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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit FAQs

If you’ve spent time at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, you’ve likely served your country as a member of the military or a military family. And if you were there between 1953 and 1987, you were also needlessly exposed to life-threatening contaminants in the drinking water.

Now, Carabin Shaw is here to serve you as you seek justice for any illnesses that you or your loved ones have suffered due to this chemical exposure. You can read the Camp Lejeune lawsuit FAQs below for more information about recovering damages for the harm you’ve experienced.

Who Is Eligible for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

You might be eligible if you were exposed to Camp Lejeune water for 30 or more days between 1953 and 1987 and experienced injuries or illnesses associated with the pollutants. Eligibility extends to members of the Armed Forces, civil service or civilian employees, civilians, and military dependents. If you were exposed in utero, you might also have a case.

In addition, you can apply for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs if you’re a military service member with a qualifying condition.

Why Are People Now Pursuing Lawsuits for Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water? In 2022, President Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law. This bill makes it possible to sue the U.S. government for damages or wrongful death after the ten-year statute of limitations for claims in North Carolina. Which Toxins Contaminated the Camp Lejeune Drinking Water?

The waste from an off-base dry-cleaning company contaminated the water. In 1985, two Camp Lejeune wells were finally shut down for containing high levels of the following chemicals:

  • Industrial solvents perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Benzene
  • Vinyl chloride
  • Other volatile organic compounds (VOC)
Which Illnesses Qualify for Legal Action?

The following injuries and illnesses are associated with the Camp Lejeune contaminants:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Birth defects
  • Cancers of the bladder, kidney, liver, and other organs
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Scleroderma
  • Other conditions

The Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw are ready to evaluate your specific circumstances and prove that your injuries are linked to the water contamination.

What are examples of neurobehavioral effects?

Neurobehavioral effects from toxin exposure include physical, emotional, and learning issues. An experienced attorney is familiar with the exhaustive list of possible conditions that might affect you, which range in severity.

Although the list below isn't comprehensive, it contains examples of common neurobehavioral effects:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Learning disorders
  • Memory issues
  • Headaches
  • Balance and coordination issues
When Is the Deadline for a Lawsuit Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?

You should start a Camp Lejeune lawsuit by August 10, 2024.

How Long Will it Take to Receive a Settlement for a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Your settlement amount will depend on the extent and severity of your injuries. Although the thousands of people who have already filed claims are still awaiting settlements, legal experts estimate that Camp Lejeune cases will take 14 to 26 months.

Carabin Shaw’s client reviews consistently demonstrate that our team is committed to providing full attention and care throughout long legal journeys. Your lawyers will especially work to maximize the compensation for your injuries.

Do I Need a Lawyer for my Lawsuit?

Although you don’t need legal representation for your Camp Lejeune lawsuit, a team of experts—such as the Houston injury lawyers at Carabin Shaw—ensures the most favorable outcome for your case. Moreover, our team offers a completely free case review and initial consultation to get you started.

You can call the toll-free number 800-862-1260 to speak with our staff in English or Spanish at any time or day.

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