U.S. Senate Voted On Thursday To Pass The Camp Lejeune Justice Act After Marine Corps Base Residents Were Exposed To Contaminated Water
CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA (June 18, 2022) – The U.S. senate voted to pass the Camp Lejeune Justice Act which will allow former residents of the Marine Corps base to seek reparations for exposure to contaminated water.
The bill received bipartisan support from democrats and republicans. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law later this week under the Honoring Our PACT Act.
The bill allows those who lived at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to file claims for exposure to toxic water. For over three decades, the Marine Corps based contained volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are known to be carcinogenic.
Over 70 chemicals have been discovered in the water including trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC), and benzene. Those eligible to seek aid include children, primary caretakers, military spouses and all of the people directly exposed.
In the past, thousands of people have been prohibited from pursuing claims because of a North Carolina law that imposes a 10-year statute of limitations for these sorts of claims. North Carolina is the only state with such a law.
Though that law was later amended for future cases, it does not apply retroactively. This is why the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was necessary.
Getting Help For Camp Lejeune Residents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the individuals and the families affected by toxic water exposure at Camp Lejeune. The passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act corrects a historic wrong. No one who lives or works on a military base in the United States should ever have to worry about becoming seriously ill from water.
Have you or someone that you care about become ill from toxic water exposure at the at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base. You may have legal recourse through a civil claim even if you were not able to pursue a claim in the past. Our team of experienced toxic tort injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that toxic water exposure victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You could reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.