How to File a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claim or Lawsuit
With the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (part of the PACT Act) in early August 2022, qualifying veterans, family members, and civilian military workers who were exposed to contaminated water at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune can now file claims directly against the federal government. In this article, we’ll walk through how to file a Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim or lawsuit.
You may be entitled to a potentially significant Camp Lejeune settlement or judgment.
Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune is a Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Camp Lejeune’s water supply was contaminated with trichloroethylene (a solvent used by local industries), perchloroethylene (another solvent used by local industries), benzene (a petrochemical that may be present at manufacturing sites), and other harmful substances between 1953 and 1987.
If you were exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and later developed a qualifying health problem, you may be eligible for a Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit or claim.
Riddle & Brantley’s Camp Lejeune lawsuit lawyers are ready to review your case to see if you qualify. Call 1-800-525-7111 today or fill out the convenient form below for a FREE consultation.
There are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation.
Who is Eligible to File a Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Claim?
Anyone who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between 1953 and 1987 and who developed one of the conditions below or another qualifying health problem may file a contaminated water claim:
- Bladder cancer
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
- Liver cancer
- Liver disease
- Lung cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Ovarian cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer (also known as colon or colorectal cancer)
- Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
- Fatty liver disease (NAFLD or hepatic steatosis)
- Aplastic anemia
- Birth defects
- Heart defects
- Immune disorders
- Nerve damage
- CNS cancer (central nervous system cancer)
The recently passed Camp Lejeune Justice Act even allows people whose claims were previously denied to re-file for compensation. So even if you were previously denied, you may still be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune claim or lawsuit.
How to File a Camp Lejeune Claim or Lawsuit
If you have developed any of the medical conditions listed above after exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you will need to file a claim with the VA first.
You will also need to attach a medical report if you have been diagnosed with one of the conditions mentioned above. The Camp Lejeune contaminated water attorneys at Riddle & Brantley can help you file the initial claim paperwork with the government.
“What if My Claim is Denied by the VA?”
There are two important things to know if you file a Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim and it is denied by the VA:
- If your Camp Lejeune contaminated water claim is denied, you have the right to challenge it by filing an appeal.
- If that appeal fails, you will have the right to file a lawsuit against the government. As outlined in the recently passed legislation, these lawsuits must be filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
At Riddle & Brantley, we can handle your Camp Lejeune toxic water claim from start to finish. We have experience handling cases in the Eastern District of North Carolina, and we have offices in Jacksonville, just down the road from Camp Lejeune.
“Do I Need an Attorney to File a Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?”
While you are not required to hire an attorney to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit, there are numerous benefits to enlisting the help of an experienced lawyer to file your claim.
Research has shown that hiring an experienced personal injury attorney results in 3.5x higher settlements on average than claimants who file alone.
Additionally, suing the government can be complex and time-consuming. While the Camp Lejeune Justice Act has made it easier for claimants to get the justice they deserve, there is no way to anticipate the roadblocks each case may face.
Why Riddle & Brantley?
By hiring an experienced personal injury law team like Riddle & Brantley, you’ll benefit from over 225 years of combined legal experience.
Since 2000 alone, we’ve recovered over $665 million in total compensation for injured victims (see disclaimer below).
When you hire Riddle & Brantley to help file your Camp Lejeune claim or lawsuit, you’ll be supported by not just an experienced attorney, but also an entire staff of case managers, paralegals, and investigators — all dedicated to your success.
We want to make filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit or claim as simple and convenient as possible. Our attorneys and case managers are available by phone, email, video chat, and text to discuss the details of your case and guide you through the process of filing your claim. We represent clients nationwide but have close ties to the area — we even have an office in Jacksonville, NC, just down the road from US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
We believe no one should suffer because of someone else’s negligence, and those who have suffered should receive the maximum compensation possible as soon as possible.
At Riddle & Brantley, we treat each client with the respect and dignity he or she deserves, because at our firm, Justice Counts.
Call us today at 1-800-525-7111 or complete the convenient online form below for a FREE consultation and help with how to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim or lawsuit. We would love to help however we can.
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