You may have a limited time to file a water contamination lawsuit, like a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. The deadline may differ depending on your circumstances, including when you started to experience health effects. Whatever the specifics of your case, a water contamination lawyer can help you meet your deadline by preparing and filing your suit before the statute of limitations expires.
Is There a Deadline for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
On August 9, the president signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which lets victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination crisis sue the government for compensation. However, there is a deadline for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit. A claimant must file their lawsuit within two years of the date the act was signed.
The deadline can be different for some people, though. For example, if a claimant did not get sick during the Camp Lejeune contamination period but gets sick after August 9, 2022, the claimant will have two years from the date of their diagnosis to file their lawsuit.
The Criteria for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit
So long as you can meet the deadline that applies in your case, as well as the other criteria for a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, you can qualify to file. These additional criteria include:
- For at least 30 consecutive/non-consecutive days between 1953 and 1987, you were exposed to contaminated water, or your child was exposed in utero
- You or your child suffered exposure in either Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Holcomb Boulevard, or another qualifying area
- Either you were diagnosed with a cancer, a neurobehavioral effect, or another serious health issue; or your child was diagnosed with a major heart defect, an oral cleft defect, or another serious health issue
The Criteria for a Flint Lawsuit
If you have a Flint water contamination case, you can sue for damages associated with lead contamination. Such damages could include Legionnaires’ disease or lead poisoning.
Recently, the government approved a Flint settlement of more than $600 million that will be distributed to tens of thousands of applicants. If you have yet to apply for or receive compensation, our lawyer can help you determine if you are eligible and keep you updated on future settlement agreements.
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How Long do I Have to File a Water Contamination Lawsuit?
If you have a different kind of water contamination case, there may be a deadline for filing your lawsuit. This deadline will depend on the state in which you reside. A water contamination lawyer from our firm can help you determine whether there’s a deadline for your lawsuit and help you to meet it.
A Water Contamination Lawyer Can Help You Meet Any Deadlines
There’s a lot a lawyer from our firm can do for you. First, your lawyer will identify any deadline for your lawsuit and then prepare and file your case according to regulations. Your lawyer will:
- Calculate all of your damages, including your pain and suffering, your medical bills, any lost wages, the cost of any new piping or water treatment for your home, etc.
- Include supporting documents showing all of your damages
- Fill out and file all of the required documents according to legal requirements
- Appeal any denial of your settlement or benefits
- Resolve your case with either the defendant or a judge
- For a Flint case, your lawyer will be able to refer you for free lead testing
- For a Camp Lejeune case, your lawyer will ensure Veterans Affairs gives you a fair disability rating
Each water contamination case comes with unique consequences. Our team will do their best to fight for the compensation you deserve and assist you in your recovery.
Why Time Is of the Essence in Your Water Contamination Case
We understand you have a lot to think about right now, such as your health and your family. You may be unsure whether to hire an attorney now or wait until news breaks of another settlement or class action suit. However, there are a number of reasons to secure an attorney ahead of time.
For one, your legal team may be able to recover compensation for you that will help you support yourself and your family now rather than later. In addition, if you are required to wait until another government-approved settlement, securing an attorney now can protect your right to participate in the next lawsuit. We will make sure you are the first to know about your legal options as they become available.
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How long you have to file a water contamination lawsuit depends on whether there’s a filing deadline for your particular case. Our firm can help you meet a deadline for a Camp Lejeune case, a Flint case, or another kind of suit so you can qualify for the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have handled many water contamination cases like your own, including in New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Illinois, North Carolina, and Michigan. We have been very successful for their clients, recovering many millions of dollars for them. To learn about what one of our attorneys can do for you, contact us today.