If you have watched any TV in the past few months you have seen a commercial or new story about Camp Lejuene Lawsuits. So what is it? I thought we could discuss what this litigation is about, why we are hearing so much about it now and what to do if you have been impacted. So here are those questions with a couple of brief answers:
1. WHAT ARE THE CAMP LEJUENE CLAIMS AND LAWS WE ARE HEARING SO MUCH ABOUT?
To understand why it is such a big deal you have to know a little about the history. Basically, between 1953 and 1987, drinking water at Camp Lejeune, military base in North Carolina, was contaminated with dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and more. Once the impact became know, which took decades, hundreds of families filed lawsuits to get help for these illnesses. Unfortunately, all these lawsuits were dismissed in 2016 based on a law in North Carolina known as a statute of repose. This created outraged and the legislature is in the process of passing a law that will because it meant that thousands of innocent victims (including military veterans and their families) would be denied compensation for serious injuries. In response, a new federal law was proposed in Congress called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (“CLJA