Victims no longer have the option to submit medical claims for their injuries through the Veteran’s Administration. Additionally, victims of exposure to contaminated water are prohibited from pursuing legal remedies due to a procedural restriction in North Carolina law.
The VA simply cannot afford to cover these enormous costs due to the unprecedented number of victims, even though the federal government agreed to pay out roughly $2.2 billion in disability benefits in 2017 for a specific list of diseases and conditions (which does not include all the ailments from which Camp Lejeune veterans may suffer). Additionally, existing North Carolina law precludes any further legal action even with current statutes in place because of a legal doctrine known as a “statute of repose.”
North Carolina is among the few states with a statute of repose on pollutants, which prevents plaintiffs from filing claims if more than 10 years have passed since the contaminated incident and differs from a statute of limitations.
This means that everyone who may have suffered an injury as a result of Camp Lejeune had been denied the right to sue, until now.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which was just passed by Congress as part of the PACT Act, may offer relief to the many people who have been exposed to toxic and poisonous water.
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