Camp Lejeune Justice Act Lawsuits
Were You Exposed to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune?
The U.S. Congress recently passed the PACT Act, and the included Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which was then signed into law by President Biden. This legal change will allow potentially tens of thousands of military veterans, contractors, and their families who spent time at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and were exposed to toxic water to file a lawsuit for compensation and justice. There is only a brief two-year lookback window to start a new Camp Lejeune lawsuit now that the act was signed, so you have to act quickly if you think you have a claim.
DiPasquale Moore is currently accepting calls from brave military service members who spent time at Camp Lejeune and now suffer from a serious illness or cancer because of it. It would be our honor to be the legal team that stands up for you in this trying time. Call (888) 743-1030 to see if you match the eligibility requirements to start a claim.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act eligibility requirements include:
- You served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
- You were exposed to the water there for at least 30 days (doesn’t have to be consecutive days).
- You were diagnosed with cancer or a chronic illness; or,
- You were born with a birth injury and your parents spent time on Camp Lejeune; or,
- You lost a loved one to cancer or terminal illness after they spent time on Camp Lejeune.
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Importance of Camp Lejeune Justice Act
Taking a lawsuit against the federal government is notoriously difficult. By default, the government has many legal protections from liability as well as extensive resources to extend itself. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is so important because it is specifically designed to help people who were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
Two results of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act are:
- The federal government is not allowed to use several defenses often used in toxic exposure litigation, making it easier to bring a claim against it in this specific instance.
- The two-year lookback window allows potential claimants to take legal action even if they would have normally been prohibited by the 6-month status of limitations for claims against the federal government.
Millions of people were likely exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. Tens of thousands have likely fallen seriously ill to it. Hundreds—if not more—might have already passed away from those illnesses and cancers. As a result, we can expect that thousands of lawsuits will soon be filed under the permission of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. To keep your case from being lost in the shuffle, prepare it with our experienced team.
Toxic Water Exposure at Camp Lejeune
Two water treatment plants at USMC Base Camp Lejeune were contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for decades. Onsite fuel leaks and unsafe waste disposal protocols, as well as offsite industrial waste on nearby properties, are believed to be the primary causes of the water contamination.
The VOCs in the water often exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maximum “safe” exposure levels by 400 times. It was so prevalent in the water sources that drinking, bathing in, and cleaning with the water is considered unsafe. Even inhaling the water as steam vapor could be dangerous.
The federal government knew about the water contamination for years after a third-party analysis uncovered it. However, it did not take immediate action to warn people at Camp Lejeune of the risks associated with VOC exposure.
Illnesses Caused by VOCs
People who are exposed to VOCs in high amounts or repeatedly in small amounts can suffer severe, chronic, and terminal illnesses and cancers. The link between Camp Lejeune’s toxic water and VOCs was strengthened as more people who spent time at the camp reported illnesses that are known to be caused by VOC exposure. According to a study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the rate of some cancers among Camp Lejeune residents was 300% greater than a control group that did not use the contaminated water there.
Cancers caused by the water at Camp Lejeune can include the following and others:
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Prostate cancer
Other severe illnesses linked to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water include:
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis
- Higher risk of birth injury
- Higher risk of miscarriage
People who can use the Camp Lejeune Justice Act to take legal action against the federal government must have been diagnosed with one or more diseases/cancers out of a specific list of illnesses. We can help review your case to see if your chronic health condition qualifies you to start a lawsuit.
Start a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Today
Please remember that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is giving you only two years to file a lawsuit for toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Starting a case sooner than later is crucial. Contact our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys from DiPasquale Moore to learn about your options now. We want to fight for the full compensation and justice that you deserve as one of our country’s strongest protectors.