By Treven Pyles
Posted on June 18th, 2023
As more and more people are filing Camp Lejeune water contamination claims, scammers have also begun to issue false settlement claims to obtain money from toxic exposure victims and their families. Being aware of how scammers operate is essential to protect your financial resources and avoid falling into this dangerous trap.
So far, law firms and marketing agencies have spent over $40 million advertising Camp Lejeune lawsuits. With such tremendous sums of money being spent to raise awareness of the victims of Camp Lejeune, scammers are exploiting the lawsuit and its plaintiffs. The way the scam usually works is that a toxic water exposure victim receives a phone call or e-mail informing them that they can claim a settlement, ranging from a few thousand to a few million dollars.
To claim the alleged compensation from the Camp Lejeune class action settlement, victims have to follow a link or call a phone number. However, following these instructions can result in many negative events, including downloading malware, having your personal information stolen, and being asked for "filing fees" that never end. To avoid falling victim to the Camp Lejeune scams, you should follow these precautionary steps:
No attorney will promise you a quick cash settlement without even reviewing your case, as this is the only way they can give you a rough estimate of the financial compensation you might be entitled to. Furthermore, no attorney will contact you without you having sought their legal assistance in the first place, so if you are not currently working with a toxic exposure attorney, you should never answer e-mails promising you a Camp Lejeune settlement, and you should immediately hang up if someone calls you and tells you that you are eligible for compensation.
The Better Business Bureau is seeing a huge increase in phishing scams in the form of texts, e-mails, and social media posts claiming to help Camp Lejeune veterans and family members. A recent study found that active-duty military members are 44% more susceptible to scams than the general population. Veterans may be vulnerable to a wide range of scams, including one in which scammers pose as third parties claiming they can execute the benefits process on behalf of the veterans. Trusting veterans pay the scammers or offer them personal information, and the scammers then disappear.
There have also been misleading commercials that make it seem as though it will be easy for veterans to get money. The ads have been on TV, radio, online, and through direct mail. Veterans may not be eligible for any compensation. Still, these ads give them false hope. In the worst cases, veterans who do not have a legitimate claim are losing money in attorney fees. Veterans should be wary of anyone contacting them and claiming to be from the VA, whether by phone, e-mail, or text message, especially if the person asks for personal information. Rather than reply to unsolicited messages, the veteran should go to the VA website's contact section and initiate the communication.
In the same vein, veterans and family members who intend to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure claim should only work with a reputable attorney whose main practice area is toxic exposure and who has been handling these cases for at least a decade. Moreover, individuals seeking compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act should only choose the services of law firms that work on a contingency fee basis. This way, they will not have to pay anything unless their attorney obtains compensation for them, in which case the attorney will keep a percentage of it in exchange for their services. Working with inexperienced attorneys will most likely result in failure to recover compensation or getting considerably less money than you are entitled to.
With over 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims, our attorneys have the necessary resources and knowledge to help you file a Camp Lejeune water contamination claim. To initiate the legal process, veterans only have to give us a call and subsequently provide us with their military records, which they must retrieve, and their medical records. Family members who intend to file a claim will need to submit evidence of their stay at the military base along with their medical records.
After a thorough evaluation of your situation, we will let you know if you have a case. Eligible individuals will promptly have their Camp Lejeune water contamination claims filed, especially if they struggle with cancer, as we prioritize veterans and family members. If you are too ill to participate in the legal process, you can have a family member help you, and our compassionate team will also go to great lengths to accommodate you. Eventually, if our endeavors are fruitful, you will obtain the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis.