What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was signed into law by President Biden on August 10, 2022. It allows veterans and their families who suffered various cancers and illnesses to seek legal compensation from the government for the harm caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. Claimants have until August 10, 2024, to file a claim.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is one part of a much more comprehensive law called the Honoring Our PACT Act, which provides for veterans by expanding benefits and healthcare for veterans harmed by toxic exposures during their time in service around the world.

 

Who does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 apply to?

Below is an excerpt from the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.

(a) In General.--An individual, including a veteran, or the legal representative of such an individual, who resided, worked, or was otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) for not less than 30 days during the period beginning August 1, 1953, and ending December 31, 1987, to water at Camp Lejeune that was supplied by the United States or on its behalf may bring an action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to obtain appropriate relief for 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.

In other words, if a person lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and suffered one of the identified illnesses, he/she is able to file a claim seeking legal compensation.

 

What does that mean for Camp Lejeune victims?

For victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination, this means that you or your loved ones are now eligible to file a claim for damages beyond the health benefits the VA provides. If you or a loved one were exposed to the dangerous chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water, and you aren’t sure what to do next, fill out the form on this page. Our team will immediately begin assessing your claim and will be in touch promptly to discuss your options.

 

When was The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 signed?

The bill was signed into law by President Biden on August 10, 2022.

 

What is the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022?

Throughout military history, the government has used burn pits and other unsafe practices which release toxic chemicals into the air, water, and other sources which have caused lifelong diseases for millions of veterans.

The Honoring Our Pact Act of 2022 makes more than 3.5 million veterans eligible for VA healthcare. It also expands VA research and makes healthcare more accessible in relation to toxic chemical exposure due to time in service.

 

What does a claim and lawsuit look like regarding The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?

See our article “What is the Claims Process and Timeline for Camp Lejeune Lawsuits?” to learn more about what the legal process for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit will look like and how long it will take.

 

Contact Our Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyers to Get Started On Your Claim

If you believe that you or a loved one may be eligible for benefits under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, please fill out the form on this page or you can give our Camp Lejeune legal team a call at (803) 790-2800 to talk to a lawyer about your case.

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