Justice Department and Navy Plan to Expedite Payments Camp Lejeune Victims
Oct 19, 2023
According to a report by NBC News, the Justice Department and Navy announced a new settlement offer late last month for people who were adversely affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
Under the terms of the settlement, named the Elective Option, people with claims under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act can resolve them more quickly and efficiently than they would through litigation. According to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, “The Elective Option is a critical step in bringing relief to qualifying claimants impacted by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, who will now have an avenue for receiving quick and early resolution of claims under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.”
People with claims related to Camp Lejeune water exposure can accept expedited payment based on the severity of their injuries and the length of their exposure. The payouts authorized by the Elective Option range from $100,000 to $450,000 for living claimants. In addition, claimants who have died from their Camp Lejeune water exposure can receive an additional $100,000, increasing the settlement range from $200,000 to $550,000. People who were affected still have the option of taking their claims to court and fighting for more money.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Caused Serious Diseases
People who were living and working at Camp Lejune from the 1950s through the 1980s were exposed to contaminated water. The water was contaminated by industrial solvents like perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) related to dry cleaning waste and leaky fuel storage tanks. The exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune has been linked to several serious diseases, including the following:
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Bladder Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Kidney Disease / End Stage Renal Disease
- Systemic Sclerosis / Systemic Scleroderma
Do You Need a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer?
While the Elective Option is certainly right for some victims and their families, it is still in your best interest to speak with a lawyer if you believe you have a claim related to Camp Lejeune water exposure. It is important to recognize that the Elective Option is an attempt for the parties responsible for the Camp Lejeune water contamination to limit their liability and that some victims may be able to recover significantly more compensation by taking their claims to court.
An attorney familiar with Camp Lejeune water contamination cases can evaluate your claim and determine what course of action is in your best interest.
Contact ASK LLP to Speak to a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love developed an illness after spending time at Camp Lejeune, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. Our skilled legal team currently represents more than 200 people who have suffered adverse health events as a result of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, and we believe that this development is a step in the right direction in getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.
At ASK LLP, we will review your Camp Lejeune water exposure case for free and will only collect legal fees if we obtain compensation on your behalf. To schedule a consultation with a Camp Lejeune attorney, call our office today or contact us online.