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Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Injury Claim Window to Close on August 10th

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Injury Claim Window to Close on August 10th

Camp Lejeune veterans, workers, and their families have only a few weeks left to file their injury claims to potentially recover compensation after being exposed to toxic water on base and developing various illnesses. The deadline to file a claim is August 10, 2024. 

As many as one million military servicemembers, civilian workers, and their families lived on Camp Lejeune between the years of 1953 and 1987. To many of these Marines and recruits, the base was their home for several years. Many started families; building their lives on the 14-mile strip of beach—the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast.

During that time, however, the very water surrounding the base that the servicemembers spent hours training in—and the copious drinking water they ingested due to their rigorous daily training—was contaminated with toxic chemicals. These toxins were discarded into local storm drains, or dumped and buried near base wells for years by the U.S. government. Those living and working on base drank, cooked with, and bathed in the water on base, unknowingly exposing themselves and their families to dangerous substances. Government officials covered up this illegal dumping for years, and skirted attempts to reveal the truth. These toxins included:

  • Oil, petrol, industrial wastewater, and toxic chemicals (such as degreasers and solvents): these were knowingly dumped into local storm drains by the U.S. government.
  • Fuel: buried fuel tanks leaked into the drinking water supply.
  • Other toxic chemicals: other chemicals flowed to the facility from an off-base dry-cleaning company, along with industrial solvents used nearby to clean military equipment.

But that’s not all. Volatile organic compounds were also detected in Camp Lejeune’s drinking water, including:

  • benzene
  • tetrachloroethylene (​​perchloroethylene or PCE)
  • trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • vinyl chloride (VC)

Many of these substances known to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals—exposure to which may cause harmful conditions, including birth defects and miscarriages. For this reason, some women living on base suffered fertility problems.

Many different types of illnesses or conditions have been linked to exposure to this contaminated water on Camp Lejeune, including but not limited to the following:

  • leukemia
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • bladder cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • lung cancer
  • esophageal cancer
  • breast cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • female infertility
  • miscarriages

Contact us to see if you qualify—but don’t wait, claims must be filed in August 10, 2024.

Am I Eligible to File a Claim?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides a cause of action against the U.S. government. The Act opened a two-year window of time for servicemembers and their families to file claims for the injuries they sustained due to the contaminated water. This means that anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for at least 30 days, was exposed to contaminated water, and harmed by such exposure may take legal action. This includes veterans, civilians and families—even those who, at the time, were exposed to the tainted water in the womb.

However, claimants only have a limited amount of time left to file their claims. By August 10, 2024, the window will close and no further claims will be allowed to be filed. With the deadline approaching, we encourage anyone who thinks they may have a claim to contact us. Don’t miss your opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries.

Don’t Wait, Time is Almost Out to Make a Camp Lejeune Claim. Contact Our Attorneys Today

If you lived or worked at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 and believe your cancer or other serious injury was caused by water contamination, contact us today. You only have a few more weeks to make a claim and potentially secure compensation for your injuries.

Call today for a free, strictly confidential evaluation of your potential claim. You can reach us at (888) 984-7988 or fill out our contact form to speak with an attorney about your potential case.