Camp Lejeune Marines And Others With Terminal Cancer May Seek To Expidite Their CLJA Claim
Individuals with terminal cancer may not live long enough to see their day in court without special consideration
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - More than 20,000 Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims have been filed so far and thousands more are to be expected. Lawsuits are targeting the Federal government under The Act for failing to safeguard the water being consumed on the base by US marines, members of other branches of the military, and also foreign ally soldiers re-training after World War II. Camp Lejeune water lawsuits can also be filed by the surviving loved ones of those who died from a long list of cancer and other diseases the VA presumes were caused by exposure to contaminated water.
Marines and other soldiers performing basic training would routinely drink from any hoses available or spinet attached to an outside wall or a drinking fountain contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOC)s. The National Institute of Health describes the situation. "The major drinking-water contaminants of interest at Camp Lejeune are volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), mainly trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, PCE) but also vinyl chloride, methylene chloride, benzene, toluene, cis- and trans-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), and 1,1-DCE." The NIH calls people's exposure to Camp Lejeune contaminated water "systemic" and acknowledges the everyday, continuous use of the contaminated water by millions of people including thousands of pregnant women who have suffered increases in miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects. Individuals that have received a cancer diagnosis have only a short time to live and may seek to expedite their claim. One such instance was reported by MedTruth.com, "A former U.S. Marine alleges his terminal cancer developed because of exposure to toxic water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune. He has filed a petition to have his deposition heard before his lawsuit will be adjudicated because he may not live long enough to see his day in court. Charles Hartfield, a resident of Hattiesburg, MS, was told in early 2021 that because of his terminal bladder cancer, he will live only three to five years longer. Stationed at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune during the late 1970s, Hartfield is also requesting that a federal judge preserve his testimony. Hartfield's petition reveals that he intends to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit against the U.S. government under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA). "
Cancer can lie dormant in the body for more than a decade before the symptoms force seeking medical attention. What this all adds up to is that those who wish to sue the federal government over failing to warn them of the cancer risks of drinking Camp Lejeune water should file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim and seek the compensation the millions of dollars of compensation they may be entitled to. A Camp Lejeune Justice Act attorney can help present a case with the greatest probability of being accepted by the government and potentially the highest payout and the fastest return. Most attorneys will work on a contingency basis meaning that the client does not pay anything unless a favorable outcome is achieved and only then, a percentage of their winnings.