Did you live at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987 and later became seriously ill? The base may have exposed you to toxic chemicals in the base’s water supply. New legislation was just passed in August 2022 to compensate victims.
MDSW Legal has Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit attorneys in Moncks Corner ready to help you get compensation for illnesses like cancer and birth defects caused by chemical contamination. Families of deceased victims may also be eligible. It’s estimated this case may affect over one million people.
Qualifications to Join the Lawsuit
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 outlines the qualifications to join the lawsuit. If you and your lawyer can prove these things, you will get compensation. It was passed as part of the PACT Act. The new law states that the government is strictly liable for what happened at Camp Lejeune. This means that you do not have to prove negligence in this matter.
You must prove:
- That you were living at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987. Age or military status does not matter. Even in-utero children are covered.
- You lived on the base for at least 30 days.
- You or a loved one became ill because of the chemicals in the water.
Several dozen chemicals have been found in unsafe amounts inside the water supply at Camp Lejeune. There are 15 illnesses in particular that are easily traced back to the contamination, though claims are not limited to these illnesses. This list was compiled by the Veterans Administration after years of processing claims.
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
Loved ones that were caring for a sick Camp Lejeune victim that died before this law passed can still get compensation. Our Moncks Corner Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit lawyers can help you file a claim on their behalf to pay for final expenses and medical bills and to compensate you for your loss.
What Is the Status of the Mass Tort?
As of this writing (October 2022), the case is still in its early stages. The law was passed in August 2022, and claims are getting gathered by lawyers across the country to prepare for the federal mass tort lawsuit.
In a mass tort, the court will choose several victims to serve as bellwether cases. The results of these cases will help the court create a system of compensation for victims based on the level of damage they’ve experienced.
All of this will take some time. As early as it is, your case could become one of these bellwether cases if you call now. Courts usually select the most severe cases for these to set a maximum cap on individual damages.
What Happens When It’s My Turn?
Mass torts are a way for courts to handle cases where thousands of people may have a claim against the same defendant yet have different levels of harm. Your Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyer will present evidence that you qualify for the lawsuit and the level of damages you and your family have received.
If the court agrees with the evidence, you will receive compensation. If you disagree with the amount of compensation, you have the right to a jury trial to fight for more. This is something to discuss with your Moncks Corner Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit lawyer, as it carries risks to your claim.
North Carolina Denied My Prior Claim. Can I File?
Yes, you can. North Carolina used a procedural rule called the statute of limitations to prevent claims for decades. These statutes put a deadline on when you can file a lawsuit. They are part of our rights of due process and a speedy trial, but many victims didn’t show signs of illness until years after they left.
The new law lifts this statute of limitations so that denied victims can seek justice. However, there is a new deadline of two years from the passage of the law to make your claim. This means you need to act right now to see if you qualify to join. If you wait too long, you will lose your opportunity.
Join the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
Contact MDSW Legal right now if you believe you qualify for the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. We are helping Moncks Corner residents like yourself join the lawsuit. The government is prepared to pay to compensate you for toxic water exposure.
Do not let this chance to pay for expensive medical care slip through your fingers. Contact us right away for a free consultation with a Moncks Corner Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit attorney.