In August, a new law paved the way for Camp Lejeune water contamination claims to move forward. Since then, the U.S. Navy reports that roughly 5,000 people with cancer or other health conditions, who lived or worked at the North Carolina Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and were exposed to contaminated water, have filed administrative claims.
Beasley Allen represents thousands of Camp Lejeune clients, and more are contacting us daily. As many as a million people may have been exposed to contaminated water at the base. Beasley Allen attorneys are actively reviewing evidence on behalf of these clients ahead of the two-year deadline that began when President Biden signed The Camp Lejeune Justice Act on Aug. 10, 2022.
While living or working at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, service members, their families, and civilian contractors were exposed to drinking water that contained toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride (VC). Exposure to these dangerous chemicals has been linked to several types of cancers, leukemia, Parkinson’s disease, renal toxicity, birth defects and miscarriages, neurobehavioral effects, and even death.
In 2016, Camp Lejeune claims were dismissed because a court opinion found the government’s sovereign immunity and North Carolina’s strict statutes of repose and statute of limitations prevented any Camp Lejeune claim from being litigated. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act provides an exception from these two issues and allows those who have suffered injuries or death to file claims. Those who file claims may be compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act opens the door for anyone who lived or worked at the base from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987, for at least 30 days cumulatively, to file a claim against the U.S. government. These claims must be filed within two years of Aug. 10, 2022, when the law was enacted.
The number of Camp Lejeune litigation is expected to grow exponentially and could become one of the largest litigations in U.S. history.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers
When we sent our service members into harm’s way, we promised to care for them and their loved ones — and pay for that care — upon their return. Yet, Congress has been slow to honor this pact. But the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act under the Honoring Our PACT Act has changed that. Those exposed to Camp Lejeune contaminated water who suffered injuries may be entitled to compensation beyond their Veteran’s Affairs benefits.
Beasley Allen’s dedicated team of Camp Lejeune lawyers has the experience and the resources to get you the compensation you deserve.
Let us put our resources to work for you. If you are an attorney, we can competently and conscientiously assist you in handling any group of cases, no matter how large.