Camp Lejeune Justice Bill Awaits President Biden’s Signature
A bill that would provide compensation for victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination is ready for President Joe Biden’s signature. The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 has officially passed the House and the Senate.
In early March 2022, the House of Representatives passed the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 by a vote of 256 to 174. Last week, the Senate voted 84 to 14.
The Honoring out PACT Act of 2022 addresses health care for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their service. It includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.
Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 allows certain individuals to sue the US government and potentially recover damages for harm resulting from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Individuals must have been at the North Carolina base between August 1 1953, and December 31, 1987.
Victims also must have been at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days during that time. Additionally, individuals must have suffered illness caused by exposure or linked to exposure to the water.
The bill prevents the US government from claiming immunity from litigation in response to water contamination lawsuits related to Camp Lejeune. Time will be limited to file a claim, so we encourage anyone who was at Camp Lejeune during that time to call us immediately.
Illnesses Linked To Water Contamination
If you or a loved one suffered from cancer, serious illnesses, miscarriage, or had a child suffer from birth defects, you may be eligible for compensation, health care, and/or disability payments.
The drinking water at Camp Lejeune was polluted with 4 carcinogenic chemicals that an expected 1 million people were exposed to. People living, serving, or working on base could have been exposed in houses, hospitals, offices, and recreational facilities on site.
In addition to multiple types of cancer, exposure to the chemicals has also been linked to several serious illnesses. The bill notes that exposure could have also occurred in utero.
Injuries and illnesses linked to exposure include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Birth Defects
- Cardiac Defects
- Esophageal Cancer
- Female Infertility
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Multiple myeloma
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Renal toxicity
For a full list of health effects and ongoing studies, visit the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s website or click here.
Water Contamination Lawyers
Rikard and Protopapas attorneys are now investigating potential claims against Camp Lejeune. Once President Biden signs the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, victims can start filing claims. We encourage anyone who fits the criteria to call us immediately.
Do not wait and possibly miss out on information you and your loved ones deserve. The Camp Lejeune victims and their families deserve compensation for their suffering, and our legal team is ready to fight for our clients.
Please contact us now to begin an investigation into your claim so that we can determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.