In 2022, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed to provide justice for the victims of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
The bill provides medical care and benefits to those affected by the contamination and established a fund to pay for the cleanup of the camp.
The proposed legislation prohibits the United States government from claiming specified sovereign immunity from litigation in response to a contaminated water lawsuit at Camp Lejeune.
The bill was introduced in response to the water contamination, which affected over two million people who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.
The contamination was caused by industrial solvents and other chemicals in the toxic water at Camp Lejeune.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a bill that allows military families to seek compensation for their injuries and losses due to the water contamination.
The act was recently passed by the United States House of Representatives, the Senate, and now has been signed into law by President Biden.
This is significant because the federal government is typically immune from claims filed by military personnel in the context of service.
The Feres Doctrine was established due to the United States Supreme Court decision in the 1950 case, Feres v. the United States, 340 U.S. 135.
Recovery from tortious conduct is not contingent on the tortfeasor’s military status.
It also prohibits all claims against the federal government on behalf of military personnel based on service-related conditions and injuries.
Lastly, it was set to take effect in 2022, seeks to create an exception to the Feres doctrine.
The act allows lawsuits to be filed by any person who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987.
These are just some of the diseases and health complications that have been linked to exposure of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of these conditions, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation under the proposed Honoring Our PACT Act (which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act).
The U.S. government found dangerous compounds in the groundwater at Lejeune Camp, North Carolina, in 1982.
There is scientific and medical evidence that exposure to these contaminants can lead to the development of certain diseases.
According to authorities, water contamination at this base is one of the most significant in American history.
For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs states that over 900,000 service members may have been exposed to contaminated water.
The VA has announced that service members exposed to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, are presumed to have been exposed to the contaminants and are eligible for free health care.
Unfortunately, these advantages frequently fall short of compensating service members and their families for what they’ve been through.
Furthermore, water contamination victims were previously prohibited from pursuing claims against the federal government.
However, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 has potentially removed this long-standing restriction, allowing veterans harmed by contaminated water to file a claim against the government.
The PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, was signed into law on August 9th, 2022.
Those exposed to drinking water at Camp Lejeune will be able to file a claim for damages in the Eastern District of North Carolina against the United States government.
However, there are certain restrictions on who may bring a lawsuit.
For instance, only those exposed to Camp Lejeune drinking water for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, are eligible to file a claim.
Furthermore, you must show that your illness or injuries are linked to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water.
In most situations, this will necessitate a medical expert who can testify to the court or jury that your condition was caused, at least in part, by your exposure to the contaminated water.
Notably, the Camp Lejeune Act of 2022 allows a person’s representative to bring a legal case on behalf of their loved one.
This is particularly important for individuals who have loved ones who died due to the diseases they contracted due to their contamination.
However, there is no legal requirement that their direct exposure caused their death.
If the act of 2022 becomes law, there will likely be a lot of conflicts over who qualifies for benefits and how much they should get.
An experienced attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.
This is long-overdue piece of legislation that will finally provide justice to the victims of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
President Biden recently signed the bill into law and legal proceedings will soon follow.
You must contact an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and ensure your rights are protected.
The attorneys at Torhoerman Law have been representing military victims for years and are committed to fighting for justice for those affected by the Camp Lejeune water contamination tragedy.
Contact us today for a free consultation and to see if you qualify for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit!
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