You may not know what to do if your water contamination claim was denied, leaving you without benefits or a settlement. However, a water contamination lawyer from our firm can appeal the denial for you and pursue further options for compensation. Our lawyers regularly handle water contamination cases in Illinois, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Michigan, and other regions, so we can handle your case, as well.
What to Do if Your Camp Lejeune Claim Was Denied
Years ago, the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act was passed, which allowed victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination incident to file claims for compensation. However, many of these victims have had their claims denied by Veterans Affairs (VA).
If you’re one of these people, you can appeal the denial with VA, but you may find it difficult to get an approval. VA has very particular criteria to qualifying for benefits. A Camp Lejeune benefits lawyer from our firm can appeal for you, and ensure your appeal shows that:
- You were exposed to contaminated water sometime between 1953 and 1987, or your child was exposed in utero sometime during that period.
- You were stationed at, working in, residing in, or otherwise exposed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Hadnot Point, or another qualifying area for at least 30 consecutive/non-consecutive days.
- You were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurobehavioral effect, a cancer, or another qualifying medical issue; or your child was diagnosed with Leukemia, a major heart defect, choanal atresia, or another qualifying medical issue.
The lawyer could potentially show that a different medical issue qualifies you for compensation. However, your lawyer will have to provide evidence of this, such as your medical records, your service records, and/or any scientific research linking the health issue to in-service exposure.
Suing for Further Compensation
Something else your lawyer can do for you is file a lawsuit for further damages. Your lawyer could do this in addition to appealing your claim denial and securing benefits for you.
Suing is possible now that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 has been passed.
What to Do if Your Flint Compensation Was Denied
Today, many people are pursuing compensation for the damages they suffered due to contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. However, compensation can be denied if claimants don’t fill out the registration form accurately or if claimants can’t clearly indicate they suffered damages (such as lead poisoning or Legionnaires’ disease) that are linked directly to the lead contamination in the water.
If your Flint compensation was denied, one of our Flint water contamination attorneys can help you collect supporting documentation, appeal the decision, and even pursue a second option for compensation. Your attorney will help you sue the government who has recently proposed a settlement of more than $600 million (subject to court approval).
Your Lawyer Will Help You List All of Your Damages for Your Claim or Lawsuit
There may be many damages you haven’t claimed yet simply because you didn’t know you could claim them. Your water contamination lawyer will help you list all of them so you can demand them in your claim and/or lawsuit. Your list could include:
- Medical expenses and any related expenses
- Lost income and any related work benefits
- Physical pain and any accompanying mental suffering
- The cost of new water treatment and/or piping for your home
- Wrongful death damages if a family member of yours lost their life due to water contamination
With your claim and/or suit, you can get monthly benefits, a settlement, and/or a court verdict, depending on your case.
Your Lawyer Will File Your Appeal and/or Lawsuit for You
There’s a great deal of work involved in appealing a claim or suing the government. If you leave your case to one of our lawyers, your lawyer will take care of everything for you, including:
- Determining why your claim was denied and how to approach appealing it
- Collecting evidence for your appeal/lawsuit, including corroborating evidence, such as a written statement from a medical professional
- Ensuring your appeal/suit communicates your qualifications for compensation
- Listing all of your damages in your appeal/suit
- Determining what court to file a lawsuit through
- Completing and submitting the necessary forms
- Negotiating your benefits, settlement, or verdict
- Taking your case to court, if necessary
Additionally, if you have a Flint case, your lawyer can refer you for free testing for lead contamination, or if you have a Camp Lejeune case, your lawyer can ensure VA gave you a fair disability rating.
Contact Us to Learn More About What to Do if Your Water Contamination Claim Was Denied
If your water contamination claim was denied, one of our firm’s attorneys can appeal and even sue for you. Our attorneys fight for people like you every day, including clients with water contamination cases in Illinois, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Michigan. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we’ve been very successful, having recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
We have contaminated water attorneys near you. During a free case review, we’ll tell you more about how one of them can help you. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for your free case review.