If you suffered any harm from contaminated water in North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, or another region, you are likely eligible to file a contaminated water lawsuit. To file a lawsuit in 2022, you need to know whether you are eligible and how a lawyer can help you to get the outcome you deserve.
Our legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC has been able to recover many millions of dollars for our clients. We are very confident we can help you, as well. Reach out to us so that we can help you determine if you are eligible to file a contaminated water lawsuit and if so, discuss your legal options for compensation.
Who Qualifies for the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?
A decade ago, an important act called the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act was passed to let victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination pursue compensation. Recently, another act called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was passed to let the victims pursue further compensation.
Thanks to these acts being passed, you can qualify for a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit or claim if the following criteria apply to you:
- Anytime between 1953 and 1987, you were exposed to contaminated water, or your child was exposed in utero for 30 or more consecutive or non-consecutive days.
- You or your child were exposed to the water in either Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Lejeune Greater Sandy Run, Hadnot Point, Stone Bay Rifle Range, Paradise Point, Camp Johnson/Montford Point, Camp Geiger, Tarawa Terrace, Onslow Beach, or Holcomb Boulevard.
- You were diagnosed with either Parkinson’s disease, renal toxicity, neurobehavioral effect, a cardiac birth defect, a myelodysplastic syndrome, scleroderma, fatty liver disease, a miscarriage, female infertility, any kind of cancer, or another serious medical issue; or your child was diagnosed with a major heart defect, an oral cleft defect, an eye defect, a neural tube defect, Leukemia, choanal atresia, or another serious medical issue.
Who Qualifies for a Flint Lawsuit?
If you suffered any damages related to lead in the water such as lead poisoning or Legionnaires’ disease you can sue. Today, many individuals and families are suing the government of Flint, Michigan for water contamination. The government has proposed a settlement of over $600 million, but as of October 2022, the settlement is still subject to court approval.
Can I Sue on Behalf of a Deceased Loved One?
You can sue on behalf of your loved one, whether it was your spouse, child, parent, or sibling if their death was a result of contaminated water. You’ll want to file a wrongful death lawsuit to pursue damages.
What Are Your Damages?
To file a contaminated water lawsuit or claim, you will need to know what your damages are so that you can demand them from the liable party. In a contaminated water lawsuit, damages may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of new piping for your home
- Cost of new water treatment for your home
- Wrongful death damages if you lost a loved one due to contaminated water
A lawsuit could help you recover more damages than a claim. Depending on your case, you could get monthly benefits or a settlement from the government.
Filing a Lawsuit in 2022
There is a lot of work involved in preparing and filing a lawsuit. To prepare and file any kind of lawsuit, you have to:
- Determine what your cause of action is
- Collect evidence of your damages
- Find the correct court to file through
- Complete all the necessary forms
- Make copies of those forms
- Prepare necessary documentation quickly to meet the filing deadline
- File the necessary documents
- Serve the documents to the defendant(s)
You will have to resolve your case with either the defendant(s) or with a judge, which means negotiating a settlement or arguing for a court verdict.
How a Contaminated Water Lawsuit Lawyer Can Help
A contaminated water lawsuit attorney can take care of everything involved in preparing, filing, and resolving your lawsuit or claim. Depending on your case, your lawyer can also:
- Refer you to free testing for lead contamination (if you have a Flint case)
- Check whether Veterans Affairs gave you a fair disability rating (if you have a Camp Lejeune case)
- Help you determine what all of your damages are, including your intangible damages
- Sue any kind of entity, including the government
- Appeal a decision the other party makes about your lawsuit/claim if you disagree with it
- Fight hard for a fair outcome
Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today
You deserve a fair outcome for your water contamination case. An attorney from our firm can help you reach that outcome. During a free consultation, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about filing your contaminated water lawsuit, and afterward, one of our contaminated water attorneys near you will file the suit for you.
Our attorneys handle contaminated water cases regularly, including the current cases in North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pittsburg. Our team has been able to recover many millions of dollars for our clients and we’re confident we can help you, as well. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for your free consultation.