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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Attorneys in New York

The Deadline for Claims is Approaching Quickly

As the aftermath of the Camp Lejeune water contamination continues to unfold, affected individuals continue to seek justice and compensation for their medical conditions and injuries. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act signed into law in August of 2022, has provided a pathway for those who have suffered the devastating consequences of toxic water exposure at the Marine Corps base, to file claims and seek redress.

For decades, victims have tirelessly sought justice. Only now, after years of activism and perseverance, do they finally have the opportunity to attain it. However, time is running out — the deadline to file a Camp Lejeune claim and seek a settlement is August 10, 2024.

Contact us today by completing this form or by calling (212) 684-1880 to learn more about your options and ensure your rights are protected before it is too late.

Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Updates 2024

  • The government has allocated over $21 billion to compensate victims of the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
  • The Department of Justice has introduced an Elective Option (EO), offering victims predetermined compensation based on their injuries and duration of time spent on base.
  • Approximately 1,500 Camp Lejeune lawsuits have already been filed in North Carolina federal court and over 160,000 administrative claims have been submitted.
  • As of February 2024, several families have received $2.5 million in Camp Lejeune payouts, as reported by a joint status report from the federal government and plaintiff lawyers.
  • The court has ruled that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CLJA) does not grant plaintiffs the right to a jury trial for actions seeking relief under the Act.
  • Camp Lejeune trials are set to begin in March 2024.


Who Can File a Claim in the Camp Lejeune Lawsuit?

Individuals eligible to file a claim in the Camp Lejeune lawsuit include over one million people who were present at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and might have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. Eligibility criteria typically require individuals to have:

  • Resided or worked at the Marine Corps Base for at least 30 days between August 1953 and December 1987.
  • Developed an Illness or Medical Condition linked to toxic water.

Potential claimants may include:

  • Military personnel: This includes Marines, sailors, and military staff members who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the periods of water contamination.
  • Dependents: Family members of military personnel who resided at Camp Lejeune during the contamination periods may also be eligible to file claims. This includes spouses, children, and other dependents.
  • Civilians: Civilians who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune during the contamination periods and suffered health issues due to exposure to contaminated water may also qualify to participate in the lawsuit.

Our New York Premises Liability Lawyers can assist victims in pursuing compensation for injuries sustained on unsafe properties, including those affected by Camp Lejeune water contamination.


Elective Option vs Lawsuit Settlement

The “Elective Option” refers to a voluntary process established under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, aimed at expediting the payout of claims related to the Camp Lejeune water contamination. These payouts will range from $100,000 to $550,000 and can be granted in as little as a few months to those who qualify. While the Elective Option offers a faster financial resolution, claimants opting for this route may receive a settlement amount lower than what they could obtain through litigation, depending on their case.

On the other hand, individuals who opt to file a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit and pursue a settlement may encounter a longer waiting period for a payout due to the complexity of the litigation process. However, those who choose this route may be rewarded with higher compensation.

It is essential for claimants to carefully consider the potential benefits and drawbacks of selecting the EO option and seek guidance from our experienced Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorneys before making a decision.


Qualifying Health Conditions

Only specific health conditions qualify for the expedited Elective Option. Cases are divided into separate “tracks” depending on the nature of the health issues involved, with precedence given to those associated with Camp Lejeune presumptive illnesses.

Claimants with Track 1 diseases receive slightly higher settlement awards than those with Track 2 injuries. These tiers are determined by the strength of scientific evidence linking the disease to the Camp Lejeune water.

Trials will involve the following diseases and health conditions:

Track 1:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Liver Cancer

Victims that fall within Track 1 may be eligible for a Camp Lejeune settlement worth:

  • $450,000 for individuals stationed on base for over 5 years
  • $300,000 for those on base for 1-5 years
  • $150,000 for individuals present on base for 30-364 days

Track 2:

  • Kidney Disease/End Stage Renal Disease
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Scleroderma
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Victims that fall within Track 2 may be eligible for a Camp Lejeune settlement worth:

  • $400,000 for individuals stationed on base for over 5 years
  • $250,000 for those on base for 1-5 years
  • $100,000 for individuals present on base for 30-364 days

If your loved one passed away years ago due to a health condition caused by Camp Lejeune drinking water, you can still file a claim for compensation and pursue justice on their behalf.


What Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP Can Do for You

At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, we specialize in handling every aspect of pursuing Camp Lejeune claims on your behalf. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to maximize your compensation and minimize the time it takes to resolve your case.

In the pursuit of a Camp Lejeune settlement, you can expect our experienced NY attorneys to:

  • Gather Evidence: We will collect evidence, which may include medical records to military service documents, to confirm your illness and time spent on base.
  • Submit Your Administrative Claim: With the August 2024 deadline looming, we will ensure your claim is submitted to the Department of the Navy (DON) promptly, safeguarding your right to seek compensation.
  • File Lawsuit: If you do not qualify for or accept the Elective Option, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
  • Negotiate Settlement: Our team will fiercely negotiate with the defendants to reach the largest settlement amount possible for you.
  • Trial Representation: If your case does not settle, we are prepared to fight for you in court during trial.

We are dedicated to securing comprehensive compensation that addresses all your needs, including covering medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Our legal team:

  • Has 50+ Years of Experience: Offering Trusted Legal Advice and Strong Advocacy to People in New York and Nationwide for Decades.
  • Have Secured More Than $2 Billion On Behalf of Injured Clients
  • Charges No Upfront Fees. You Owe Nothing Unless Your Case Is Successful.

Attorney David B. Rheingold focuses on helping those who have suffered injuries due to negligence fight for the justice and fair recoveries they deserve. With Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP by your side, you can trust that your Camp Lejeune claim is in capable hands.


Contact a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Attorney Today

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you secure the compensation you deserve before the quickly approaching August 2024 deadline. 

Schedule a consultation with our dedicated Camp Lejeune Lawsuit attorneys in New York for a free case review by calling (212) 684-1880 or filling out our online contact form.