The Camp Lejeune water contamination incident affected the lives of millions of Americans, whether they knew it or not. The CDC estimates that as many as one million Americans were exposed to contaminated water from the Camp Lejeune Marine Training base between 1953 and 1987. Of those one million exposures, 5,000 people have already filed claims to get compensation for the many diseases that ravaged their lives.
If you want to learn more about the symptoms of Camp Lejeune’s toxic water exposure, check this out. This page breaks down some of the many symptoms people might have experienced after ingesting the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
To find out what you can do if you were a victim of the toxic water exposure, read on below for more information.
What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was introduced on March 26, 2021, to the House of Representatives. The bill called for the victims of the Camp Lejeune toxic water incident to have a right to sue for damages. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to sue the federal government for damages. However, the Camp Lejeune Just Act made it possible for victims to reach out to legal counsel and prepare to tackle the federal government for compensation.
Fortunately, the people’s concerns were not heard in vain. As of August 8, 2022, President Biden included the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into his PACT act, which expanded the benefits for disability for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals while out in combat.
The PACT act also allows civilians to file for VA disability benefits due to the exposure of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. This was unheard of before, as benefits are only traditionally given to military members and veterans.
How Do I Qualify For Benefits?
To qualify to file for VA disability benefits, you must meet certain criteria including:
- Exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987
- Exposure to water lasted 30 days or longer
- Exposure to the water leads to diseases, such as certain cancers, tumors, infertility, and miscarriages
- Exposure continues to cause havoc in your life today, such as emotional damage or loss of income
- You do not have a dishonorable discharge
If you are a family member that once lived on the base, a healthcare worker, or other civilian contactors that used the water on Camp Lejeune, it’s time to consider filing for VA disability. The sooner you file, the better your chances of earning a higher percentage.
Consider Legal Representation For More Help
A lawyer can help improve your chances of getting a higher percentage disability rating, meaning more money, by offering to organize paperwork for you and scouring through every record. Your lawyer can also help by filing a civil lawsuit in court.
Keep in mind that any winnings or damages awarded from the lawsuit will be offset by VA disability ratings. If you’re unsure of how to file for VA disability, don’t hesitate to reach out to a lawyer today for the best legal advice.