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  • How Long Does It Take to File a Water Contamination Claim at Camp Lejeune?

    Published on July 29, 2022

    Veterans from the United States who consumed Camp Lejeune’s toxic water are now entitled to compensation from the government. If the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is approved, those who satisfy certain requirements will be permitted to bring Camp Lejeune lawsuits.

    A lawsuit against Camp Lejeune might be filed by the affected parties under this law two years after the government enacts the relevant Act. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to provide certain veterans and their families with health care or compensation benefits if they satisfy certain requirements (VA).

    A major unanswered question is how long a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim can take?

    How Long do You Have to Submit a Claim

    The Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers at Dolman Law Group tell us claimants have two years from the date of diagnosis to file a claim via the VA impairment compensation process. To enable VA administrators to assess the level of disability as well as additional incentives due to the claimant, they “just” file their claim and provide documentation.

    Previous attempts to bring a civil lawsuit against the United States government by those affected by Lejeune camp water contamination have failed. Courts have dismissed prior suits because of a North Carolina rule that states that personal damage claims must be filed within ten years of the incident or omission that caused the harm.

    Potential claimants for water contamination were largely excluded from the process by this clause because they frequently weren’t aware of the water pollution or that it resulted in a severe illness until a long time after North Carolina’s repose period of ten years had expired.

    The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, approved by the House back in March as well as the Senate in June, gives Camp Lejeune’s claimants the right to sue the government for not warning the community’s residents and employees about contaminated water.

    The act’s provisions would give claimants two years after a condition was diagnosed and identified as caused by the pollution. For those that are diagnosed, the deadline for submitting a lawsuit is the day the law was passed.

    How Much Time The VA Requires to Take a Disability Suit Into Account

    Currently, according to the VA, it takes up to four months to determine an award for a disability claim starting from when the claim is submitted. The claimant need not take any action besides providing additional requested details about their involvement at an impacted location while the VA reviews the claim.

    The steps involved in submitting a disability claim are as follows:

    • The body in charge will let the claimant know once the VA has got the claim. This notice would appear as a display message if you submitted your claim online. If your claim was sent in through mail, you can expect that the VA would reply with a memo in about a week to inform the claimant that it has been received.

    • The VA shall review the claim initially and request for any necessary supporting evidence.

    • To determine if there are sufficient proofs to show existence at an impacted location, the assessment of an associated problem, and the effect of that problem on the claimant’s capacity to actively work, the VA will review the information provided by the claimant, healthcare professionals, governmental organizations, and others.

    • The claim is finished when the VA produces and mails you a complete claim decision file. This packet contains all the information the VA used to make its decision regarding the claim and the steps the claimant can take to challenge the decision.

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