The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
Personal injury lawsuits are not just about traumatic injuries like broken bones or cuts that require stitches. The laws that grant you the right to seek compensation against the person who caused a car accident in which you got injured also apply in cases where one party’s negligence caused a person to suffer a preventable illness. You cannot file personal injury lawsuits related to infectious diseases that are very contagious, because it is almost impossible to prove that, if not for the defendant’s negligence, you would not have gotten a cold, norovirus, or COVID-19 for example. They do apply in instances where companies or other entities fail to protect people from exposure to disease-causing substances. The most famous example is that people who were exposed to asbestos dust before and during the 1980s and subsequently developed a type of cancer called mesothelioma have been able to recover damages from construction and shipbuilding companies that used asbestos in their business activities. A newly enacted federal law grants people harmed by environmental pollutants at the Camp Lejeune military base to seek compensation for losses related to illnesses related to exposure to these pollutants. To find out more, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer.
Justice for People Sickened by Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune Military Base
U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina is one of the largest training facilities for the U.S. military. In 1982, environmental safety tests revealed that the tap water was contaminated with dangerously high levels of chemicals such as benzene and the industrial solvents trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene, perchloroethylene, and vinyl chloride (VC). On many occasions between the 1950s and the 1980s, the concentration of these chemicals in the tap water was hundreds of times the levels considered safe for human consumption.
Pursuant to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, people who spent 30 or more days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 have the right to seek compensation if they have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions related to exposure to these chemicals:
- Cancer, including breast, bladder, and kidney cancer, among others
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and early onset dementia
- Infertility or recurrent miscarriage
The law also applies to in utero exposure to the contaminated water of Camp Lejeune. This means that the parents of children affected by birth defects, childhood cancer, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as a result of exposure to the Camp Lejeune contaminants are also entitled to seek compensation.
If you spent time at Camp Lejeune before or during 1987 and later suffered from chronic health problems, a personal injury lawyer can help you get justice.
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The personal injury lawyers at the Stanley Law Group can help you if you have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness as a result of exposure to harmful chemicals. Contact The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, South Carolina or call (803)799-4700 for a free initial consultation.