Former service members previously stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina are planning to sue the federal government for medical expenses and suffering.
The PACT Act, passed in the U.S. Senate after a brief stalemate, will create a much-needed pathway for veterans and their families to file lawsuits for being exposed to toxins in the water and suffering serious health effects – specifically cancer – as a result of that toxic exposure.
PACT Act Passes
The approved bill is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk for approval. He is expected to sign it in the next few days. In addition to veterans who were exposed to the toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune, contractors were also affected.
Several workers were not service members who have also filed these lawsuits.
According to an ABC15 news report, one of the veterans who is part of the lawsuit in Arizona is Marine Corps veteran Lawrence Davidson who has been diagnosed with stage 5 prostate cancer.
Davidson said the disease “destroyed” his life. He told ABC15 that the treatment he is receiving for the cancer is so aggressive that doctors can only use it for a few more months. Since being diagnosed, Davidson has received 43 rounds of radiation.
As personal injury lawyers who represent victims and their families in toxic exposure cases, we are relieved and appreciative of the efforts of all legislators and advocates who made sure The Pact Act passed the Senate and made its way to President Biden’s desk.
We owe that to our veterans – men and women – who put themselves in harm’s way to fight for our freedoms. Thanks to the legislators and advocates who made this happen, veterans will have a way to seek and obtain fair compensation for their medical treatment and pain and suffering.
If You Have Been Affected
If you served at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or the Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina from August 1953 through December 1987, you might have come in contact with contaminants in the drinking water there. Scientific evidence has shown a link between exposure to these toxins during military service and the development of certain diseases later on.
Suppose you have qualifying service at Camp Lejeune and a current diagnosis of cancer or Parkinson’s Disease. In that case, you must contact an experienced dangerous products lawyer actively taking on these cases. If you experiencing symptoms, you must get medical attention right away.