New Law Provides Assistance to Veterans Exposed to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune

Posted by Samuel T. BarberAug 23, 20220 Comments

Recently, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, H.R. 2192 the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021. The Bill creates a right to bring an action to recover damages for injuries caused by exposure to toxic water for an individual who resided, worked, or was otherwise exposed to water at Camp Lejeune. Some of the know illnesses that individuals exposed to the toxic water have suffered from include cancer, Parkinson's Disease, non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects. The Act provides justice and compensations for our veterans, their families, and civilians who worked and lived on the base for their exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

The individual must have been at Camp Lejeune for at least thirty days between August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. The Bill allows individuals who qualify under the Act to seek relief from harm which (1) was caused by exposure to the water; (2) was associated with exposure to the water; (3) was linked to exposure to the water; or (4) the exposure to the water increased the likelihood of such harm.

Seeking recovery under the Act will not affect an individual's continued or future entitlement to disability awards, payments, or benefits under any Veteran's Administration (VA) program.

There are important time limitations and other steps which must be taken under the Act to secure your right to relief from the exposure to the toxic water supply at Camp Lejeune.

(The attorneys at Smith Phillips have experience in complex litigation and will help any of our Nation's veterans, their families, and other individuals who qualify for relief under the Act.)