19: Camp Lejeune Marine Base Toxic Water Act of 2022

A remarkable new law has just been passed that will open a channel to financial compensation for people exposed to toxic water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Those exposed to the toxic water developed serious health problems, including many cancers.

Before going to law school, attorney Clay Hodges was an English instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville. He spent several years teaching US Marines, their spouses, children, and other dependents. He also taught classes directly on the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune, so he is very familiar with Camp Lejeune and the Jacksonville area.

In August 2022, President Joe Biden signed the new bill that created a federal cause of action related to toxic water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. In today’s podcast, attorney Hodges reviews certain parts of the bill, unpacks the language, and dives into the details of the exciting new legislation called the Camp Lejune Justice Act of 2022.

Stay tuned to hear the details of the recently legislated Camp Lejune water act.

Show highlights

  • The period between 1953 and 1987 is the most important detail of the Camp Lejeune bill.
  • Attorney Hodges explains who might have a valid case.
  • What do we know about the contamination of the water at Camp Lejeune?
  • Some of the toxic chemicals found in the water supply at Camp Lejeune.
  • The chemicals found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune are extremely harmful to human life.
  • Extended exposure to the chemicals in the Camp Lejeune drinking water has been linked to birth defects, various cancers, and other major health problems.
  • As far as we know, the water at Camp Lejeune is now safe to drink.
  • You have only two years in which to submit an administrative petition or file a lawsuit against the federal government if you think you have a claim under the new legislation.
  • Under the new legislation, the exclusive jurisdiction for these cases will be the Federal Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  • Family members of deceased people who qualify under the new law can claim compensation for the wrongful death of the deceased person.
  • Attorney Hodges explains why the new law is so extraordinary.

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If you think you may have a case, call Clay at 919-546-8788 to discuss further.

Check out Clay Hodges’s website

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