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How Did the Camp Lejeune Cause of Action Come Into Existence?

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The way that the Camp Lejeune cause of action came into existence is very unique. The government is well aware that people who served our nation as Marines at Camp Lejeune were getting injured from contaminated water at the site. They knew this because those people were going to the veterans’ hospitals and medical facilities to get treatment for injuries related to it. However, you can’t sue the federal government unless the government says you can sue them. So, for years and years, lawyers who represent injured people have been pushing the federal government to create legislation that would allow people who were injured at Camp Lejeune to file a claim to compensate them for their injuries. Finally, in August of 2022, the government passed the law that allowed anybody that served at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, for approximately 30 days or more, and has one of the requisite injuries, to file a claim against the government for those injuries to be compensated.

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