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What does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act mean for veterans and their families?

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2022 | Camp Lejeune

On August 10, 2022, US President Joe Biden signed the PACT Act, which provides millions of veterans and their families with the most significant increase in critical health care and disability benefits in more than three decades.

What Happened at Camp Lejeune?

More than 30 years have passed since the water at Camp Lejeune was tainted. More precisely, between 1953 and 1987, residents of Camp Lejeune were frequently exposed to the toxic tap water system on the base, which included drinking and bathing in the water. It was later discovered that these individuals were at risk for a number of chronic ailments.

How the New Act impacts the Situation

Approximately 40 years after the final instance of water pollution was detected, the new Camp Lejeune Act recognizes harmful consequences and allows veterans who suffered from connected illnesses to seek compensation. Years of chemical contamination in Camp Lejeune water left many veterans and their loved ones now suffering serious health problems. The new law enables those harmed by Camp LeJeune’s contaminated water to bring lawsuits and seek damages. The law covers civilian employees, service members, and their families who spent at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. The estimated number of people exposed to toxic water at Camp LeJeune exceeds one million, including Marine veterans, their families, and civilian base workers. They all may have been poisoned by contaminated water and experienced severe medical issues like cancer, miscarriages, or birth defects from drinking, bathing, and cooking with the water there.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 will Provide the Following Benefits:

  • Ensure that staff members of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who manage screenings, such as lab testing and specimen collection, are well-trained.
  • Expand screenings and treatment services for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals, such as those found in Camp LeJeune’s water.
  • Redefine and re-assess the method used to detect toxin exposure.

The Time for Justice has Come

Through the PACT Act, Camp Lejeune veterans and their families who have suffered from serious health issues such as cancer, neurobehavioral impairment, heart disease, female infertility, and birth defects may be able to seek compensation for their suffering that was previously denied to them. Prior to the bill, victims and their families were barred from suing for medical issues related to Camp Lejeune water contamination, citing the argument that too much time had passed since the incidents occurred. The official diagnosis list that qualifies you for compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act includes:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma (plasma cell cancer)
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (disorder that affects blood cell production)
  • Neurobehavioral effects (depression, anxiety)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity (toxic kidneys)
  • Scleroderma (inflamed, hard skin)

Our Experienced Lawyers will Process your Case

Our top attorneys are now handling claims for victims of injuries, chronical diseases, critical health conditions, and even deaths from the toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune between 1953-1987. If you, or your family member, or your loved ones were exposed to the water supply (via drinking water and/or bath water) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, in North Carolina and subsequently suffered adverse health conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. We offer a FREE case assessment, so you get your deserved compensation. To reach our team lawyers, contact Peter Angelos Law, today.