Camp Lejeune Expected Settlement Amount
Last updated Wednesday, November 16th, 2022
The “Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022” was signed into law on August 11, 2022 by President Biden, after being passed through both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The new act recognizes that between August, 1953 and December, 1987, people living or working near the Marine Corps Base Camp known as Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to contaminated water containing dangerous toxic chemicals. All sources of water were affected by the contamination, including water used to drink, cook with, and even bathe in.
This groundbreaking new act allows victims and their family members the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit and seek compensation for injuries, losses, and deaths due to chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune from the U.S. Government. The passing of this new act is especially significant because the Federal Government has typically been immune in the past from claims filed by military members or their family for harm or wrongful death.
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What Diseases are Associated with Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
The dangerous chemical exposure for victims who lived or worked in the Camp Lejeune area have been known to cause significant health problems, serious diseases, and even death. The following eight diseases are currently recognized as potentially being caused due to exposure, but there are others that will likely follow suit:
Who is Eligible for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Under the law, the Camp Lejeune lawsuit is open to military personal and civilians that were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987. This includes exposure in utero to a developing fetus. It is also open to family members of exposed parties who have since passed.
Can I File a Camp Lejeune Claim Without a Lawyer?
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, eligible victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination are not required to be represented by a lawyer. Anyone can file a claim on their own or with the help of a lawyer.
In this particular instance, however, having a lawyer is strongly recommended to everyone due to the complex process involved in filing a claim against the U.S. Government. A skilled attorney knows what documents need to be filed and are able to file on your behalf. They can offer guidance in gathering important supporting documents that are necessary to file, such as military personnel records and medical records, and know what the process is to file the claim.
At our law firm, we offer a free consultation where we can discuss if joining the Camp Lejeune lawsuit would be the right fit for you and your family.
How Do I Join Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Contact us to get started if you feel that you or a loved one has been a victim of the Camp Lejeune contaminated water issue between 1953 and 1987. We can help you through the difficult filing process, keep fighting on your behalf, and make sure that you are compensated for the pain and suffering you’ve had yourself or watched in a loved one.
What are the Symptoms of the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?
Besides the diseases mentioned above, there are also several qualifying health conditions that would be considered applicable to this lawsuit.
Here are a few examples:
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects such as insomnia, poor concentration, dementia, anxiety, memory problems
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Renal toxicity
- Breast cancer
- And other health conditions
What Can I Expect for a Settlement Amount When Filing a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Camp Lejeune settlements can range anywhere up $1 million or more. Currently the Congressional Budget Office estimates that total claims will end up being around $6.7 billion. An estimated $25,000 to over a million dollar settlements are expected to be paid out, depending upon each individual situation.