For nearly 35 years, service members and their families who were living at Camp Lejeune were exposed to dangerous toxins in the water that they bathed in and drank. One water treatment plant used water that was drawn from a well located dangerously close to a chemical dump, while another treatment plant was contaminated by chemicals that traveled downhill from an off-base dry cleaner. These toxic chemicals caused scores of illnesses, including blood diseases, different types of cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.
If you want to know if you have a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, speak with the legal team at Malman Law today.
Ordinarily, victims who were sickened by toxic water would be legally entitled to financial compensation from the party responsible for the contamination. Here, there were two problems that were preventing Camp Lejeune victims from suing for compensation:
Recently, President Biden signed the PACT Act into law. This legislation was a comprehensive bill that provides for injured veterans who were sickened by exposure to toxic chemicals. The legislation included the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. This part of the law created a new cause of action that allowed injured service members and their families to file a claim against the federal government for injuries connected to Camp Lejeune water.
Anyone who stayed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953-1987 may file a lawsuit if they meet certain criteria. The law somewhat reduces the standard of causation that you would find in a normal personal injury lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation if you can that you harm:
Your first step is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you compile your claim. You would still need to meet your burden of proof to be eligible for financial compensation.
The steps to financial compensation are as follows:
You must act now to file your lawsuit. The new cause of action created by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act will expire two years after the bill was signed (August 2024).
The attorneys at Malman Law can help you file your claim and secure financial compensation when you are legally entitled to it. To schedule your free initial consultation, you can message us online or call us today at (888) 625-6265.
Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.
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