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The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 will allow Marines, family members, and anyone who lived on the base from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987 who were exposed to toxic water to participate in the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Settlement. Fill out the online form or call DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, at (800) 511-8500 (Toll-free: 24 hours a day) to see if you qualify.

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Camp Lejeune Justice Act

To qualify for financial recovery and compensation, you must take affirmative action.

Over one million people worked and, more importantly, lived at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987. During that time, Marines and their families were exposed to toxic drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other harmful chemicals. Many of these chemicals were found throughout the Camp Lejeune military base at levels ranging from 240 to 3,400 times the level permitted by all accepted safety standards. In 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) produced their findings with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) report, concluding that the water had been contaminated for over three decades.

Tragically the Camp Lejeune Toxic Contaminated Water significantly increased the risk of cancers, adverse birth outcomes, and other negative health conditions among individuals exposed to it. With the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, the government has finally accepted and admitted responsibility for exposing Marines and their family members to toxic chemicals and solvents that are directly linked to multiple Cancers, congenital disabilities, serious health issues, and many wrongful deaths, but the government is not going to send you a settlement package or a benefits application!

The only way that you or a family member can become eligible for financial compensation is to take the following steps to ensure that you or a loved one finally obtain some level of justice and compensation some 30 years after the fact.

Step 1

1)  Provide Documentation That You Were There. Did you or a family member work or live at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River between 1953 – 1987 and reside on base for at least 30 days? To qualify, you must be a Veteran, family member, or contractor who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River for at least 30 cumulative days between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.

 

Step 2

2)  Provide Documentation of Your Illness. Have you or a family member been diagnosed with cancer, a neurological disorder, or other illnesses believed to be caused by toxic contaminated drinking water from Camp Lejeune? Please see the list of qualifying medical conditions below.

Primary medical conditions and illnesses linked to this exposure include:

  • Leukemias
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis/Scleroderma
  • Major Cardiac Birth Defects
  • Kidney Disease

Additional health conditions linked to this exposure include:

Esophageal Cancer Lung Cancer
Breast Cancer (Male & Female) Bladder Cancer
Brain/ CNS Cancer Rectal Cancer
Prostate Cancer Pancreatic Cancer
Kidney Cancer Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Multiple Myeloma Hepatic Steatosis
Renal Toxicity Miscarriage
Female Infertility Neurobehavioral Effects
Scleroderma Major Fetal Malformations
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Fetal Death
Thyroid Cancer Gallbladder Cancer
Cervical Cancer Intestinal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer Bile Duct Cancer
Ovarian Cancer Spinal Cancer
Hodgkin Disease Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Appendix Cancer Birth Defects
All Other Unlisted Cancers

All who have suffered as a result of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune deserve justice. You or a family member must take the above steps to be considered for financial compensation.

Note: When submitting your application, list one or more of the probable Camp Lejeune ailments and attach supporting documentation (such as a doctor’s report or test findings).

It has been reported that for over three decades, over 70 different carcinogenic chemicals leaked into the groundwater via on-base industrial activities, on-base waste disposal sites, an off-base dry-cleaning facility, and underground storage tanks, causing exposure to a combination of TCE, PCE, DCE, Vinyl Chloride and Benzene.

Why do I Need an Attorney? Do I qualify for a Camp Lejeune Toxic Contamination Claim?

You have probably been bombarded with advertisements on television, online, and in publications by lawyers ready to file a claim on your behalf. But do you need a lawyer for a Camp Lejeune cancer claim? And if so, what qualities and qualifications do you need for your team of lawyers to ensure that you achieve top compensation?

The long and short answer to this is yes. You do need an attorney to file a claim and file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit on your behalf. Even though the government has all but admitted responsibility, we still need to satisfy the burden of proof or provide evidence “sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship exists or is at least more likely than not between the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination and the harms sustained.”

Several legal steps are required to satisfy the legal process to be compensated, including filing certain documents in precise order and formats at specific times.  If you are not licensed in the Eastern District of North Carolina and familiar with its processes, you could risk being barred from any recovery for failing to provide the right documentation at the right time.

Call today or fill out the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Form. Call us Toll-free 1-800 511-8500 – 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

How much do I need to Pay a Camp Lejeune Attorney?

You do not pay us anything upfront to file a claim and lawsuit on your behalf. Contingency Fee lawyers, like ours at DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, only recover funds from our clients if we win your case.

The only time we recover fees is if and when you receive compensation. Our fees are standardised and are deducted from the amount you recover so that you never have to pay a penny out-of-pocket.

As experienced North and South Carolina lawyers licensed in the E.D.N.C., we are prepared to file individual lawsuits on your behalf to obtain your optimal outcome.

What Should I look for in a Camp Lejeune Lawyer?

Choosing your team of attorneys is a very important decision, and it can make the difference between settling for a lesser amount and getting the most compensation possible for your case.

For 30 years, DeMayo Law Group, PLLC has handled catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death single-event cases in North and South Carolina.

Nationally, DeMayo Law Offices has been actively handling Mass torts cases and fighting big corporations like Bayer-Monsanto, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, and other large corporations that have produced defective and dangerous products for over 20 years. We continue working on several active Mass Tort cases, including Zantac, 3M, Boy Scout Sex Abuse, Roundup, Paraquat, Hernia Mesh, and other defective products and dangerous drugs.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022  specifically requires and restricts all Camp Lejeune lawsuits to be individually filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (E.D.N.C). Each lawsuit will remain an individual claim.  While some lawyers predict that these cases will be consolidated like an MDL (Multi-District Litigation), based on our experience and knowledge of the North Carolina Court system, we don’t think it is a likely outcome and plan to handle and file thousands of individual cases.

Specifically for this litigation, we have created a law firm that will exclusively handle Camp Lejeune cases. By developing DeMayo Law Group, PLLC, an infrastructure of 106 North Carolina lawyers (E.D.N.C), paralegals, and medical professionals, we have the right team to handle your case through to litigation. While we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to handle these cases, we also have North Carolina requirements needed to file individual lawsuits.

Call today or fill out the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Form. Call us Toll-Free at 1-800 511-8500 – 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Why do I need a North Carolina Lawyer Filing my Individual Lawsuit in the Eastern District of North Carolina?

Most Mass Torts, or ‘MDLs’ (Multi-District Litigation) as they are commonly referred to, are subject to techniques and mechanisms that allow many large national Plaintiffs firms to consolidate their efforts and resources to help the common good. Law firms share their resources and knowledge to aid all individuals making claims. While these are common and have been employed with different degrees of success in Roundup, 3M, Boy Scout Abuse, Talc, and other ongoing litigation, Camp Lejeune Litigation is different.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 specifically limits the remedies to individual lawsuits in the E.D.N.C. We are North Carolina lawyers who have practiced and lived in this state over 30 years. We understand and recognize the state and local rules and know what will be required to litigate these cases.  DeMayo Law Group, PLLC, a multistate law firm, has a dedicated group of over 106 North Carolina lawyers, paralegals, and medical professionals to provide the best possible outcomes on each individual North Carolina Case. Our goal and objective are to focus on delivering exceptional results and verdicts for Marines and their family members so we positively impact this litigation for all claimants.

There are 5 Main Elements to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, there are five main requirements that veterans and their family members need to meet in order to file a successful claim.  These requirements are:

  1. Exposure to Contaminated Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune During the Relevant Time Period

Compensation is available to veterans, family members and individuals dealing with the effects of water contamination at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987.  Claimants must establish that they (or their loved ones) were exposed to contaminated drinking water for at least 30 days during the relevant time-period.

  1. A Cancer or Health Condition Linked to the Contaminated Toxic Drinking Water Exposure

Unlike the disability benefits that are currently available through the VA, compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is available to anyone who can establish ‘one or more relationships between the water at Camp Lejeune and the harm’ they or their loved ones have suffered through toxic exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. This broad language is intended to maximize the number of individuals and families eligible for health and disability benefits under the new law. Some examples of medical conditions that have been linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination and some of the toxic water-related diagnoses at Camp Lejeune include but are NOT limited to:

Primary medical conditions and illnesses linked to this exposure include:

  • Leukemias
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Systemic Sclerosis/Scleroderma
  • Major Cardiac Birth Defects
  • Kidney Disease

Additional health conditions linked to this exposure include:

Esophageal Cancer Lung Cancer
Breast Cancer (Male & Female) Bladder Cancer
Brain/ CNS Cancer Rectal Cancer
Prostate Cancer Pancreatic Cancer
Kidney Cancer Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Multiple Myeloma Hepatic Steatosis
Renal Toxicity Miscarriage
Female Infertility Neurobehavioral Effects
Scleroderma Major Fetal Malformations
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Fetal Death
Thyroid Cancer Gallbladder Cancer
Cervical Cancer Intestinal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer Bile Duct Cancer
Ovarian Cancer Spinal Cancer
Hodgkin Disease Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Appendix Cancer Birth Defects
All Other Unlisted Cancers

It has been reported that for over three decades over 70 different carcinogenic chemicals leaked into the ground water via on-base industrial activities, on-base waste disposal sites, an off-base dry-cleaning facility and underground storage tanks causing exposure to a combination of TCE, PCE, DCE, Vinyl Chloride and Benzene

Any other unlisted cancers.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any serious medical condition that you believe may be linked to contaminated water exposure at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you should contact us  about your legal rights.

Call today or fill out the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Form. Call us Toll Free 1-800 511-8500 – 24 hours a day / 7 days

  1. Filing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 only allows claims to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Victims outside the Eastern District must file in this court’s Southern Division.  DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™,  has offices in Charlotte, Monroe, and Hickory, North Carolina, with locations opening soon in Raleigh and Jacksonville, North Carolina. We can represent clients both locally and nationally. If you have a Camp Lejeune Toxic Contamination Case, we can help you, and can arrange for you to speak with a member of our Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Team as soon as possible.

  1. Filing Within Two Years is Required (In Most Cases)

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 includes a statute of limitations for toxic water contamination claims. The statute of limitations is two years from the date of the statute’s enactment. Additionally, before filing a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit, an individual must exhaust his or her administrative remedies.  Once an individual receives a final administrative denial, he or she then has 180 days to file in court.  This 180-day rule applies even if the two-year limitations period has expired.

A prior version of the bill included an additional two-year statute of limitations that would have allowed claims to be filed two years after the date of discovery of a contamination-related medical-condition – if the discovery occurred after the date of enactment.  However, this has been removed in the 2022 version.  As a result, unless the law is amended, all claimants will be subject to the same two-year limitations period.

  1. Meeting the Burden of Proof – Presumptive Service Connection

To recover compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, individuals and families must present evidence that is either:

  • ‘Sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship exists;’ or
  • ‘Sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship is at least as likely as not.’

In other words, simply filing a claim is not enough. Claimants will need clear evidence to receive compensation, which may include studies, medical records, and various other forms of documentation. Claimants will also need evidence that proves the long-term costs of their (or their loved ones’) medical conditions.

Call today or fill out the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Form. Call us Toll-Free at 1-800 511-8500 – 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

FAQs: Filing a Lawsuit Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

Who is Eligible for Compensation through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022?

You may be eligible for compensation through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act if:

  • You or a family member served, worked, resided, or were otherwise exposed (including in utero exposure) to water at Camp Lejeune for 30 or more days between August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987; and
  • You or a family member was diagnosed with cancer OR any of the below-listed conditions months or years after living or working on the base; or
  • You or your child was diagnosed with congenital disabilities or other major fetal malformations, or your child died shortly after birth; or
  • You are a woman who miscarried a pregnancy during or immediately after your time on base or suffered infertility.

What If a Potential Claimant Has Already Died?

Deceased individuals, regardless of how long ago they passed away, can also qualify for a claim through their family and/or representative.  Their family may still recover if the death was related to the contaminated water.

One example of the damage that was done by Camp Lejeune contamination is Janey, a girl who grew up on the base and died of cancer at age nine.  The Janey Ensminger Act, which is one of several government measures passed since the link between these illnesses and the contamination was established.If you believe you or a loved one qualifies for benefits but were denied your benefits, it may be time to seek the help of a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer at DeMayo Law Offices. If we review your claim and determine that you qualify for benefits, we will fight to get you the compensation you need to cover your expenses.

Helpful Information to gather for dependents or residents includes:

  • Legal documentation that you are a veteran’s dependent (i.e. marriage or birth certificate)
  • Evidence of your residency at the base between 1953 and 1987 (this can include tax forms, military orders, housing records from the base, etc.)
  • VA Form 10-10068b: Camp Lejeune Family Member Program Treating Physician Report (your doctor must complete this)

In addition, you need to prove that you have medical expenses associated with a qualifying condition.  Usually, this means that you must show medical records for the applicable dates.

What Medical Conditions Does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 Cover?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 covers all medical conditions linked to contaminated drinking water exposure.  This includes cancers, neurological conditions, infertility and miscarriages, and myelodysplastic syndromes, among many others.

Can I File a Claim Under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 if I Already Received VA Disability Benefits?

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act provides for lump sum compensation regardless of any other benefits you receive.  Taking advantage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act will NOT affect your other benefits.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer to File a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit?

It will cost you nothing in attorney’s fees or expenses to file a claim unless we recover for you. Our firm handles all claims involving water contamination at Camp Lejeune on a contingency fee basis.  This means you will never receive a bill for our services. You will only pay an attorney fee if we recover for you on your claim.  In any case, you will not have to pay anything out of pocket, and we will only collect a fee once we recover just compensation.

What Chemicals were in Camp Lejeune Water?

The pollutants identified in Camp Lejeune water include:

  • trichloroethylene (TCE) – solvent used for cleaning munitions
  • tetrachloroethylene (PCE) – solvent used in a nearby dry-cleaning facility that cleaned millions of uniforms
  • vinyl chloride (VC) – The chemical that results when TCE and PCE degrade in groundwater
  • benzene – used to make chemicals found in plastics, resins, and nylon and other synthetic fibers

These chemicals are colorless and deadly, and they should never be consumed.

Why didn’t the Department of Defense / VA Fix the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Problem?

Many people, including veterans’ organizations that have been fighting for justice for Camp Lejeune Marines for decades, insist that the military knew of the pollution for many years before it quietly began closing the most contaminated wells in the mid-to-late 1980s.  Moreover, many insist that, even after that time, contamination persisted in some active wells.  There is reason to believe this is unfortunately true.

What Are the Expected Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Settlement Amounts?

Generally, we tell clients to stay away from attorneys that give them estimates on the value of their cases because there are so many unknown factors at the onset of any case. The ability to know the value of any case at the start of any Litigation is akin to predicting the future. Factors that will impact the values of the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit claims can include Cancer type or types, the length of the treatment or suffering, the documented Health Care and Family impact, the ‘Damages’ connected to the health concerns, pain and measurable suffering, and the implications for family members in the case of Wrongful Death claims.

Call today or fill out the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Form. Call us Toll Free at 1-800 511-8500 – 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

While we can’t predict the future, several of the lawyers responsible for passing the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, are on record for predicting average settlement amounts on Camp Lejeune Cancer Cases of between $167,323.00 – $575,000.00 as the average.*  Remember this is only an estimated value from one group of lawyers. Our team of dedicated North Carolina Attorneys will not and cannot predict or guarantee results on any future claims but will seek to obtain the best results for everyone we represent!

Reach Out to DeMayo Law Group, PLLC – Your North Carolina Law Firm™ – Today

Our dedicated team of experienced, compassionate, and hard-working attorneys will get you the compensation you deserve.  DeMayo Law Group, PLLC has the skills to help you and your family.

Call us right now.  We would love the opportunity to discuss your case and see what we can do for you.  Call today or fill out the Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Contamination Lawsuit Settlement Form. Call us Toll-Free at 1-800 511-8500 – 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

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