If you or anyone you know drank water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1953 and December 1987, that water was contaminated with toxic chemicals that may have caused or may still cause cancers or other illnesses. Fortunately, the government has made it possible to seek compensation if you file a claim with the Navy by August 9, 2024 and then file a lawsuit under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
Anyone who drank the contaminated water can file a claim—whether you are a veteran who served on base, a family member who lived on base, a civilian who worked on base, or the relative of a loved one who died after drinking water on base. A Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim will not affect your VA benefits.
Although you can file a claim for any illness related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, the government has identified certain illnesses it admits can be caused by this exposure, including kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, liver cancer, bladder cancer, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, end-stage renal (kidney) disease, systemic sclerosis or scleroderma, and cardiac birth defects.
There will likely be two steps required. First, you must file a claim with the Navy by August 9, 2024. Second, if the Navy does not respond to your claim within six months, you can file a lawsuit under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. We recommend you contact an attorney to help you file your claim with the Navy and your subsequent lawsuit. The information you provide the Navy may limit what you can seek in a lawsuit.
For a free review of your Camp Lejeune claim use the form on this page, or contact Lieff Cabraser at CampLejeuneIntakes@LCHB.com or call us at 1 800 541-7358.
Lieff Cabraser has proudly represented service members and their families for many years, including those who have suffered permanent hearing loss due to the use of defective 3M Combat Arms ear plugs, as well as service members infected with fungal meningitis as a result of contaminated epidural steroids.