Elderly Camp Lejeune Claimants Wait for Justice – But Will it be Too Late?

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Last August, Congress passed a law giving those who worked and lived on military base Camp Lejeune two years to file a claim for injuries sustained from the contaminated water.  In order to qualify, veterans, civilians, and people who worked on base must have been exposed for over 30 days between 1953 and 1987, and have an injury that was caused by the toxic water. Over a million people may have been exposed over the 35-year period.

Now, some of these elderly servicemembers and those exposed are beginning to succumb to their injuries, which include certain cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and other life-threatening  conditions. As claims continue to be filed, some sadly may not see justice for their suffering – but instead, their cases may turn into wrongful death claims.

Approximately 20,000 claims have been filed with the Navy Judge Advocate General since the signing of the legislation in August 2022. A provision of the new law holds that claims may be filed in federal court only after six months has passed with no action taken by the Navy JAG.

That timeline expired this past February for many claims that the Navy did not act upon. The number of unanswered claims grows with each passing day, as claimants also grow more frustrated with the lack of action and absent claims resolution process.

How Do I Know if I May File a Camp Lejeune Injury Lawsuit?

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, call us today. Grant & Eisenhofer attorneys can evaluate your potential claim with you during a completely free consultation. Call us at (888) 984-7988 or fill out our contact form to speak with an attorney about your potential case.