Camp Lejeune Lawyers, Fighting For Justice and Maximum Compensation For Injured Victims
From August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987, military personnel, civilian employees, and their families were exposed to dangerous toxins in the water that supplied Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Individuals were exposed to these dangerous chemicals through drinking, cooking, and bathing in contaminated water. Consequently, these toxins have caused many individuals to develop cancers and other serious illnesses that can lead to being permanently disabled or even death.
Suppose you or a loved one was exposed to these dangerous chemicals and have suffered a disability or severe illness. In that case, you may have grounds to file a claim to recover economic and non-economic damages.
Contact Pemberton Personal Injury Law Firm immediately and ask to schedule a free case review with a qualified legal team member who can thoroughly evaluate your case.
What Are the Requirements to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Even if you or your loved one can prove having been stationed at Camp Lejeune for 30 cumulative days between 1953 and 1987, specific legal requirements must be met to qualify to file a lawsuit.
For veterans or civilian workers, they must provide proof that they were diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
- Bladder cancer
- Congenital disabilities
- Kidney disease or cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Systemic Sclerosis
Additionally, if you are a family member who lived on the base during the specified time period at Camp Lejeune, you must also provide proof of all of the following:
- You lived on the base or were in your mother’s womb for at least 30 cumulative days.
- You are related to an individual who served at Camp Lejeune
- You have been diagnosed by a medical professional with one or more of the qualifying medical conditions that have been associated with the contaminated water discovered at Camp Lejeune.
What Types of Damages Can I Potentially Recover in a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
If you can successfully prove that you or a loved one developed a severe illness from being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages. However, individuals should be aware that the amount of compensation they may ultimately be awarded may be based on various factors. These factors may include how long an individual or their loved one was exposed to the contaminated water, the severity and duration of their illness, the overall cost of their medical treatment, and whether their exposure led to premature death.
Economic damages are awarded to compensate victims or their loved ones for out-of-pocket expenses incurred due to injury. Some of the most frequently awarded damages in Camp Lejeune lawsuits include:
- Past, current, and future medical bills: Financial compensation for medical bills may include expenses related to hospital and doctor visits, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, physical therapy, diagnostic testing, and long-term health care needs.
- Lost wages: If you or your loved one have been unable to work due to illness caused by exposure to the contaminated water found at Camp Lejeune, you may recover lost income and other benefits. Additionally, if your illness caused you or your loved one to leave a job and take a job that pays less money, you may be entitled to make a claim for lost earning capacity.
Non Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are granted to compensate victims or their loved ones for intangible losses they have suffered. Some of the most common include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring
Because non-economic damages are subjective, the type of damages and the amount injury victims or their families may ultimately be awarded will differ significantly based on the unique facts and circumstances surrounding each case.
Is There a Deadline to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
Individuals who believe they have suffered injuries due to the contaminated water discovered at Camp Lejeune or their loved ones should be aware of a statute of limitations to file a lawsuit. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) was signed on August 10, 2022, and allows individuals who believe they suffered injuries or their loved ones up to two years to file a claim.
If you believe you qualify to file a claim, you must seek qualified legal representation immediately. Pemberton Personal Injury Law Firm can assist you with understanding the legal requirements and, if eligible, file a claim on your behalf.
It is in your best interest to seek legal counsel regarding filing a claim immediately. If you miss the specified deadline, you will likely lose any chance of being able to recover damages. If you file a claim after the deadline has passed, your case will most likely be thrown out of court, and you will have no further legal recourse.
Why Should I Choose Your Law Firm to Represent Me?
Pemberton Personal Injury Law Firm is dedicated to helping injury victims and their loved ones obtain justice and receive full and fair compensation. Our injury attorneys are passionately committed to assisting clients to recover the maximum compensation to help give them the peace of mind they deserve.
If we agree to take your case, we will help you gather all the necessary documents to build and strengthen your case. Our law firm recognizes that no amount of money can restore you or your loved one back to the health and circumstances you enjoyed before being injured. However, often the only way to hold the liable parties responsible for their actions or inactions is by filing a lawsuit.
If you feel that you meet the requirements as described, contact our law firm immediately by calling (608) 448-6242 and asking to schedule a free no-obligation consultation to learn how we may be able to help you.