During the first month after federal legislation removed the roadblock to filing lawsuits in the Camp Lejeune contaminated water case, about 5,000 claims have already been filed against the North Carolina marine base. Because up to one million people may have had exposure to the contaminated water, many Florida residents are expected to file suit.
The PACT Act clears the way for claims
A new process contained within the PACT Act, a veterans’ healthcare and benefits bill signed into law in August 2022, featured a new method for former Marines and their families to file personal injury lawsuits from exposure to contaminated water on the Virginia military base. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) believe that as many as 500,000 lawsuits will eventually be filed, claiming that those who lived on the base suffered different types of cancer from exposure to toxic water.
HHS officials have acknowledged that exposure to the chemicals likely increased residents’ chances of developing cancer and other health problems. However, prior to the PACT Act, a 2016 court opinion prevented victims from filing claims, saying that the problems didn’t warrant lifting the government’s immunity. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act dissolves that immunity from this particular situation, allowing for claimants to file lawsuits once they have gone through an administrative process.
Begin work on your Camp Lejeune case now
Many former Marines or members of their families have suffered poor health and multiple bouts with cancer over the years. Now is the time to file a personal injury lawsuit against the U.S government to receive compensation for the injuries you have suffered due to the government’s negligence. You may even be able to file a lawsuit on behalf of someone who lived at Camp Lejeune and died due to cancers or other health problems that may have manifested from toxic water.
Even though years may have passed since your initial illness, you can still file a case. The compensation you receive from pain and suffering can help make your quality of life better and pay for ongoing living expenses.