Camp Lejeune Lawsuits
It has been known for some time that the water at Camp Lejeune was significantly contaminated from the 1950s through most of the 1980s. With the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, victims who have fallen ill due to contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune finally have the means to recover compensation.
Rosen Injury Lawyers can help you file a lawsuit to obtain a monetary award for your medical bills, pain and suffering, decreased earning capacity, and loss of consortium, just to name a few types of available damages. Our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys have a combined 75 years of experience, and our mass torts law firm has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients nationwide since we opened our doors.
We’re available 24/7 to take your call at (866) 892-0285 if you want to start forming an attorney-client relationship or want to learn more. Contact us now, we offer a completely free consultation to review the facts and circumstances of your case.
How Can Rosen Injury Lawyers Help With My Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Normally, the government is protected from lawsuits by sovereign immunity. One reason for this is that if the government loses, it’s the taxpayers who ultimately pay the price. But sometimes, the government deems it necessary to create an exception to this immunity – which it has done in the case of Camp Lejeune water contamination.
If you were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you now have the ability to file a lawsuit to collect the compensation you need and deserve. Rosen Injury Lawyers is well-equipped to help you do just that. Attorneys on our team have been recognized as Top 25 Mass Tort Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Top 40 Under 40 by premier legal professional organizations.
When you select us to help with your Camp Lejeune lawsuit, we’ll assist by:
- Fully investigating the extent of your injuries and damages, as well as any available evidence in support of your claim
- Hiring experts, if necessary, to analyze your case and testify on your behalf at trial
- Taking care of all the communications, paperwork, and negotiations with the government
- Apprise you of your legal options under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as your case proceeds
Contact our Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyers today to set up a free, no-pressure consultation with one of our experienced mass torts lawyers. We’re here to help you as best we can.
An Overview of the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Established in 1941, Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps training facility situated in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It spans just under 250 square miles in total and contains roughly 15 miles of beaches — attributes that allow the base to conduct various aquatic training activities.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has published detailed information regarding Camp Lejeune water contamination.
According to ATSDR, the Marine Corps initially discovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the water at Camp Lejeune in 1982. VOCs are gasses emitted from various processes, many of which are known to cause several debilitating diseases. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the water had been contaminated since the early 1950s. However, It wasn’t until 1985 that the most-contaminated wells were shut down.
The Government’s Response: The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021
As a result of these developments, Congress decided to draft the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, which President Biden signed into law on August 10, 2022. This act expressly allows certain people to file a lawsuit against the government if they have fallen ill due to the VOCs found in Camp Lejeune’s water.
Eligibility To File a Lawsuit Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act
There are three key areas of eligibility to discuss when it comes to filing a lawsuit under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
People who were exposed to the water and who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 cumulative days may bring a lawsuit under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. This includes Marine Corps members as well as their family members.
Types of Illnesses
In addition, the person must have contracted a serious health condition due to the contaminated water. Illnesses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Kidney cancer
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Brain cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Esophageal cancer
- Aplastic anemia
- Multiple myeloma
- Ovarian cancer
- Female Infertility
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Rectal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Liver cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney damage
- Bladder cancer
- Immune disorders
- Nerve damage
This list only mentions some possible diseases that are covered under the act. If you’re unsure whether your illness gives you the right to pursue compensation, feel free to contact our attorneys for further information. We can help you make that determination during your free case review.
Before filing a lawsuit under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, you must first file a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) with the Department of the Navy. If you file this claim and it is denied – or if six months pass without a decision – you may file a lawsuit.
And, importantly, military personnel can receive compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act even if they’ve already received some benefits from the Veteran’s Administration (VA).
Please do not hesitate to contact our law office if you have any questions about your eligibility to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, as we’d be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your legal options. We can take your call 24/7/365, and your initial consultation is free of charge.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover in a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
You’ll be able to recover economic as well as non-economic damages as part of your Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
As the name alludes to, economic damages represent the financial consequences of your illness. These damages include things such as:
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Decreased earning capacity
- Medical bills
Non-economic damages represent the consequences of your illness that are not as easily quantifiable. A few examples are:
- Emotional distress
- Decreased enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or scarring
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act specifically precludes a third type of damages, punitive damages, from being awarded in lawsuits under its purview.
How Much Is My Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Worth?
Camp Lejeune lawsuits vary in value depending on the associated facts and circumstances involved. During your free consultation with one of our Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys, we’ll be able to provide you with specific insight into the value of your case. Factors that tend to affect how much a case is worth include:
- Whether you have made or will make a full medical recovery
- The seriousness of your illness and the impact it has on your day-to-day life
- The availability of supporting evidence to your claim
- How old you were at the time of the water contamination, and how old you were when you became sick
The cases that involve the most debilitating diseases tend to be worth the most, but that is just one factor among many.
How Much Time Do I Have To File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
You will have six months after your FTCA claim is denied or two years from August 10, 2022 (the date the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed into law), whichever comes later, to file your lawsuit.
Because you have to file your FTCA claim before you are eligible to file a lawsuit, it is recommended that you file that claim at least six months before the two-year time limit is up. Since the agency has six months to reply to your claim, you’ll know whether you are eligible in time this way.
Regardless, the best way to know whether you still have time to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit is to reach out to an experienced lawyer who can look at your case’s facts.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Attorney
If you were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, it’s important that you understand your legal rights and options. It’s possible that you have a valid claim against the government; if your claim is successful, you could walk away with substantial compensation.
Rosen Injury Lawyers is a highly-regarded mass torts law firm that has been helping injury victims recover significant financial awards for years. In addition, our attorneys work on contingency, so you won’t lose a penny upfront to hire us. We will only collect attorneys’ fees if we obtain compensation for you, and we will receive payment as a percentage of that compensation.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at (866) 892-0285. We can help regardless of where in the country you are presently located.