Written By Attorney James Moore
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act has been enacted to provide compensation/benefits to eligible individuals exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. It is estimated that over a million individuals were potentially exposed to toxic chemicals, including benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), which have been linked to various illnesses such as leukemia, lung cancer, and other serious health problems.
For those individuals diagnosed with severe illnesses resulting from contaminated water, the process of seeking compensation and benefits under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act can be complex and time-consuming. The process is likely to involve filing a complaint/lawsuit against the US government, which often results in lengthy delays and legal challenges, further compounding the difficulties for those who have already suffered.
The recent Standing Order, issued by Chief District Court Judge Richard Myers, has provided much-needed relief for those seeking justice under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. By allowing for electronic service of the complaints on the US government, the process of at least initiating the lawsuit has become much more streamlined and efficient. In addition, the Department of Justice’s waiver of any challenges to the service of process has removed another potential obstacle, which could have further delayed the resolution of these cases.
This change in the administration of justice under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a step in the right direction for those who have suffered harm due to the contaminated water. By streamlining the process of filing a lawsuit and serving the US government, it is expected that the resolution of these cases will be hastened and hopefully expedite the compensation and benefits for those that have been affected.
Given the continued changes in how these matters will be handled procedurally, it is essential for those who have suffered harm from the contaminated water to seek the advice and guidance of experienced attorneys who specialize in this area of law. Attorneys with expertise in the Camp Lejeune Justice Act can provide guidance and support throughout the legal process, helping to ensure that their clients receive the compensation and benefits they are entitled to under the law.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, the attorneys at Shipman & Wright are here to advise and guide you through this ever-changing process. For over 40 years, Shipman & Wright, LLP has been litigating cases in North Carolina, including in the Eastern District. Call us today to discuss any questions you may have. Consultations are free and confidential.