A large number of people were exposed to harmful chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune, a military facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As the source of the contaminated water was public and affected such a substantial number of people, a mass tort has been filed.
What You Need to Know About the Camp Lejeune Mass Tort Lawsuit
Anyone who drank water at Camp Lejeune between the years 1953 and 1987 could have been exposed to harmful substances like trichloroethylene, benzene, and perchloroethylene. These substances have been found to cause a number of potentially serious health problems.
The health problems that have been commonly reported by people who were affected by the toxic water include a range of horrific medical maladies including, renal toxicity, Myeloma, infertility, Parkinson’s, and most concerning of all, cancer.
No one should have to worry about becoming infertile or contracting something like Parkinson’s or cancer just from drinking water. To make matters worse, consider the fact that this was a military base where countless marines were stationed. There’s something seriously wrong with the fact that so many members of the U.S. military were left riddled with health problems because the water that was available at the base was so heavily contaminated.
Many of the health problems resulting from the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have left many U.S. marines and their families with horrific health problems. For others, it has led to death.
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What Is a Mass Tort?
A mass tort usually involves a large number of people who have suffered the same injury or type of damage from the same toxic substance, defective product, or service. Mass torts comprise a collection of individual lawsuits against the same perpetrator. The extent of the damages that each plaintiff has varies.
You should also know that a mass tort can be either an injury that affects a large number of people over a certain amount of time. For example, a mass tort could emerge from an injury that arises over time (e.g., exposure to toxic chemicals). These types of cases are most common when there is a single company, organization, institution, or individual that can be held liable for everyone’s injuries and has the resources to pay for everyone’s damages.
Differences Between a Mass Tort and a Class Action Lawsuit
You should know that class action lawsuits and mass torts are not the same things. A class action lawsuit typically involves more people than a mass tort. This is good news for you because it means you will get individual treatment in a mass tort whereas, in a class action lawsuit, every plaintiff is addressed individually.
Class action lawsuits tend to be much simpler than mass torts in terms of resolution. This is why it pays to have an all-star legal team fighting for you when you’re pursuing compensation for damages in a mass tort.
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Common Grounds for a Mass Tort
There are a number of different types of damages that could lead to a mass tort like the one that’s currently in effect over the toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune. Here’s a glimpse at two of the most common reasons for filing a mass tort and taking legal action.
Mass Exposure To Harmful Chemicals
Unfortunately, Camp Lejeune isn’t the only place where people have been harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals or substances. If you are among a large group of people who have been exposed to toxins or have consumed toxins due to someone else’s negligence, a mass tort case could ensue.
A mass tort can also be filed when a large number of people suffer damages due to defective products. A product defect claim comes in a variety of forms, including claims for defective design, manufacturing defects, and inadequate warnings.
One of the most common and subsequently most serious types of product defect claims is for a product that causes bodily injury or death. Product defect claims can involve almost any type of product, from a car to a food product to a piece of equipment.
In a product defect claim, the injured party is asserting that the product is inherently dangerous and its manufacturer or supplier should have known that the product posed a risk to users.
Why You Should Participate in the Camp Lejeune Mass Tort if You Were Affected by the Contaminated Water
If you are suffering from health problems caused by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you should be compensated for your suffering. In a sophisticated Western civilization like the United States, people shouldn’t have to worry about the purity of their drinking water, especially the people who put their lives on the line for our freedom.
The contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune can affect you for the rest of your life, worse yet, they can take your life. No one deserves to suffer from life-threatening health problems because they drank water from a public source. What they do deserve, is compensation. To get that compensation, you’re going to need a lawyer and a good one at that. The more talented your legal team is, the more likely you are to get fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
If You Were Affected by the Water at Cap Lejeune, You Deserve Compensation, Which Means You Deserve From Anidjar & Levine
Whether you’re a veteran or the family member of a veteran, you deserve compensation if you’ve been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. At Anidjar & Levine, we are dedicated to helping people who have suffered damages recover the kind of compensation that they deserve to make it right and get on with their lives.
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