Camp Lejeune’s payout disbursement has already begun. Settlement offers are made on a rolling basis from the time of initial case filing. Filed claims may take between 1-2 years to process, and we predict that late 2024 and 2025 will see the largest number of settlements. 

Camp Lejeune lawsuit settlement payout timeline

All Camp Lejeune lawsuits must be filed by August 9, 2024

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What happened at Camp Lejeune?

From 1953-1987, toxic chemicals tainted the water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps Base Camp in the Eastern District of North Carolina. After years of delay, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination lawsuits finally got underway in 2022 with the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

The poisoned water supply at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune has been dispositively linked to the following conditions:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma
  • Major Cardiac Birth Defects

 For a full list of related health conditions, please visit our Camp Lejeune Practice Area Page

What is the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?

According to the Official Website of the US Congress:

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows certain individuals to sue and recover damages for harm from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987. This action is available only to individuals who were exposed to contaminated water for at least 30 days.

Camp Lejeune victims living with cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and other health issues may file a case with the federal government through August 9, 2024. Click here to begin your Camp Lejeune case.

How Much is the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Payout Per Person?

Many people want to know how much to expect for a settlement amount before they begin the claims process. We expect per-person payouts to range between $10,000 and $1 million. Your Camp Lejeune settlement payout amount will vary based on your length of exposure (which must be at least 30 days) and presenting symptoms.

At the time of this writing, we are still in the early stages of case resolution, so these estimates may shift over the next few months. After cases get underway and verdict amounts are recorded, we will have a more accurate estimate of what your case settlement will be.

3 Ways the Navy’s “Elective Option” May Decrease Your Camp Lejeune Settlement

In light of the sweeping harm caused by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune, the Navy’s Voluntary Elective Option was designed to reduce the burden on America’s court system. However, using this process will result in lower settlements than going to court. There are three main reasons for this:

  1. The Navy’s Elective Option prevents you from collecting on your pain and suffering, wage loss, and other damages commonly seen in these cases.
  2. Veterans who have two or more health conditions related to toxic water exposure are only eligible for payment on one of those illnesses (generally whichever one would get the greatest compensation). This leaves money on the table in cases where multiple conditions are present.
  3. In exchange for a faster payout—and no one knows how much faster, exactly—claimants will receive capped settlements. This means that their settlement amount will be determined by a fee schedule and bound by payout limits, not determined on a case-by-case basis.

Put simply: Qualifying claimants could receive compensation in just a few months, but the amounts will likely be low to moderate compared to traditionally filed claims.

IMPORTANT: ALL Camp Lejeune claims must be filed by August 9, 2024.

Contact a Camp Lejeune attorney today to begin the process.

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