Camp Lejeune lawsuits have only been a legal option since August 2022, so there have not been any Camp Lejeune lawsuit settlements. Some Camp Lejeune victims may have recovered compensation for their medical expenses by filing a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, those who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and later developed health conditions may be eligible for compensation. To qualify, individuals must have been on the base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 days. They must also have a qualifying health condition linked to contaminated water exposure.
What Damages Could You Recover in a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Settlement?
It is estimated that as many as one million military and civilian staff and their families could have been exposed to the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune, per the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
You may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for the losses you suffered because of a Camp Lejeune-related illness. The types of damages you could recover include:
- Cost of past medical expenses
- Projected cost of future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Cost of funeral and burial expenses, if your loved one passed away from an illness linked to Camp Lejeune
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Settlement amounts will likely vary depending on the severity of your condition. When you hire a Camp Lejeune attorney from our firm, they can determine which damages you can recover compensation for.
Have Some Victims Recovered Compensation for Camp Lejeune Damages?
Some Camp Lejeune victims may have recovered compensation for their medical bills. This is because VA allows certain qualifying claimants to file for disability benefits. These benefits can compensate you for health care and the out-of-pocket expenses you had to pay to treat your condition. You could qualify for VA benefits if:
- You were not dishonorably discharged from the military
- You served at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987
You must have also been diagnosed with a qualifying health condition. Family members of veterans may also be able to recover their healthcare costs.
What Is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?
President Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 into law on August 10, 2022, which allows those harmed by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune to take legal action for the recovery of damages. The Act was a part of the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022.
Since the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 in August 2022, many compensation claims have been filed by individuals for Camp Lejeune service-connected illnesses.
Who Qualifies to File a Camp Lejeune Case?
Those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may qualify for compensation. To be eligible for VA benefits, these individuals must have medical documentation proving that they have one of the following health conditions:
- Adult leukemia
- Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
The abovementioned conditions have been proven to result from exposure to chemical contaminants in the water of Camp Lejeune. However, VA may also compensate for the treatment of other illnesses whose connection to service has yet to be proven. These conditions include the following:
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Renal toxicity
- Female infertility
- Lung cancer
- Hepatic steatosis
- Neurobehavioral effects
If you or your family were exposed to the chemical contaminants in Camp Lejeune’s water supply and subsequently developed a medical condition, you could qualify for disability benefits. You could also file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and pursue a financial settlement.
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There have not been any known Camp Lejeune lawsuit settlements yet. However, if you were exposed to Camp Lejeune contaminated water, you can begin pursuing a settlement by filing a lawsuit.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC is committed to helping qualifying claimants prove their health conditions are linked to the contaminated water supply at the base. When this connection is established, we can help you file a claim or lawsuit requesting compensation for the losses you experienced as a result of your illness. Contact us today for a free consultation with a member of our team.
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