Kelley Uustal Trial Attorney

Camp Lejeune

Kelley | Uustal is fighting for justice for veterans and their families after five decades of disease and deceit.

Veterans and families were unwittingly using contaminated water for drinking and bathing at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, more than one million individuals living or working at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina were subjected to water contamination, ultimately leading to fatalities, illnesses, and life-changing health challenges. If you or a loved one were on base during the pertinent years, you may be eligible to submit a claim that can provide financial compensation to help cover any medical expenses and lost wages.

What types of health conditions qualify for the Camp Lejeune litigation?

K|U is ready to advocate for you if you were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 for more than 30 days and subsequently experienced any health conditions including but not limited to the following:

Is there a deadline to file my Camp LeJeune claim?

Yes, it is important to remember that you only have until August 10, 2024 to file your claim. This deadline was established by the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) providing veterans and families with a 2-year statute of limitations to submit their legal claims. After this date, victims of Camp Lejeune water contamination will no longer be able to take action for their injuries.

What caused the Camp Lejeune water problem?

Toxic chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), degreasers, and industrial solvents leaked into the ground from various on-base activities and a privately owned dry cleaning business located nearby.

Two water treatment plants — Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace — then distributed the poisoned water to the barracks and various other buildings on base, potentially exposing civilians, service members, and their families.

Camp Lejeune water contamination chemicals include:

  • Benzene
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE), also known as tetrachloroethylene
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Vinyl chloride (VC)

Exposure to these VOCs have been linked to various types of cancer and other serious health conditions.

Have there been any Camp Lejeune settlements?

As of May 2024, there have been 40 Camp Lejeune Elective Option payouts have been accepted, totaling $9.6 Million; however, there have not been any Camp Lejeune lawsuit settlements or verdicts yet, and thousands of legal claims are currently pending.

What factors will be considered to determine Camp Lejeune settlement amounts?

Camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts will vary from case to case based on the unique details of each victim’s story.

  • Length of time spent at Camp Lejeune
  • Lost wages or from being too sick to work
  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Severity of the illness
  • The victim’s age
  • Funeral bills from a wrongful death

What are Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs)?

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) is a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex litigations by consolidating cases and addressing all pretrial procedures in one court.

The chosen district court will oversee discovery and pretrial litigation, ultimately ensuring that consistent rulings follow.

After pretrial proceedings are completed, a few cases that are representative of the issue at hand will be selected for bellwether trials.

What are bellwether trials?

Bellwether trials are a small consolidation of lawsuits, taken from the larger group of similar cases in an MDL, to be tried first.

The bellwether trial is essentially a practice run to help anticipate the results of the future similar cases.

Tell Us Your Story

Have you or someone you love been affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejenue? Our team is skillfully trained in recovering significant damages for clients. Let us help you today.