Substantiating Claims and The Camp Lejeune Litigation Process

If a preliminary claim for injuries or diagnoses related to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination is denied by the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Navy’s Tort Claims Unit (TCU), the claim will need to be substantiated. 

Substantiating a claim may turn out to be very difficult for a person to do on their own without legal representation. The process involves proving what is on the original claim, backed up by medical records, employment records, military records, and any other relevant documentation that can give credence to the claim. 

In this blog, we will discuss what goes into substantiating denied or appealed claims and the judicial process for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination claims

Substantiating Claims with the Help of a Lawyer

While this entire process can be completed without the help of a lawyer (pro se), a lawyer will make it much easier to collect relevant information and documents and will simplify the filing process. 

The Navy JAG is unable to answer legal questions and will not pay out compensation amounts higher than requested on the claim form. An experienced attorney will be able to answer any legal questions a claimant may have about the Camp Lejeune filing process and will be able to move your claim to court if any early offers for settlement are not sufficient.

TruLaw is prepared to both file CLJA claim forms and also help claimants secure documents for substantiation and litigation purposes. The information we collect from legal clients can be automatically inputted into the claim form, and our attorneys will follow-up with clients for supporting documents and evidence if needed. 

TruLaw is utilizing the SimplyConvert client portal which provides a safe and secure platform for claimants to submit documents, authorizations, photos, and more. We understand the sensitive nature of our clients’ information and medical issues, and we strive to provide the confidentiality and support they need in these difficult situations. 

What Documentation is Required? 

To substantiate a CLJA claim form, a number of documents may be required. These documents include information relevant to the claimant’s diagnosis, military service, employment, life after the military, and more. 

Within the Camp Lejeune Claims Packet are pages on substantiating information/documents and a lengthy questionnaire. 

The substantiating information form requests documentation and information on the following: 

  • Military employment records (DD214)
  • Location of the claimant’s home at Camp Lejeune and period of time they/their family lived there. 
  • Location(s) of the claimant’s work at Camp Lejeune, nature of their duties, identity of their employers, and specific period(s) of time they worked there. 
  • A copy of the claimant’s outpatient records, the cumulative record of all care provided by military treatment facilities (MTF). These records should be maintained by the MTF at which the claimant last received medical care. If it has been three or more years since care was received at the MTF, the records will be archived. Records can be requested from the following source: 
    • National Personnel Records Center
      9700 Page Boulevard
      St. Louis, MO 93132
  • A copy of all inpatient medical records. If a claimant was admitted to a military hospital, they will need to provide the name of the facility, location, and date when medical care was received. 
  • A copy of all civilian medical records relating to medical care the claimant received, both inpatient and outpatient. 
  • Itemized bills for all medical and hospital expenses incurred or itemized receipts of payment for such expenses. 
  • Any medical opinions stating a connection between each of the claimant’s medical problems and exposure to specific chemicals. The opinion should also set forth the nature and extent of the claimant’s injury, cause of injury, nature and extent of treatment, any degree of temporary or permanent disability, prognosis, period of hospitalization, and any diminished earning capacity. 
  • A statement of expected expenses for any necessary future treatment. 
  • Any other evidence that may have a bearing on either the responsibility of the United States for the claimant’s illness or damages claimed. 

The questionnaire asks 35 questions pertaining to the claimant’s overall history of exposure and how their diagnoses or injuries are related to toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune, as well as a reiteration of the information provided in the initial CLJA claim form.

The Litigation Process for Camp Lejeune Contamination Claims

If a claim is outright denied or if an appeal is denied, a lawsuit can be filed in the U.S. District Court: Eastern District of North Carolina. 

Lawsuits for Camp Lejeune water contamination are expected to be handled much like a multidistrict litigation (MDL) filed against a company. MDLs are consolidations of lawsuits with similar injuries and causation, filed in a singular U.S. District Court for speed and fairness of decisions and settlement amounts. 

The judicial process for mass amounts of Camp Lejeune lawsuits is not yet entirely known. More information on how lawsuits will be consolidated and handled in the Eastern District of North Carolina will be available soon. 

Visit this Webpage for Updates on the Camp Lejeune Contamination Litigation Process

It is still very early in the filing process for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination claims and lawsuits. More information will soon be available in regards to how claims will be handled, the appeals process, what to do if a claim was denied, how lawsuits will be filed and handled, and more. 

Our network of attorneys is affiliated with the leaders of the litigation, Bell Legal Group. SimplyConvert is continuously adapting to the requirements of the CLJA claim form, appeals process, and the subsequent litigation process.