The JAG reports that over 25,000 administrative Camp Lejeune claims have been filed thus far. All administrative claims become eligible to be filed as a civil lawsuit six months after the claim filing date. However, this is not a six-month deadline to resolve claims, but rather a point in time at which the claimant has the right to file a lawsuit or continue with the administrative claims process. There are now over 800 Camp Lejeune civil lawsuits pending in the Eastern District of North Carolina, with an average of over 20 new CLJA cases being filed each day.
For now, the first step in bringing your Camp Lejeune claim is still filing an administrative claim form with JAG Tort Claims Unit. JAG has started the review process of the initial claim forms, and will likely request military, medical, and other exposure documents sometime in the near future to further review these claims. While there is no estimation on how long this entire process could take, we believe JAG expects to launch an online claim portal sometime this summer and we are hopeful that this system will expedite claims processing.
Shelby Roden was one of the first law firms in Alabama to file claims with JAG Tort Claims Unit and we have the experience and expertise necessary to guide you and your family to a resolution of your Camp Lejeune claim. If you or a loved one were at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, please contact an attorney at Shelby Roden today at 205-933-8383 for a free consultation.