How to file a Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim on behalf of a veteran

Michael Bartlett

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on September 15th, 2023

Because many Camp Lejeune veterans fail to seek the financial compensation they deserve while they are alive, their family members can file a wrongful death claim. Still, because the legal process is complex, only a very experienced toxic exposure attorney can help family members file a wrongful death claim successfully.

A wrongful death claim is a claim against a person or entity that can be held liable for a death. In the case of Camp Lejeune veterans, the wrongful death claim is filed with the U.S. government. The claim can be brought by close relatives such as spouses or children. In wrongful death cases, survivors are compensated for the harm and losses they have suffered after losing a family member. The family members of veterans who were exposed to toxic water contamination at Camp Lejeune and later passed away from diseases linked to the contaminated water have the option to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims will be filed under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.

More than one million people who lived at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 were exposed to harmful chemicals in the contaminated military base drinking water and bathing water supply. Our toxic exposure attorneys can help family members whose loved ones were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and later passed away from diseases, health complications, and other medical issues that subsequently developed or were diagnosed file a wrongful death claim. It is important to note that we can only provide legal assistance to the family members of deceased Camp Lejeune veterans who had not sought compensation during their lifetime. These surviving family members of veterans can file a wrongful death claim:

  • spouses
  • children
  • parents
  • siblings

Usually, the decedent's surviving spouse and children, born or adopted, get first priority. Nevertheless, if the veteran left no surviving spouse or children, then their surviving parents, and sometimes brothers and sisters, are usually next in line. If these relatives are not available either, more distant relatives, such as grandparents, uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews, might get priority. Finally, in certain states, if the decedent left no surviving relatives, a domestic partner, or the decedent's financial dependents might be allowed to file a Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim. If you intend to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a veteran, you will have to provide your attorney with the following documents:

  • evidence that the decedent was stationed at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period in the form of military records
  • proof showing they died prematurely from a health condition associated with water contamination in the form of medical records
  • evidence of their death, which must have been the result of a disease related to drinking toxic water at the military base

To provide a full picture of the harm experienced by water contamination victims and caused by toxic chemicals, a skilled attorney will attempt to obtain medical records detailing your loved one's medical care and treatment, as well as military service records detailing their duties. This evidence will help your toxic exposure attorney show how the dangerous chemicals in the water caused your family member's illness. It is not necessary for the veteran to have filed for or received healthcare benefits or disability benefits to file a wrongful death claim based on Camp Lejeune water contamination.

Because the process of filing a Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim is complex and tedious, we strongly encourage you to contact a toxic exposure attorney with years of experience in handling this type of case, as they are the only professional who can successfully help you obtain the money you are entitled to on behalf of your deceased loved one. With over 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims and their family members, our diligent attorneys are ready to assist you in filing a Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim with minimal involvement on your part.

File your Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim with the assistance of our skilled attorneys

Since 1990, our attorneys have been dedicating their endeavors to pursuing financial compensation for toxic exposure victims, among whom are numerous veterans and family members. If you lost a loved one to a disease caused by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune during the last century and they had not received compensation during their lifetime, we might be able to help you file a wrongful death claim. The money you can obtain can help you cover their past medical expenses and funeral costs.

To determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune wrongful death claim, we will only request the veteran's military records, medical records, and death certificate. Once we establish that you qualify for compensation, we will do all in our power to recover the maximum sum of money available for your unjust loss. Because we operate on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay our attorneys anything unless they obtain financial compensation on behalf of your lost family member.