Many current and former Marines, their families, and contracted workers who have lived and worked at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune are learning that there will soon be compensation available for their cancers, Parkinson’s disease, stillborn babies, children born with birth defects, and other injuries now that, decades after damage was done, it has finally become public knowledge that water at the facility was tainted with deadly toxins. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act will allows those who were harmed to receive a lump sum of money for their physical and emotional suffering.
There is no doubt that you’ve probably seen advertisements online, on television, and on billboards by lawyers ready to file claims on your behalf. But do you need a lawyer for a Camp Lejeune cancer claim? And if so, what do you look for?
Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Camp Lejeune Claim?
The long and short answer to this is yes. You do need an attorney to file a claim. We wish it was as simple as filing a form or two and waiting for a check. Unfortunately, getting compensation for cancer and other illnesses related to Camp Lejeune toxic water is not an easy process. Despite the government’s seeming willingness to recognize that it has done wrong, it is not making it simple for those who have been harmed to receive money for their injuries.
The legal process to be compensated is arduous and involves filing certain documents in precise formats at specific times, among other things. Without solid knowledge of the court and its processes, you could risk being barred from filing simply for failing to provide the right documentation at the right time.
You do need an attorney, but fortunately, we are here to help.
Do I have to Pay an Attorney to File a Camp Lejeune Cancer Claim?
No. You do not need to pay a dime up front in order to file a claim. Lawyers like those at OnderLaw and The Overholt Law Firm work on what’s called a “contingency” basis, meaning you never pay a dime out of your own pocket. The only time they recover fees is if and when you receive compensation. Their fees are standardized and are deducted from the amount you recover so that you never have to pay a penny out-of-pocket.
In this particular litigation, we anticipate that the judge will establish a universal fee schedule so that no one pays more attorneys’ fees than anyone else. That means the lawyer you choose can be based solely on their record and their performance. You shouldn’t have to price-shop lawyers hoping for the best deal.
What Should I Look for in a Camp Lejeune Lawyer?
Choosing an attorney is a very important decision. Your attorney can mean the difference between settling for a lesser amount and getting the most compensation possible. Often, smaller law firms refer cases like these to larger firms like ours, primarily because these types of litigations require lots of time, knowledge, and financial resources to fight.
The number one thing you should look for is experience. For decades, we have been fighting big corporations on behalf of the little guy. We’ve taken on Bayer-Monsanto, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, and other giant corporations that have deceived the public about their products and hurt good people. We are proud to have made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people, and to have been a big part of changing the way these companies do business.
We’ve changed the way window blind manufacturers make blinds, drastically reducing window blind deaths and injuries in infants and toddlers each year.
We’ve gotten asbestos-containing talc off of store shelves in North America so that future generations won’t be exposed to this ovarian cancer risk.
We’ve made it so glyphosate-based Roundup off of retail store shelves so that you aren’t putting yourself and your family at risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when you’re doing yardwork.
We’ve helped to take about a dozen dangerous drugs and even more medical and other consumer products off of shelves because they were harming hardworking people and their families.
And now we’re ready to take on the United States government.
What’s Next for Camp Lejeune Lawsuits?
As of this publication, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is still in committee, but it is expected to be passed soon. It has bipartisan support and enough legislators and their constituents are aware of the issue that the government can no longer ignore it.
We helped to draft the Camp Lejeune Justice Act and have been involved since its early days. We paid millions to educate lawmakers on the importance of this act, and we’ll be proud of our efforts when it passes. We’d be even more proud to represent you and thousands of other hardworking people who got more than they bargained for when they signed up to defend our country.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defect, or endured a miscarriage or stillbirth after living or working at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, we can help. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
The Overholt Law Firm, PC, 2505 College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412 in association with OnderLaw, LLC is responsible for this ad. OnderLaw attorneys are not licensed to practice in North Carolina. Any and all potential Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims and causes of action that OnderLaw, LLC may investigate and pursue are strictly limited to federal law tort claims exclusively created under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, and OnderLaw, LLC will not pursue any North Carolina state law claims or causes of action. OnderLaw, LLC attorneys are licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Tennessee, Florida, and California.
The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.