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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

At Flint Cooper, we are committed to upholding the rights of individuals and their families who have been adversely affected by contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit

At Flint Cooper, we are committed to upholding the rights of individuals and their families who have been adversely affected by contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Between 1953 and 1987, water wells at Camp Lejeune, a US Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, were contaminated with toxic industrial compounds due to poorly maintained waste disposal systems. Many who resided on base during this time reported various health issues, including birth defects in their children, infertility and other serious medical conditions.

The allegations that the U.S. Marine Corps withheld information regarding the contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune is an egregious breach of trust between the Corps and every member of the military that has spent any amount of time on this base.

If you served any amount of time at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, you may qualify for compensation . We encourage you to schedule a free consultation with Flint Cooper at +1 618.288.4777 to discuss your legal options and potential recourse.

Trent B. Miracle
Mass Torts & Product Liability Attorney


Recovered by Flint Cooper attorneys in mass tort litigation

Latest Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Updates

November 2023: The Department of Justice has extended multiple offers to affected families through the Camp Lejeune Elective Option, and the total number of claims filed exceeds 117,000.

October 2023: A master complaint consolidating allegations and facts from all Camp Lejeune lawsuits has officially been filed. The defense has a 45-day window to respond.

September 2023: The Department of Justice has unveiled a voluntary elective payout option, offering compensation between $100,000 and $550,000 to those affected by Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water, contingent on diagnosis and duration of their stay at the base.

August 2023: Nationwide, there have been over 1,100 Camp Lejeune lawsuits and nearly 100,000 administrative claims, with total projected payouts set to exceed $21 billion.

Contamination at Camp Lejeune

The dangerous levels of contamination in the water at Camp Lejeune were first discovered after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted new regulations in 1980. Results from water tests showed that the water on the base was contaminated with incredibly high levels of industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene and vinyl chloride. These contaminants likely came from a combination of chemicals used to clean large weapons, drycleaning waste and leaky underground fuel storage tanks.

While the exact duration and intensity of the exposure at Camp Lejeune is unknown, experts have estimated that upwards of one million individuals have been affected by this contamination.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, there are at least 15 conditions related to exposure to water contamination at Camp Lejeune:

  • 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

This is a non-exhaustive list of related medical conditions, and many other conditions have been linked to exposure to water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Camp Lejeune Justice Act

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a piece of legislation that was passed and signed into law in August of 2022. The bill aims to prevent the United States Government from claiming immunity from litigation related to lawsuits stemming from the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.

The bill also provides victims and their families with a 2 year period in which they can file a lawsuit for injuries related to serving at Camp Lejeune. This means that the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit expires on August 10, 2024. If you or a loved one believe that you have been affected by exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, the time to file a claim is limited. 

How Flint Cooper Can Help

Our legal team is ready to advocate on your behalf and seek compensation for the hardships you have endured. Your well-being is our priority, and we are dedicated to seeking justice for those who have suffered from the negligence of the U.S. Marine Corps. Flint Cooper operates on a contingency basis, meaning you will pay zero expenses unless a settlement is won on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation please call +1 618.288.4777.

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