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How Do Camp Lejeune Lawsuits Actually Work?

You’ve no doubt seen the ads on television, but did you ever wonder how Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits actually work? Our team breaks it down for you.

RPWB has filed its first administrative claims with the Navy JAG, the first step in the litigation process under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. The JAG is tasked with reviewing the initial claim forms. After receiving a claim form, the government has up to six months to make a settlement offer (not likely), reject the claim form as incomplete or deficient, or ignore it altogether (most likely). After the six-month review window has expired, the lawsuit must be filed within 60 days in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

It remains to be seen how the government will handle the administrative claim forms and, specifically, whether it will make reasonable settlement offers. To date, no offers have been made. However, we believe that any settlement offers at the claim-form stage will be low and that most cases will proceed to litigation.  Once cases are filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, we anticipate cases will move to trial and that the government potentially will use these verdicts to gauge values for future settlements. Given the wide swath of illnesses and diseases involved and that the U.S. Government is the defendant, there will be Camp Lejeune litigation specific intricacies and challenges, including Daubert challenges to scientific and medical experts. It will not be a quick process to litigate these claims. We expect at least a three- to five-year time horizon for the litigation to be meaningfully resolved.

In light of these complexities, litigating Camp Lejeune Water Contamination cases will require significant mass tort legal experience. Working with a mass tort law firm with experience representing Veterans and their families will be to your advantage.

RPWB attorneys represent Camp Lejeune water contamination victims nationwide. Due to our firm’s involvement in the leadership of the national 3M earplugs litigation and other cases, we have a wealth of experience with the unique complexities of helping current and former military personnel, including the challenges of navigating complex military and Veteran’s Administration records request processes.

We would be honored to put our experience to work for you.

The main criteria for our Camp Lejeune cases is that the person served, lived, or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987 for at least 30 days and subsequently developed: kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemias, systemic sclerosis/scleroderma, liver cancer, bladder cancer, Parkinson’s disease or major cardiac birth defects. We will also screen additional cancers and health conditions that may have been caused by the contaminated water.

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      With a New Law, Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims Finally Have Legal Recourse

      For more than 30 years, the drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune was contaminated with a cocktail of dangerous toxins linked to cancer, leukemia, Parkinson’s disease and other serious medical conditions. Now after intense lobbying by veteran’s groups and others, victims of Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water have legal recourse for compensation.

      On Wednesday, the bi-partisan Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 was signed into law. This law, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, allows veterans and their family members who developed cancer and other serious conditions to seek financial compensation from the federal government. Victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune will have two years to file suit.

      RPWB lawyers represent Camp Lejeune water contamination victims and are investigating new cases. We are seeking veterans and their family members who spent at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, and developed any of the following conditions: kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, liver cancer, bladder cancer, Parkinson’s disease or major cardiac birth defects. Our firm has a wealth of experience in representing veterans, including serving in leadership of the national 3M earplugs lawsuit. Please contact us for a free, no obligation case review to discuss your new legal options.

      What does this new Camp Lejeune water contamination law actually do?

      With the passage of the Honoring Our Pact ACT, the federal government acknowledges the health effects caused by decades of water contamination at Camp Lejeune and provides compensation to people who developed serious diseases after drinking the water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987. The law allows victims to demand compensation, first in an administrative process and then in Federal Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina if the claim is not settled administratively.

      In addition to the new legal recourse for Camp Lejeune water victims, the Honoring Our PACT Act greatly expands the services provided by the VA to veterans harmed by toxic substances in other instances. Click here to visit the VA website to learn more about the law and new benefits owed to veterans.

      What was in the water at Camp Lejeune?

      For three decades, routine water testing at Camp Lejeune showed unacceptable levels of toxins such as Benzene, Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Trichloroethylene (TCE), Trans-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), and vinyl chloride. These substances are known to cause a host of medical problems, including: kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, liver cancer, bladder cancer, Parkinson’s disease or major cardiac birth defects. Many thousands of people bathed in and consumed this contaminated water while assigned to Camp Lejeune.

      Click here for more information about the source of the Camp Lejeune water contamination.

      How do I join the Camp Lejeune lawsuit?

      Action is required for you to join the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. RPWB would be honored to represent you and your family as we seek compensation for Camp Lejeune water victims nationwide. RPWB’s attorneys proudly represent our current and former military heroes. In addition to our efforts to help people who suffered from health effects caused by contaminated drinking water on Camp Lejeune, our attorneys also represent many service personnel and veterans who developed hearing loss as a result of faulty 3M earplugs. In fact, RPWB serves in leadership capacity of the national lawsuit.

      RPWB is a 2022 U.S. News Best Law Firm and is the top-listed product liability law firm in South Carolina according to Best Lawyers. We have a reputation for successfully handling complex litigation that benefits people harmed through no fault of their own.

      If you or a loved one spent time at Camp Lejeune and developed kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, liver cancer, bladder cancer, Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease or major cardiac birth defects, please contact us without delay for a free, no-obligation case review. You may call us 24/7 at 1-866-639-0366 or fill out the form below.

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