BENEFITS FOR VETERANS

Since 2017, veterans have been able to file a claim for VA disability compensation related to their Camp Lejeune service. With a Camp Lejeune-related condition and 30 days (consecutive or cumulative) of Camp Lejeune service, VA will presume that their condition is related to Camp Lejeune contaminated water. From there, VA will grant service connection and assign a VA disability rating based on the severity of the veteran’s condition.

 

Veterans can also pursue compensation through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, explained below. Our experienced Veterans Disability team can help any veteran with their VA disability compensation benefits, including Camp Lejeune-related conditions. Contact us today for a free case evaluation!

INJURIES & DISEASES

Exposure to this contaminated water has been linked to an increased risk of multiple adverse health effects, including but not limited to: 

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Leukemia 
  • Aplastic Anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity 
  • Scleroderma
  • Miscarriage
  • Female infertility 
  • Hepatic Steatosis (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
  • Parkinson’s Disease

In addition, children born to mothers who drank the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were four times more likely to develop birth defects, such as spina bifida. Further, these babies had a slightly elevated risk of childhood cancers.

FAQs About Your

VA Disability Claim

Can I receive VA disability compensation and continue to work?
In the Social Security disability system, in order to receive benefits, the standard is, "you are not capable of any form of gainful employment.” Unlike Social Security Disability, you can work while receiving VA disability compensation. Your VA disability benefits is based on how your service-connected disabilities impact your ability to work.
Can I receive VA disability compensation and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time?
Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) does not have a barrier to net worth or income provisions. Regardless of the home, the vehicle you own, or investments you've made - or alimony or pension from previous employment, this would not prohibit you from receiving SSDI. Similarly, this would not prohibit you from qualifying and receiving VA disability benefits. Even if you were to qualify for a 100% TDIU rating, you would still qualify for SSDI benefits either under the SSDI guidelines or the VA Disability guidelines.
How long will the VA take to decide my disability case?
The average length of time to adjudicate any claim or appeal depends on many factors, including the type of appeal or claim, the Regional Office, the number of disabilities to decide, any necessary development, and the overall complexity of the case. Cases in the VA’s legacy appeal system can take years. In contrast, the VA has set the following timeliness goal for adjudicating AMA appeals:
  • Supplemental Claims: within 125 days
  • Higher Level Review: within 125 days
  • Board of Veterans’ Appeals – Direct Review Docket: within 365 days
  • Board of Veterans’ Appeals – Evidence and Hearing Docket: over 365 days
Do I have to hire a Veterans Disability lawyer?
No, the VA does not require you to hire a lawyer for your appeal. However, remember that the VA also unfairly denied your benefits. Statistics show that veterans with representation receive more benefits, faster. The Veterans Disability attorneys at Rob Levine & Associates know the law as well as the ins and outs of the VA system. When you combine an experienced, knowledgeable Veterans Disability attorney with a veteran who can assist by explaining the details of the facts of a case, there is no better team to help you get the disability benefits that you deserve.
How to File a Camp Lejeune Cancer Lawsuit
At Rob Levine & Associates, we work for you.  As a Veteran-owned law firm, we strive to ensure that filing a lawsuit is stress free for you and your family.  If you have a case, our attorneys will handle each step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and recovery.   Our claims process includes: 
  •  A free consultation to determine your eligibility.
  • Building a strong case with medical records, testimony, and evidence.  
  • Filing the lawsuit on your behalf
  • Negotiating water contaminations settlement amounts with the defendant.
  • Presenting your case in court if needed.
And, there are no up-front or out-of-pocket costs to you.  Our attorneys only get paid if you do, so there is no financial risk to filing a claim with our team.
What does a Veterans Disability lawyer do?
An effective attorney can put you in a position to win your appeal the first time around, saving you years of disappointment and frustration. Veterans’ claims often get caught in a cycle of denial, appeal, remand, denial, appeal, remand, denial, appeal, remand, and so on. An experienced attorney can effectively present the law and the facts to the VA the first time around, which in many instances gets veterans their disability benefits faster. When you choose our dedicated team of experts at Rob Levine & Associates to represent you, we take an all-hands-on-deck approach to win your case. As part of our proven process, our team will:
  • File your appeal with the VA;
  • Construct a personalized evidence development plan tailored to each claim;
  • Perform cutting-edge service record and medical research;
  • Draft a comprehensive legal brief in support of your appeal; and
  • Routinely follow up with you to provide an update on the status of your case.

THE CAMP LEJEUNE JUSTICE ACT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPENSATION

Rob Levine & Associates is investigating cases of individuals who were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals at Camp Lejeune and have been diagnosed with cancer or a serious medical condition. Veterans, family members, and contractors may be eligible for compensation, whether you already collected VA benefits for this injury or not.

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