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Department of Justice Issues Notice Clarifying Camp Lejeune Claim Deadline

Department of Justice issues notice clarifying camp lejeune claim deadline

A Reuters news article from Nov. 10, 2023 cited a U.S. Department of Justice representative as saying that 1,300 federal lawsuits and 117,000 administrative claims had been filed thus far. That number has likely increased since then, especially given all the attention the looming filing deadline for taking legal action has been getting in the media. In fact, the impact of this water contamination issue on servicemembers and civilians’ health has been so widespread that the Department of Justice recently issued a notice clarifying the Camp Lejeune claim deadline.

What Did the Recent DOJ Notice Say About the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Claim?

The latest directive, dated June 1, 2024, stated that the DOJ’s perspective is that August 10, 2024, is the deadline for submitting administrative claims in this matter to the Department of the Navy.

It’s important to note, however, that also in that notice, the DOJ admitted that the Court, which presumably refers to the federal district court judge presiding over these cases in North Carolina, hadn’t yet ruled on some important details that may have an impact on the statute of limitations applicable in Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) cases. That DOJ notice specifically pointed to questions about when and the circumstances under which the filing window would be seen as opening and closing in certain instances.

Background Information on Camp Lejeune Cases

Water contamination issues at the North Carolina Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, persisted for several decades, from 1953 to 1987. Online estimates suggest that as many as 1 million servicemembers, their families, and civilian workers may have been exposed to toxic chemicals, which ultimately caused them to develop cancer and a whole host of medical conditions in the years since.

Steps To Take if Your Health Was Adversely Impacted by Water Contamination

If you’ve received a diagnosis with one of the many different cancers and other health conditions associated with the presence of contaminated water on Camp Lejeune, it’s imperative that you carve out some time to compile the evidence necessary to build a claim right away, especially now that the filing deadline is just over two months away.

What information should you gather? For starters, you’ll want to ensure you have your military records on hand showing you were stationed, resided at, or worked on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune during the above-referenced time frame. Collecting medical records that show your diagnosis and the care you have undergone is also critical in cases like these.

Once you have the records discussed above in hand, you’ll want to consult with a Camp Lejeune water contamination attorney to confirm you have a pursuable claim and to get guidance on your next steps, if so.

At Frost Law Office, PC, we believe in doing everything we can to protect our nation’s veterans. We want to do our part to fight for justice in the form of monetary compensation that you deserve. Reach out to us to learn more about your legal options right away.

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Pictured here with his wife of over 50 years, Scott’s father eventually succumbed to the cancer. Since then, Scott has made it his mission to do everything in his power to make sure corporations understand how dangerous asbestos is and prevent future generations from suffering as his family did, as well as support research that may lead to finding a cure.

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