Veterans and others exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune looking to resolve their claims under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) of 2022 are in luck! The Justice Department and the Department of the Navy (DON) recently announced a tiered settlement program to expedite the resolution of numerous claims.
The voluntary process for Camp Lejeune settlements is called the “Elective Option” and provides a framework for the Department of the Navy to resolve certain Camp Lejeune lawsuits quickly, equitably, and transparently. Anyone who has a Tier 1 or 2 injury and submits an administrative claim to the DON is eligible to seek compensation through this process.
The Elective Option will provide an avenue for receiving compensation far more quickly than if the claims go into litigation, which could take years, even decades, depending on the number of claims filed and the number of claimants who elect settlement.
At this time, the following injuries are included within the Elective Option:
|Kidney Cancer||Tier 1|
|Liver Cancer||Tier 1|
|Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma||Tier 1|
|Bladder Cancer||Tier 1|
|Multiple Myeloma||Tier 2|
|Parkinson’s Disease||Tier 2|
|Kidney Disease/End Stage Renal Disease||Tier 2|
|Systemic Sclerosis or Systemic Scleroderma||Tier 2|
Elective Settlement Option Grid
|30-364 Days at CL||1-5 Years at CL||More than 5 Years at CL|
|Tier 1 Qualifying Injury||$150,000||$300,000||$450,000|
|Tier 2 Qualifying Injury||$100,000||$250,000||$400,000|
In addition, claimants who can establish that a Qualifying Injury resulted in death will be offered an additional $100,000.00. The maximum offer will be $550,000.00.
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Below is a chart to help claimants understand this process. This chart is part of a document released by the DON, Public Guidance on Elective Option for Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claims. For those who wish to learn more, the Camp Lejeune Settlement attorneys with Morris Bart are available to discuss your case with you free of charge.
If you served at either Camp Lejeune or the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in New River, North Carolina between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 and have a presumptive condition, you may be eligible for government disability and/or health care benefits, which are in addition to tort damages that may be recoverable under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Attorneys at Morris Bart are available to advise whether you or your loved one are eligible to assert a tort claim and how doing so may relate to VA disability and healthcare benefits.
For a free case evaluation or to learn more about the legal options available to victims of the Camp Lejeune contamination, call us at (800)537-8185. The experienced mass tort attorneys at Morris Bart are ready to assist you. Contact us today!
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