Law firms have spent more than $145 million to flood the airwaves and internet with ads about Camp Lejeune. Here’s why: The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is expected to pay an estimated $6.1 billion in benefits to veterans and families who were poisoned by water at the base. But those ads often don’t tell the whole story.
Scott Hardy and his team at Top Class Actions are dedicated to keeping corporations and governments from taking advantage of consumers and veterans. He wants you to know there is a lot more to those ads than meets the eye. So, here’s what you need to know about the Camp Lejeune Justice Act that you may not learn in those ads…
1. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is not a lawsuit
Some advertisements make it seem like lawyers won some big lawsuit against the Marine Corps or federal government. That’s not what happened. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a piece of legislation, part of the 2022 PACT Act, which allows veterans and military families to claim VA disability compensation for the harmful exposure to toxic substances they may have been subject to during their service.
Certain drinking water wells were tainted with toxic chemicals—and the Marine Corps knew about the high levels of contamination, at least in part, in the 1980s. Camp Lejeune Justice Act payments are now available to applicable servicemembers and their families.
The legislation authorizes disability payments and health care benefits to certain people who spent 30 or more days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and have one or more symptoms from a list of presumptive conditions.
2. Lawyers can help, but there are other ways to file claims
Veterans don’t need a lawyer to get their Camp Lejeune Justice Act VA benefits. A veterans service organization like the VFW or American Legion can help file a claim, or you can do it on your own. This is an important point Scott Hardy and his team at Top Class Actions want you to know that may not be obvious from those Camp Lejeune ads.
That being said, having a lawyer who is familiar with the benefits and knows how to file the paperwork can make the process smoother and faster, especially if the veteran or their family has incomplete service records.
Hardy has curated a list of highly skilled and well-respected mass litigation law firms in America, many of whom already have Camp Lejeune clients. Top Class Actions can connect veterans and military families to those firms so their claims proceed smoothly.
3. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act applies to family members
Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune during the 34-year time period between 1953 and 1987 aren’t the only ones eligible for benefits. There were many family members and dependents affected by the contaminated water, and they’re eligible as well. That’s why the Camp Lejeune Family Member Program was initiated.
This program stipulates that anyone who spent 30 days at Camp Lejeune, including dependents, regardless of their loved one’s branch or if they were a DoD civilian, might be eligible for benefits if they have any of the presumptive conditions.
Therefore, even though Camp Lejeune ads are targeted toward veterans, it could very well be family members who are entitled to claims.
4. Not everyone will qualify for benefits
Just because you (or a dependent) were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987, you do not automatically qualify for benefits. You must also have a diagnosis of one of the specified presumptive conditions.
Legal assistance from a legitimate law firm who knows the ins and outs of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act can help you determine if you should file a claim. It’s important to have someone on your side who knows what’s available, what you need, and how to get it. Scott Hardy is the son of a Vietnam War veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange during his service. Hardy knows the struggle and he wants veterans in need to get the benefits they deserve.
If you have questions, or would like to know if a lawyer is right for you, fill out a simple intake form on Top Class Actions’ website. If you qualify, a representative from Top Class Actions or one of the law firms with whom they have a relationship will reach out to you to get more information. Top Class Actions and Scott Hardy are determined to help American veterans like Scott’s father get the assistance they need.
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