Helping Veterans Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejuene
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer
For decades, the residents of Camp Lejuene drank, cooked with, and bathed in water that was contaminated with chemicals known to cause serious illnesses and diseases including several types of cancer. As many as one million people, including members of the military and their families, were exposed to water contamination between 1953 and 1987.
If you or a loved one resided for more than 30 days at Camp Lejune in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987, and you have developed cancer or another illness caused by exposure to toxic water, we may be able to help.
Camp Lejuene Toxic Water Lawsuits
Camp Lejuene is a Marine Corps base located on the coast of North Carolina. Established in 1941, Camp Lejuene bills itself as “The Home of Marine Expeditionary Forces in Readiness” and became the largest Marine base on the East Coast. From at least 1957 through 1987, members of the military and their families drank, cooked with, bathed, and swam in water that was contaminated with toxins 240 to 3,400 times those permitted by safety standards set forth by the government. This water contamination was the result of a variety of factors including improper handling, storage and disposal of toxic chemicals and solvents which, over time, leached into the water supply.
Many of the individuals exposed to these toxins went on to experience severe health issues including severe birth defects and various forms of cancer. It is estimated that as many as 1,000,000 people may have been exposed to toxic substances in the water over this 30 year period.
I don’t think that there is anything more noble than a person who has made the sacrifice to serve their country. The people who have chosen to serve deserve to be protected and when the government lets them down and these members of the military and their families are harmed the government needs to step up. And that’s what they’ve done here. Congress came together and passed a law that allows for these people to be compensated for these horrific injuries. They’ve essentially opened up the federal government for being sued. You never seen this happen. I’ve never seen it happen in all my years of practicing law.
– Attorney Charles Lampin
Transcription – Attorney Charles Lampin Talks the PACT act & Camp Lejeune Litigation
By now you’ve probably heard about the Camp Lejune litigation. Every other commercial on TV seems to be that of Camp Lejune this, Camp Lejune that; it seems like every law firm is jumping into this litigation.
But what is it all about?
Essentially the 2022 Pact Act gave veterans and injured parties, those parties that had resided to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for more than 30 days and avenue to sue the federal government. You have two years to do it.
If an injured party can prove that they resided for more than 30 days at Camp Lejune in North Carolina from 1953 to 1987, and you have an identifiable injury that is covered in the Pact Act, then you should be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries. In all my years of practicing law, I’ve never seen anything like this where the statute of limitations essentially was waived by the government. And they’ve essentially opened up the federal government for being sued. You never seen this happen.
And thankfully, with bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats, they came together to do the right thing. So these injured parties could have some sort of relief. But let me tell you, the injuries that we have seen are horrific. You know, nobody wants to get cancer. Nobody wants to have a child born with birth defects. Nobody wants to have Parkinson’s disease or be diagnosed with non Hodgkins lymphoma. We’ve heard all of these types of injuries, and at least now there’s an avenue for the people who served in the military to recover some sort of compensation. These are the finest of the finest people in the world; I don’t think there’s anything more noble than a person serving in the military. And these people, they should be above all as far as protecting their rights and protecting their health. Thank God that the federal government finally did something right and passed this tax act of 2022.
The Camp Lejuene Justice Act of 2022
On August 2, 2022 the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Camp Lejuene Justice Act with a bipartisan vote of 86-11. The act was part of the PACT Act which expanded VA health care for veterans who had been exposed to toxins from a variety of sources.
Prior to the enactment of this new law veterans were precluded from under North Carolina’s Statute of Repose. This Statute of Repose limited the amount of time in which victims could file suit for their injuries even if they did not know that they were potentially entitled to compensation. As a result, thousands of veterans and their families were unable to recover compensation for very serious illnesses and diseases that had been caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejuene.
The PACT act essentially overrides the Statute of Repose and allows the victims affected by the Camp Lejuene groundwater contamination a two year window in which they may file a claim for damages related to health issues they developed due to exposure.
Medical Issues Linked to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Other Cancers, Diseases & Injuries
Who Qualifies to File a Claim for Camp Lejuene Water Contamination
Anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejuene for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31 1987 may now be eligible to file a claim under the PACT act to recover compensation for their injuries regardless of when you were diagnosed with your illness. Similarly, if your loved one passed away you may be eligible to file a Camp Lejuene lawsuit on their behalf. If you are unsure whether you may qualify for compensation contact The Lampin Law Firm for a free no-obligation consultation.
Find Out If You Are Eligible To File a Camp Lejuene Lawsuit
If you or a loved one believe that you may have been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejuene between 1953 and 1987, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Contact The Lampin Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced injury attorney.
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