On June 16, 2022 the United States Senate voted to pass the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, H.R. 2192 (“CLJA”). With bipartisan support, the CLJA will be included in the Honoring Our Pact Act of 2022, H.R. 3967, and will focus on providing military and civilian individuals exposed to contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base a civil avenue to seek damages from the United States.
The CLJA is a legislative response to stronger and stronger evidence that active service members, their families, civilian and lay base workers—and even in-utero fetuses—were exposed to water contaminated with trichloroethylene (“TCE”), tetrachloroethylene (“PCE”), vinyl chloride (“VC”), benzene and a host of other toxins during their time at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
After having been previously blocked by procedural hurdles specific to North Carolina law, those exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 finally have a federally-recognized judicial avenue to assert their claim and allege their entitlement to compensatory damages.
While the science supporting a link between the numerous toxins that the United States released into the Camp Lejeune water and the vast conditions resulting therefrom continues to develop, notably the United States Department of Veterans Affairs—through the Camp Lejeune Act of 2012—has already determined that there is a sufficient causal association between the Camp Lejeune contamination and the following conditions for purposes of disability compensation:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Female infertility
- Hepatic steatosis
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
If you or someone you love was exposed to water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base for more than 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and has unfortunately been diagnosed with one of the above conditions, we urge you to contact our firm, to obtain a free case evaluation and guidance on how to preserve your claim moving forward.
Please call 201-342-5545 or fill out our online form to begin our investigation.