What should I do if I have been exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune?

If you were exposed to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water while serving or living on base for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, you can contact The Ruth Law Team to find out whether you or your family member may qualify for benefits or compensation under the CLJA. 

Exposure to contaminated water alone does not necessarily mean that someone will develop adverse medical conditions or serious diseases. Some of the factors that affect the occurrence of disease in different individuals after drinking or bathing in water contaminated with toxic chemicals include,

  • how long they were exposed to the toxic water supply, 
  • the frequency with which they were exposed,
  • how much of the contaminant they ingested,
  • the person’s age when exposed to the contaminants,
  • the overall health of the person at the time of their exposure to the toxins,
  • and other possible predispositions to disease development.

Reaching out to a law firm with experience representing victims of chemical contamination will enable them to question you about your own detailed service record, your medical history, whether you or your family members have expressed symptoms consistent with an illness that is yet to be diagnosed, and whether you qualify to pursue a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.

If you did serve, work, or live in Camp Lejeune during the relevant period and you have experienced symptoms of ill health for which you have not yet sought medical diagnosis or treatment, you should immediately arrange for a thorough examination by a qualified healthcare provider.

All claims for compensation or benefits related to Camp Lejeune water contamination injuries must be filed within two (2) years from the date the CLJA was signed into law, August 10, 2022. Although the law does provide for limited exceptions in cases where the government failed to comply with a timely response to a claim, no one should plan to file any CLJA claim after August 10, 2024.

If a claimant has not yet sought diagnosis, or if a claim is going to be filed on behalf of a deceased person, gathering the documents and evidence necessary to support the CLJA claim could be time-consuming. Beginning the claim process immediately is the safest strategy to ensure that your claim is properly filed within the timeframe provided by law.

The Ruth Law Team is ready to help you prepare and file your Camp Lejeune toxic water injury claim.