Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit In 2024: Latest Updates

Did you or a loved one serve or live at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River between 1953 and 1987? More than one (1) million people who worked or lived there were exposed to contaminated water, which had toxic chemicals and solvents. Many of the substances were linked to cancer and various serious health issues that people developed later on. A Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit would allow the victims and their family members to get financial compensation.

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Toxic chemicals that were found in the Camp Lejeune water supply

The evidence is strong that PCE can cause a wide range of maladies, including liver and kidney injuries and bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

It is an industrial chemical that is used in the manufacturing of refrigerants and other hydrofluorocarbons. It is a bad chemical that has long been known to be unfit for human consumption. For instance, with newborn children, congenital heart defects are popular among mothers who drank and bathed in the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

Criteria to get financial compensation through a Camp Lejeune lawsuit

  • Veterans, family members, or contractors who worked or lived at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1953 and December 31, 1987.

  • Veterans, family members, or contractors are diagnosed with certain types of cancer, neurological disorder, or other illnesses caused by contaminated drinking water.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination 2022 Updates

Before getting into the whole criteria of the Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit, let’s review the latest updates on the legislative efforts to get the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 enacted. 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is the first step to fair Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts for victims. The Act is aimed at removing all the barriers to eligible claimants, including the red tape, to help the veterans and their families pursue maximum compensation for their injuries. The Act also provides a streamlined approach to filing claims and disability benefits with the Veterans Administration (VA) related to toxic chemical exposure.

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to take a final vote this week on whether to pass the Honoring Our Pact Act (HOPA). The bill is fully expected to pass when the vote is taken. Additionally, President Biden intends to sign the bill into law immediately.

The Senate voted to pass the closure motion on the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. It will limit debate and fast-track the final approval process for the Act that is now part of the larger HOPA. It is a step in the right direction.

President Biden signed some hand wringing in many signature pieces of the “Honoring Our PACT Act”. It did not include the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 that would permit all the victims to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit for injuries which, even the government agreed, came from toxic water at the Marine Corps base. It was a very frustrating time for the victims.

While many victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination were waiting for the passage of a new federal law that will provide them the ability to sue, other former Lejeune residents were pursuing alternative Camp Lejeune water contamination claims.

Passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), the new federal law that gives Camp Lejeune water contamination victims the right to sue, has stalled in the Senate.

In early March 2022, the CLJA was passed (as part of a larger law) by a solid majority in the House of Representatives.

The law was presented in the Senate last month. It originally appeared to be on the fast track to passage, with vocal support from both sides of the passage.

Lawsuit injuries

Many of the water contamination cases stated having any of the following diseases:

  • Breast cancer.
  • Bladder cancer.
  • Cancer.
  • Cervical cancer.
  • Esophageal cancer.
  • Kidney cancer.
  • Leukemia.
  • Liver cancer.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Multiple myeloma.
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
  • Ovarian cancer.

Other diseases

Other conditions or adverse effects that were linked to the toxic substances found in Camp Lejeune water include:

  • Aplastic anemia.
  • Birth defects.
  • Female infertility.
  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease).
  • Miscarriage.
  • Neurobehavioral effects.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Renal toxicity.
  • Scleroderma.

The military ignored and concealed the water contamination at Camp Lejeune

Evidence had been disclosed, which showed that the U.S. Marine Corps was well aware of the Camp Lejeune water contamination for years but ignored it. Worse, they later actively concealed the issue.

Is there a lawsuit for Camp Lejeune water contamination?

As of June 3, 2022, the victims have not been allowed to pursue a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim over injuries suffered while working or living on the base. However, it can soon change once the new legislation is enacted. Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers believe that this delay is temporary, and the Senate will pass the bill this summer.

New law to allow Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

From 1953 to 1987, the public water supply at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps in North Carolina was drastically contaminated with toxic chemicals. This meant that for 30 years, more than one (1) million soldiers and their families drank and bathed in contaminated water.

Myriads of marines and their families have suffered from severe illnesses and have died. There is strong scientific evidence that chronic exposure to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water caused increased rates of cancer and various  other injuries to children in utero.

The new federal law, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, is close to being enacted. This Act would help victims in the following ways:

  • Allow the victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination to seek legal compensation. 
  • Allow people who lived or worked or were harmed as unborn children at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 to file a toxic water lawsuit or a Camp Lejeune water contamination class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eastern North Carolina.

Once the Act is enacted, it’s crucial to note the statute of limitations for filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. There will likely be a two-year deadline to sue from the date of the enactment.

Expected Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement 2024

The recent Roundup lawsuit are quite similar to the Camp Lejeune lawsuits since they both involve toxic chemical exposure that leads to certain types of cancer, such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Based on the settlement date, we could potentially expect the 2022’s Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amount to be between $167,523 and $575,000 on average.

Contact Ethen Ostroff Law Firm Today

If you or your loved ones were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 and have suffered adverse effects and illnesses, contact us at 610-510-8883. Our firm works with some of the best lawyers in the country who are looking into this situation. We will get you in touch with them to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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