The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
Evaluating and Understanding
the Benefits with Answers to
Frequently Asked Questions
Ensuring You Understand the “Offset”
The U.S. Government has recently confirmed the troubling news about toxicants at Camp Lejeune, confirming what many have suspected for decades. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act applies to military personnel, their families, and civilians who were exposed to the toxic water supply for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. Exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune has caused multiple forms of cancer, neurological disorders, miscarriage, and death, among other injuries. Since the passage of the PACT Act in August, mass-tort firms all over the country have been saturating the airwaves with advertising offering speedy settlements with no strings attached.
Vietnam Veterans of America and Bergmann & Moore have worked together for nearly 20 years to provide effective legal representation for veterans (at no cost) who have VA disability benefits claims pending in federal court. Since 2010, Bergmann & Moore has successfully represented over 1,100 VVA members and their families in disability appeal claims.
Recently, Vietnam Veterans of America and B&M expanded their long-standing association to include the historic Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
Although the Camp Lejeune Justice Act potentially offers significant benefits to veterans and their families, these benefits need to be carefully evaluated by a firm that understands VA disability benefits, as the law contains an offset.
We are not a mass tort firm. We are VA disability benefits attorneys who have represented Veterans, widows, and families for 19 years.
Bergmann & Moore is working with Vietnam Veterans of America to ensure veterans and their families understand the offset and will work to ensure a CLJA benefit is not accepted before the claimant understands whether (and to what degree) VA disability benefits or care may be affected.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Bergmann & Moore and the Service Project
Q: Is Bergmann and Moore accredited by VA?
A: Yes. Bergmann and Moore is managed by former VA attorneys who are accredited by VA.
Q: Will VA benefits I have received reduce an award under the Camp Lejeune Act?
A: The language of the CLJA indicates that there will be some sort of offset. It’s unclear at this time what that offset will be, however. It appears very likely that an award received under the CLJA will be reduced by the amount of VA disability benefits received pursuant to presumptions of in-service chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune. The extent to which this will happen is unknown, however.
Q: Will an award made under the Camp Lejeune Act reduce my monthly VA benefits payments?
A: The short answer is that no one knows right now. This is our greatest worry, however – in fact it’s why Bergmann & Moore decided we had to be involved in this litigation.
Q: What will Bergmann & Moore do to help prevent my VA and other benefits from being reduced by an award made under the Camp Lejeune Act?
A: Although the offset rules aren’t even known yet, we’re already working with a national firm to create an algorithm to give our clients notice about potential reductions in other benefits they receive. We will also use our experience in VA disability benefits law (we have been devoted to representing veterans and their families for over 20 years) to make sure our clients know of any risks to their current or future VA disability benefits that could occur.
Q: Can I file a VA claim and a (CLJA) tort case?
A: Yes. Bergmann & Moore encourages veterans to file both. To file a VA claim, please reach out to your Vietnam Veterans of America representative.
Q: I have a family member who died at CL. Can I file on their behalf?
A: Yes, survivors and loved ones may also bring suit.
Q: What are attorney fees and costs related to a CLJA claim?
A: We are in support of action by Congress or the Court to reduce the rate that can be charged by any firm. We believe veterans shouldn’t be charged unreasonable legal fees – especially ones with added “costs” that can easily amount to over 50 percent of a veteran’s award. Our legal fee is, therefore, 33⅓ percent. Not only is this fee well below the going rate, but we will charge no costs on top of that fee.
Q: When did I need to have been at Camp Lejeune?
A: August 1, 1953 - December 31, 1987
Q: Who can I contact?
A: Marc McCabe at MMcCabe@vetlawyers.com
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: For more information please visit: CampLejeuneLitigationTeam.com/vva/ or call 727-742-3188.