Thousands of claims filed under Camp Lejeune Justice Act by Marine veterans
The federal government announced in October 2023 that more than 100,000 administrative claims and more than 1,000 lawsuit have been filed on behalf of veterans or other individuals who were exposed to toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Marine Base Camp Lejeune.
Veterans, family members, and other workers who were stationed or worked at the marine base and have been diagnosed with cancer or other illnesses caused by chemicals in the base’s drinking water may still be eligible to file a claim and receive compensation under a federal law designed to compensate victims.
Camp Lejeune Victims Are Eligible to File a Claim
Between 1953 and 1987, veterans and other individuals stationed at Camp Lejeune were exposed to toxic chemicals in the base’s drinking water that can cause cancer or other serious illnesses.
In 2022, Congress passed a law known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which was designed to compensate victims of exposure to toxic chemicals at the marine base.
Under the law, anyone who was present at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987 and was diagnosed with certain cancers, kidney disease, renal disease, systemic sclerosis, systemic scleroderma, or cardiac birth defects is entitled to file a claim and receive compensation for their illness from the federal government.
Thousands of Claims Filed By Veterans Under Camp Lejeune Justice Act
The federal government announced in October 2023 that so far, at least 117,000 claims have been filed with the U.S. Navy under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
At least three of these individuals have accepted settlements from the military totaling an estimated $850,000. So far, at least two of these claims have been paid out. The federal government also says that it has made settlement offers to at least 23 other individuals whose illnesses were linked to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
In addition to these administrative claims, at least 1,300 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of Camp Lejeune veterans in North Carolina federal court. These lawsuits allege that exposure to chemicals at Camp Lejeune caused cancer, miscarriages, or other illnesses.
The federal government says that it estimates that the 117,000 administrative claims that have been filed so far under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act could cost $3.3 trillion in total payouts. Veterans, family members, and other workers exposed to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune have until August 2024 to file a claim.
Start Your Claim Today
If you or a loved one were stationed at Camp Lejeune and have been diagnosed with cancer or other illnesses, you are eligible to file a claim and receive compensation.
To start the process of filing your claim today, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling our office toll-free at 1-866-806-8117. You can also contact us by filling out our free online claims submission form.