Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Deadline: August 10, 2024

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Summary

  • Deadline for Camp Lejeune lawsuit claims: August 10, 2024
  • Those who resided at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 may be eligible
  • Injuries arose from toxic substances in the water

Between 1953 and 1987, US Marine Corps leaders at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, concealed the water toxicity levels from USMC personnel and their families stationed at the base. As a result, personnel members and their families suffered severe health conditions, including neurological disorders, several types of cancer, miscarriages, and congenital disabilities.

In 2022, the US government introduced the PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. These laws allowed Marine personnel to pursue damages for health conditions suffered due to consuming and bathing in the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

USMC personnel and their families may be entitled to compensation if they have endured an injury or illness as a result of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. To file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, you must have resided there for at least 30 days from 1953 to 1987. Use the online contact form to learn the next steps for receiving compensation and remain updated as new information arises.

However, you need to act quickly. The deadline to file a claim in the Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit is August 10, 2024.

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Bellwether trials are set for plaintiffs with the following illnesses:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Trials are set to begin in 2024.

Camp Lejeune Water Lawsuit Background

The origin of Camp Lejeune's water contamination traces back to the 1950s when toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride seeped into the base's drinking water. These chemicals, likely used for cleaning machinery and other industrial purposes, contaminated the groundwater beneath the base, the residents' primary water source.

Unbeknownst to those stationed at Camp Lejeune, the water they consumed, bathed in, and used for everyday activities was tainted with carcinogens and other harmful substances. For decades, this contamination persisted, resulting in widespread exposure among military personnel, their families, and civilian workers.

The health impacts of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have been profound and long-lasting. Marine Corps personnel and their families reported a litany of serious health problems, including various forms of cancer, neurological disorders, reproductive issues, and developmental abnormalities in children born to affected parents.

Studies conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in 1997 and other organizations, such as the EPA, established strong links between the contaminants found in Camp Lejeune's water and elevated illnesses among those exposed. The toll on human lives is immeasurable, with many families grappling with the loss of loved ones and enduring the physical and emotional burdens of chronic illnesses.

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Camp Lejeune Cause of Action

Parties to the litigation allege the government and its agents failed to address the water toxicity, neglecting the health and well-being of those residing at Camp Lejeune. Over the last several decades, these negligence claims involved complex litigation, class-action lawsuits, and settlements.

Congress also responded to this situation. In 2012, the U.S. Senate enacted the Jamey Ensminger Act. The new law provided healthcare to the individuals exposed to contaminated Camp Lejeune water and acknowledged the victims’ suffering.

However, while the Jamey Ensminger Act addressed healthcare needs, it did not necessarily give Marines and their families a cause of action to pursue lawsuits. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act remedied that shortcoming. It allowed affected parties to seek damages for their illnesses from the U.S. government, allowing more settlements.

For the most current news and developments, please visit our Camp Lejeune updates page, where we regularly post the latest information and updates.

Effects of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Those exposed to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune reported the following health conditions:

  • Congenital disabilities and injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Immune disorders
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage (spontaneous pregnancy loss before 20 weeks)
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (blood disorders)
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Renal toxicity (kidney damage)

Many of these health conditions are life-threatening and frequently cause lifelong management and care. Plaintiffs request compensation to manage these conditions better and keep their treatment consistent.

Camp Lejeune water contamination also leads to diseases and health disorders, specifically:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Steatosis)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Aplastic Anemia and Other Bone Marrow Conditions
  • Scleroderma (hardening of the skin and connective tissues)

What Should I Do If I Was Affected by Camp Lejeune Water Contamination?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with these conditions and used contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you could be entitled to compensation. Reach out via ConsumerShield’s form to take the first step toward compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use military records, employment records, or other types of documentation that show you were at Camp Lejeune during the relevant period. In some cases, witness statements can also be used.

  • The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune appears linked to several health conditions, including various types of cancer, neurological disorders, and other serious illnesses. The VA recognizes a list of 15 conditions presumptively connected to the water contamination.

  • Yes, surviving family members, such as spouses or children, can file a claim on behalf of a deceased person who would have been eligible to participate in the Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

  • The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune appears linked to several health conditions, including various types of cancer, neurological disorders, and other serious illnesses. The VA recognizes a list of 15 conditions presumptively connected to the water contamination.

  • The timeline for these lawsuits can vary significantly based on a variety of factors, including the specifics of your case and the overall volume of cases the courts are handling. After you file a claim, the process generally involves evidence collection (discovery), negotiation, and possibly a trial. Contact the ConsumerShield team to help you out.

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