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Can I Switch my Lawyer during a Camp Lejeune Injury Case?


Do you have an active Camp Lejeune water contamination claim, but find that you’re frustrated with the lack of communication from your law firm? Are you unhappy with the lack of action on our case, and have found yourself asking, “Can I switch my Camp Lejeune lawyer?”

Based on the number of calls we’ve gotten from frustrated claimants, we can assure you that you’re not alone. The truth it, there are many Camp Lejeune injury victims out there – perhaps hundreds of thousands – and some lawyers take on way more clients than they can handle. This is clearly a disservice to the victims, who are often left without the advice and reassurance they need. If you are unhappy with the lack of communication and progress in your Camp Lejeune water contamination case, please give us a call at our office. Legal options are available to you, but you must take action right away to avoid unnecessary delays in your claim.

Can I get a New Lawyer with a Pending Camp Lejeune Claim?

“The law firm for my Camp Lejeune case is not getting in contact with me. Can I switch my Camp Lejeune lawyer?”

If you can relate to this statement, it may be time to move your case to another law firm. In fact, you may have thought of this already and done some research on the internet. A lot of sites will tell you that firing your lawyer is a bad idea, and that it can cause all sorts of disruptions in your case. Certainly, we can agree that starting over with a new firm is not the right choice for everybody. On the other hand, you should never ignore signs that an attorney is incompetent or too busy to handle your case. If your lawyer is not calling you back or you can’t get clear answers to your questions, it may be best to find a new lawyer as soon as possible.

As for disruptions that can arise from switching lawyers, that’s not something you have to worry about with us. Our attorneys have a proven track record with litigants coming to us from another law firm. We will handle the entire transfer process from start to finish and ensure that your claim does not suffer from any unnecessary delays.

How can I Fire my Camp Lejeune Lawyer?

Even if you have the right to fire your attorney, you still need to know, “How do I get a new lawyer if I fire the one I have now?”

The first step is to seek guidance from an experienced personal injury lawyer. When clients come to us with this question, we take the time to review what’s been done on their case. Then, we talk about the problems they have with their lawyer and help them decide if finding a new attorney is in their best interest. We can also say from experience that it’s better to hire a new lawyer before you fire your current attorney.

Of course, it’s ultimately up to you which step you take first. If you want to start the process by firing your lawyer, make sure to do it in writing through a formal letter or email. Though you can talk to them in person, it’s easy to get emotional in these situations, which is the last thing you want. In writing, you can clearly communicate your reasons for leaving, and instructions for where to send your case file. So, what is the downside to this method? It may take you a while to find a new lawyer, and there’s no way to make progress with your case in the meantime. You may also have trouble obtaining your case file, or parts of your case file, which can cause further delays. That’s why it’s better to hire a new lawyer before you do anything else. If you’re interested in learning more about this process, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

I need a Second Opinion on Firing my Lawyer

No matter what kind of problems you are having, you should never walk away from a lawyer without careful thought and consideration. Here at DTLA, we offer free, no-obligation second opinions for claimants who are thinking of starting over with a new attorney. The point of this consultation is to review your case and give you an honest assessment of your lawyer’s work. Are they taking the right steps to recover your damages? Are there red flags that indicate a lack of experience or ability to manage their case load?

Knowing this information will allow you to make an informed choice on whether or not to switch your Camp Lejeune lawyer. Your second opinion is 100% free even if you stay with your law firm, so you have nothing to lose by taking some time to speak with us.

Average Case Value for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim

Because the contaminated water supply at Camp Lejeune led to so many different illnesses, it’s hard to say what the average value would be for one of these cases. Certain conditions, like cancer and Parkinson’s disease, are worth more than others due to their lifelong, debilitating effects. These claims may be worth around $150,000 to $500,000 on average. Some cases may exceed the $1 million mark based on the severity of long-term health complications.

Wrongful death claims by surviving family members are also high value cases, due to the losses that are left behind by the decedent. Just the medical costs can run into the 6-figure range, but you have to consider future damages, like loss of expected income, loss of consortium, and loss of healthcare, pension, and other benefits. We expect to see awards of $1.5 million and above for many of these lawsuits.

How long does it take to get Paid on these Cases?

Provided there are no major complications, we believe the majority of these claims can be settled within 6 to 8 months. However, there are many problems we can’t predict ahead of time, and even seemingly minor issues can add months to a case timeline. The extent of your injuries can also affect the settlement process; the greater your injuries, the longer it may take to negotiate a fair settlement. That’s why 12 to 18 months may be a more realistic timeline for victims with serious health conditions. If a settlement cannot be achieved within that timeframe, a lawsuit may be necessary, which can take 2 or more years to resolve.

Is there a Deadline to File my Lawsuit?

There is a two-year statute of limitations for Camp Lejeune water contamination cases, which begins from August 10, 2022 – the signing date of The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. That means your deadline to file a lawsuit is August 10, 2024, whether you are the injured victim or a surviving family member. If you haven’t done so already, please call us right away to initiate a claim. If you are past the statute of limitations, it’s very likely that you will be permanently barred from taking legal action.

Contact DTLA Law Group

Camp Lejeune water contamination victims have waited long enough for justice against the U.S. government. It’s unacceptable that they are left without answers when it comes to their injury case, but this is sadly the reality for many people with an active claim.

When you choose one of our attorneys, you become a part of our family. That means we will always treat you with compassion and empathy. We will take immediate action on your case and work tirelessly to bring you the settlement you deserve. We promise that you will never be left asking, “Why is my lawyer not calling me back on my Camp Lejeune water contamination case?” No matter how long it takes to win your claim, we will be there with consistent updates and clear answers to all your questions.

In addition, you will receive the Zero fee guarantee, which is a contingency agreement that makes all our services free. Our fees are paid by the government along with your Camp Lejeune settlement, so we don’t make a penny unless you do. That means your finances are never at risk, no matter how long it takes to recover your payment. A Camp Lejeune lawsuit attorney is waiting to speak with you, so contact our office without delay.

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What Types of Injuries Are Common with a Defective Seatbelt?

There are many different injuries that will be common with a defective seatbelt accident claim. You can be hurt in your legs, arms, neck and back. Some of these injuries will be serious, and other injuries may require more surgical procedures to help you to heal from the ordeal.

Other injuries from a defective seatbelt include:

  • Chest injuries
  • Lung injury
  • Lumbar injuries
  • Thoracic cage injuries
  • Fracture of sternum
  • Contusion to chest wall
  • Vascular injuries
  • Blunt carotid injury
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Heart injuries
  • Disruption and dissection to blood vessels
  • Broken hip
  • Broken pelvis
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Compression injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Lumbar spine injuries
  • Seatbelt syndrome
  • Damage to spleen
  • Liver damage
  • Damage to bowels
  • Hyperflexion
  • Compression
  • Neck hyperextension
  • Neck injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Spinal fracture
  • Broken ribs
  • Cervical spinal injury
  • Broken limbs
  • Hollow viscus injury
  • Death

The lap section of the seatbelt is meant to keep your body in place during a crash. It is supposed to restrain you by clenching your pelvis into the seat. The other points of contact are meant to keep you in one place, but the seatbelt has to stay in place to provide the protection necessary in an automobile crash. Seatbelt pretensions can take out the excess slack of the seatbelt. This uses the retraction section to keep the seatbelt in place when the car feels it is braking.

If the vehicle decelerates, the pretensioners grip the seatbelt and keep you from moving around in the car. It is as if the pretensioners can “sense” that an accident is coming, and hold you firm to avoid being injured in the upcoming accident. If the pretensioners or any component of the seatbelt is faulty, broken or defective, then the seatbelt unit will not work properly at all. In that event, you can be seriously injured in an accident, because the seatbelt will be ineffective to stop your movements in a car accident.

What Are the Product Liability Issues When the Seatbelt Came Off and Broke Off?

When a seatbelt is defective with a product liability issue, it does not protect you in a car accident. Most individuals who do have a seatbelt on in a crash, are able to be injured or killed less frequently, and thus are able to walk away from the accident with fewer serious injuries. A defective seatbelt will harm you, cause serious injuries during a crash, and can be the reason for a debilitating injury as the result of a car accident.

If a seatbelt stops working during a car accident, you can be thrown from the vehicle during the force of the car crash. If you are thrown from a vehicle because of being unrestrained during a car accident, you can be seriously injured or killed from going through a window in the vehicle from the force of the crash or accident. You can be forced out of the car through the windshield, can be dragged along by the car during the crash, or even become crushed and killed by your car if your body does not clear the path of other vehicles during a serious car accident.

Average Value of a Broken Seatbelt / Seatbelt Defect Injury Accident Lawsuit

The average value of a broken seatbelt case will be from $500,000 to up to $7 million. This is because a broken seatbelt can be the reason that a person is not restrained in a vehicle, at the time of a serious crash. The seatbelt components all work together to keep you safe in a car crash. If any one of these components is broken, defective or not working, then it will negate the seatbelt as a unit and you can be seriously injured in a car accident.

For example, the pretensioners on the seatbelt tighten the webbing or strap, which removes any slack in the belt during an accident with another vehicle. If the pretensioner does not work it will put your life in jeopardy during a car accident. The pretensioner uses the same sensor that is attached to the car airbag. It can sense if there is a rapid deceleration that is caused by a serious collision, and will hold you snug and firm in the event of a car accident. If this component of the seatbelt does not work properly because of a defective part, then the integrity of the entire seatbelt will be compromised. In short, the seatbelt won’t work properly and you will risk being seriously injured as a result.

How Much Do These Cases Settle For?

These cases can settle for anywhere between the amount of $500,000 – $6,5000,000. Your injuries will dictate what the case will settle for, and what final settlement package you will receive for your final recovery compensation package for the case.

What If There Are Seatbelt Failures in Ubers – Lyft – Rideshare – Rental Vehicles – Taxis – Used Cars Purchased – Friends Vehicle – U-Haul Truck, Can I Sue?

If you are in other vehicles or cars and there is a seatbelt defect that causes a failure, you can sue for the resulting personal injuries that you suffer as a result of that accident. You can be seriously injured when a seatbelt fails because of an inherent defect.

Yes, you can sue for a seat failure in:

  • Ubers
  • Lyfts
  • Rideshare vehicles
  • Rental vehicles
  • Taxis
  • Used cars that are purchased

What you need now is time to heal from your personal injuries, and also time to talk to our legal team about your personal injury lawsuit. You can call us at the DTLA Law Group, to talk to a lawyer about your defective seatbelt claim. We will connect you to a knowledgeable attorney who is ready to initiate a lawsuit on your behalf.

You need to talk to our lawyers with experience in managing and winning cases related to personal injuries with a defective seatbelt that unlatched during an auto accident. Call us today to start the process, we are waiting to take your call.

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We offer a zero-fee guarantee every day of the week. That means that you don’t have to pay us any money up front, for us to start your claim and initiate your lawsuit for you. Just give us a call today, and review your case with us for a defective seatbelt that unlatched during an auto accident.

Free Second Opinion

You are able to get a free second opinion from our law office, when you call us at the DTLA Law Group right now. You will feel extremely comfortable talking to an experienced attorney in Los Angeles on our legal team, and you can call us this morning to get the legal advice you need today for a defective seatbelt claim after an accident with serious personal injuries.

Call for a Free Consultation

You are free to call us today for a free consultation, regarding your personal injury claim for an accident that included a defective seatbelt that unlatched during the crash. You can talk to us right now, and we will listen to your concerns. Call today, and don’t delay!


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