Has Anyone Received a Settlement in a Camp Lejeune Case?

Since the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed into law last August 2022, the influx of lawsuits for compensation shows no sign of slowing. If you’ve already filed yours, or you’re considering one, you may wonder if anyone has received any settlement in a Camp Lejeune case yet.

Settlement in Camp Lejeune case

To date, there have been no settlements for Camp Lejeune water contamination cases. This is not good news for someone who has been waiting a long time to finally get some kind of compensation. Some estimates put the total collective payout of settlements at $6.7 billion. Individual settlement estimates are currently just that—estimates. The Navy’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) has not yet established a system for settlement distribution, even though the deadline for filing a claim is just 18 months away.

What About Consolidation?

To date, claims are individually filed. Currently, there are more than 15,000 claims already filed, with more cases expected.  It is estimated that thousands more of these claims will be filed before the end of the filing period in early August 2024.

It will be very difficult for the government to litigate every one of these cases. One possibility that is being discussed is the consolidation of all the claims. The federal government and plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently and jointly requested that the court consolidate these Camp Lejeune lawsuits in some measure for both discovery and for the eventual settlement distribution.

The court has not yet responded, but it is widely expected that the court will agree with consolidation. While this will not become a class action lawsuit, it will be similar since the US government will settle the claims more or less at once.

Settlement Amounts

There isn’t a formula to determine what you might receive in a settlement. Some experts are making suggestive estimates based on the type of illness someone might have, but they are just educated guesses.

If you are filing a claim for Camp Lejeune water contamination, you will need to show proof of all the damages you suffered, including:

• Medical expenses

• Lost income/wages

• Lost future wages and earning capacity

• Scarring and disfigurement

• Disability

Because this isn’t a normal type of personal injury case, a settlement may not include pain and suffering like it would be for an auto accident, slip and fall, or other type of personal injury cases.

Camp Lejeune Claim? Contact The Herren Law Firm Today

If you served at or worked at Camp Lejeune and are now suffering a chronic illness, you may have a claim under this act. For more than 30 years, the Herren Law firm has helped veterans and other disabled people with their benefits claims and appeals.  Given the short window to file, we have turned our expertise and resources to Camp Lejeune cases. We have extensive experience dealing with governmental agencies and the claims that are filed with them.

If you or someone you know became ill after being stationed at Camp Lejeune, get in touch with us immediately. You may have a claim. There is a strict deadline of two years to file a claim so do not wait.

We’ve helped over 4,000 people, and we can help you as well. Contact us today by calling (713) 682-8194 or using our online contact form. Our consultation is free, and  it is best to discuss it with us to find out if you may have a claim.

Factors for a Camp Lejeune Compensation Claim

Veterans, family members, and civilian workers impacted by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune are finally able to get justice after nearly 30 years. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act established a two-year time frame for filing for a Camp Lejeune compensation claim. All claims must be filed by August 10, 2024, two years after the signing of the bill into law. 

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Settlements for each Camp Lejeune compensation claim case will be decided based on a variety of factors, including:

• How much time did the person spend at Camp Lejeune during the period of the contamination

• The extent and severity of resulting illness(es)

• How much the person’s life was affected by the illness(es)

• If there was permanent disability from the illness(es)

• If the affected individual will recover

• Total amounts of related medical expenses

• Other financial losses: income, future earning capacity, and potential benefits from employment (health insurance, bonuses, etc.)

• The extent of pain and suffering—physical, mental, emotional—suffered from the illness(es) and subsequent medical treatments

• Loss of enjoyment of life and consortium

• The total impact the illness(es) had on the person’s quality of life, including unexpected damages associated with their conditions

Each claim must have documentation that details the victim’s time at Camp Lejeune and all losses associated with the resulting illness(es).

Death as Result of Camp Lejeune Time

Not everyone who became ill from the water at Camp Lejeune survived their illnesses. In the case of Freshwater vs. the United States of America (7:23-cv-00167), the deceased plaintiff, Mary, lived at Camp Lejeune during the affected period. She gave birth to two children who ultimately died from birth defects in 1977 and 1979 and later suffered a miscarriage. Later, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia herself, Mary passed away in 2013. Her surviving daughter filed the wrongful death lawsuit on February 27, 2023, on her behalf.

Survivors can now file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased, for damages such as:

• All medical expenses that the victim incurred as a result of their chronic illness from the contamination

• Pain and suffering caused by their illness(es) due to water contamination

• Lost income, future earning capacity, including future earnings and benefits, had they survived

• The survivor’s lost inheritance

• The value of the services, companionship, consortium, protection, and care that the decedent would have provided to their family

• The value of the parental guidance, love, and care that they would have provided to their surviving children

• Interest payments on the settlement, initiated at the time of the death of the victim

• Funeral, burial, and other related costs

Contact The Herren Law Firm for Camp Lejeune Claims

If you served or worked at Camp Lejeune and are now suffering a chronic illness, you may have a Camp Lejeune compensation claim under this act. For over 30 years, the Herren Law firm has helped veterans and disabled people with their benefits claims and appeals. With the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, we have shifted our resources and energy to this critical area for veterans and their loved ones. We have extensive experience dealing with governmental agencies and claims filed with them.

If you or someone you know became ill after being stationed at Camp Lejeune, contact us immediately. There is a strict deadline of two years to file your claim, so do not wait to find out if you may have one.  Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (713) 682-8194 or using our online contact form. 

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