Did you and/or a loved one live or work at the Camp Lejeune (North Carolina) military base from 1953-1987 and later developed a serious illness? If so, there is important information you need to be aware of. The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek is currently accepting clients who suffered harm due to exposure to contaminated/toxic water at Camp Lejeune (for more info on the contamination, click here).
PACT ACT & the CLJA
The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (“PACT”) of 2022 was signed into law on August 10, 2022. Within the PACT, there is a provision called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (“CLJA”)
The CLJA created a new federal cause of action against the United States Government related to contaminated water uncovered at the Camp Lejeune military station from 1953 to 1987.
- Previously, the Government was not liable for injuries to servicemen at Camp Lejune (even though they knew the water was contaminated) where the injuries arose “out of or are the course of activity incident to service.” This was due to an old Supreme Court case called Feres v. United States.
- In other words, every lawsuit filed concerning the toxic water at Camp Lejeune would be dismissed, as the Government had immunity.
- Even as recent as November of 2021, a Federal Court dismissed a wrongful death action brought by the widow of a former U.S. Marine who died due to toxic water in Camp Lejeune.
- However, as of August 10, 2022, the United States has waived its sovereign immunity defense. This is something that rarely happens.
There is a small window to file a claim
- The Government will not be liable forever. The CLJA’s statute of limitations mandates that a Camp Lejune lawsuit must be filed within 2 years from “the date of enactment of this Act”, which was August 10, 2022.
- In other words, on August 11, 2024, the Government’s waiver ends, and all claims are precluded once again.
Who can file a claim?
- The CLJA allows any individual who believes they were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, and suffered injuries due to exposure to the contaminated water to file a claim.
- This includes claims on behalf of deceased individuals who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejune.
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The legal team at Cardaro & Peek is determined to get justice for the service members and families who were wrongfully injured by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. If you or a loved one has developed serious illness due to exposure to toxic chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune, give us a call at 410-752-6166 or visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.