If you were present at Camp Lejeune from the 1950s through 1980s, you may have been exposed to contaminated water. Anyone who developed diseases or ailments related to this water could soon have a personal injury claim. Legislation is pending that could open the door to a significant amount of mass tort litigation.
But how do you pursue one of these complicated Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits? You start with retaining the right law firm. Rueb Stoller Daniel is dedicated to fighting for the rights of personal injury victims. Here, we explain a few of the benefits of having legal counsel assist with your claim.
Experienced Legal Representation
Legal experience doesn’t just mean an understanding of the various laws surrounding mass tort claims. It also includes a thorough knowledge of the rules of civil procedure that control the filing and progression of lawsuits. Certain documents, for example, must be filed and properly served on other parties. An attorney will also know the often byzantine rules of evidence that must be followed. Admitting evidence in court is a process, and not everything is admissible.
Developing Expert Witness Testimony
Claims involving water contamination necessarily involve complex scientific matters. In this instance, there are a number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may have seeped into the water at Camp Lejeune. These substances have been connected to the various illnesses that victims have suffered. VOCs include:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
- Mercury and other heavy metals
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Establishing the link between these chemicals and victims’ health problems is no easy task. Judges and juries generally do not have the medical or scientific knowledge to readily understand it. But the case depends on them doing so.
That’s where expert witnesses come in. These are individuals, such as doctors and chemists, with specialized knowledge about diseases and toxic chemicals. Expert witnesses testify in court and explain precisely how, for instance, contaminated water causes certain illnesses.
Such a critical step requires a law firm with a network of dedicated expert witnesses. Rueb Stoller Daniel routinely uses such testimony, and we know how to develop the evidence juries need to decide cases.
Valuing Your Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case
One of the most critical functions of an attorney is putting a dollar value on victims’ injuries. Those who have been harmed by contaminated water may suffer such damages as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
Totaling your losses requires more than, for instance, adding up your past medical bills. Many victims have damages that extend into the future. As an example, if you cannot return to your previous career due to your injuries, you may lose significant amounts of future income.
You should understand that once your case settles or goes to trial, you won’t get to ask for more compensation. Getting the dollar figure right the first time is therefore critical. An experienced mass tort lawyer knows how to value victims’ injuries. We also understand how to use expert witness testimony and other evidence to prove the amount of compensation demanded is reasonable.
Reach Out to Rueb Stoller Daniel Today to Get Started
The Camp Lejeune water contamination cases promise to be significant. With so many lawsuits that are expected to be filed, you simply can’t navigate the legal waters on your own. Let Rueb Stoller Daniel go to work for you. We are actively soliciting victims of Camp Lejeune contaminated water to advise them on their rights now. Give us a call to get started today.