chemicals known as “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune in 1982.
• Tetrachloroethylene, aka Perchloroethylene (PCE): Used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing
• Trichloroethylene (TCE): Used to clean metal parts
• Vinyl Chloride (VC): TCE and PCE in groundwater degrade over time to become VC
• Benzene: Used to make other chemicals that are used to make plastics, resins, nylon, and other synthetic fibers
* Benzene, TCE, and VC are known to be cancer-causing chemicals. PCE is classified as probably carcinogenic.
Side Effects of Contaminated Water Exposure from Camp Lejeune
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has determined that there is sufficient evidence that exposure to the chemicals detected in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune could cause such health effects as.
• Bladder Cancer
• Breast Cancer
• Cervical Cancer
• Esophageal Cancer
• Kidney Cancer
• Liver Cancer
• Lung Cancer
• Ovarian Cancer
• Stomach Cancer
• Multiple Myeloma and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes
• Adult Leukemia
• Aplastic Anemia and other Bone Marrow Conditions
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Renal Toxicity
• Neurobehavioral Effects
Who Can Sue for Injuries Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act thats included under the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides that anyone who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune or was otherwise exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune within the time period cited may seek compensation for the harm that was caused by exposure to the water.
To be successful, evidence supporting a legal claim must show that a causal relationship between exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune and the harm the plaintiff claims exists.
A claim would require medical records, military service records, or other evidence of residency, such as driver’s license, tax records, financial statements, voter registration or court documents, as well as testimony.
You or a loved one of yours may have a claim for compensation if you lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987, and have been diagnosed with any of the health conditions listed above.
What Forms of Compensation Are Available for a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claim?
Compensation for claims under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is listed below. Typical compensation in similar claims includes:
• Reimbursement for past and current medical expenses
• An agreement to pay future medical expenses
• Reimbursement for lost income from being unable to work
• Restitution for the loss of a spouse’s companionship or a parent’s guidance in a wrongful death case.
The legislation covers individuals not already compensated; they must prove their case. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is adjudicated in the courts and paid out through a Department in the Treasury called the Treasury Judgement Fund.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Claim?
The deadline for filing a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is two years from the date it is enacted so 08/10/2022 until 08/10/2024. President Biden has signed the bill as part of the larger Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022, which addresses other service-related toxic exposures.
It will require time to gather the records necessary to support your Colorado Camp Lejeune water contamination case. You should contact our attorneys now to understand your rights if you have been harmed by your or your loved one’s exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune and should be compensated for your losses.
Contact a Colorado Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit Lawyer Today
The Denver personal injury attorneys of Larson Larimer Schneider are currently reviewing potential claims on behalf of former military service members and others in Colorado who have been harmed by toxic drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Call or reach us online to set up a free, no-obligation legal consultation about your eligibility for compensation. Our goal is to protect our clients’ rights and recover the full compensation they deserve for unjust harm done to them. Contact us today.
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