Meet Attorney Chris Czaplak

Former Navy JAG

Co-Founder of Homefront Law

Chris Czaplak graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Russian.  Chris completed the Navy’s nuclear power training program and served on the nuclear attack submarine USS OLYMPIA in Pearl Harbor, HI, where he a Western Pacific deployment.  He then earned his law degree in 2009 through the Navy’s Law Education Program at American University, Washington College of Law.  Chris spent the rest of his Navy career as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served multiple tours as a defense attorney and prosecutor at duty stations all over the world. In 2019, Chris was designated a Military Justice Expert, the Navy’s highest litigation qualification. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, California, and Arizona.

Chris chose to pivot to the private sector after retiring from the Navy and earned his MBA from UCLA in 2022. While in private practice, Chris stayed engaged with the veteran community by providing pro bono legal services. As Chris learned more about the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, he felt compelled to do something to level the playing field for sick Marines and their families.  Chris formed Homefront Law to offer veterans a trusted, fair alternative so they can be made whole for the suffering Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water caused. Chris is committed to donating a portion of his reduced legal fees to Veterans Village of San Diego to address veteran homelessness and its root causes.

Don’t Compromise When It Counts Most

Veterans Fighting for Veterans

Homefront Law was created to help veterans in need

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Veterans

Founded and run by veterans, military spouses, and other patriots.

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Professional

We are on a mission to help injured veterans.

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Experienced

Attorney Czaplak's deep military and legal experience is what veterans need.

You Are Not Forgotten

Homefront Law is our passion project, a law firm that embodies our commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans affected by toxic exposure. With 20 years of experience in the US Navy, we intimately understand the unique challenges veterans face when grappling with the health consequences of hazardous substance exposure during their service.

At Homefront Law, our dedication to veterans is unwavering. We have honed our expertise in advocating for veterans’ rights, tirelessly working to secure compensation and benefits for those who suffer from illnesses linked to toxic exposure.

Our legal team combines in-depth knowledge of military protocols, government regulations, and legal expertise to ensure veterans receive the support they rightfully deserve. We navigate the intricate legal landscape, leveraging our years of experience and unwavering commitment to serving veterans to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

By providing comprehensive legal representation, we empower veterans to regain control of their lives and access the resources they need to address their health challenges. At Homefront Law, we are proud to lead the charge in advocating for veterans’ rights, ensuring that those who have selflessly served our nation are not forgotten.

We Will guide You Every Step Of The Way

Rest assured, our dedicated team will be by your side, offering unwavering support and expertise throughout your journey.

Important Things You Should Know

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a United States federal law enacted to provide healthcare and compensation benefits to military personnel and their family members who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina. The contamination at Camp Lejeune resulted from various hazardous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds and industrial solvents, which leached into the base’s drinking water supply from the 1950s through the 1980s.

The Act, signed into law in 2012, acknowledges the health risks associated with this exposure, which include various cancers, neurological disorders, and other serious medical conditions. It provides medical care and disability compensation to eligible individuals who developed certain specified illnesses due to their exposure to the contaminated water.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act ensures that affected military personnel, veterans, and their families receive the necessary medical treatment and financial support to address the health consequences of their exposure to the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. It reflects the government’s commitment to addressing the consequences of environmental contamination on military bases and assisting those who have suffered as a result.

The Elective Option for Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claims, or EO, is a voluntary framework established by the Department of the Navy and the Department of Justice to handle claims made under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA). This option is available for individuals who have pending administrative claims or newly filed claims related to health issues caused by exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. The EO aims to expedite the resolution of these claims more efficiently than through traditional litigation, which can involve complex legal and factual issues.

Key points regarding the Elective Option for Camp Lejeune Justice Act Claims include:

  1. Eligibility: The EO is open to individuals with “Qualifying Injuries” who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days. Qualifying Injuries are specific illnesses linked to exposure to contaminants in the Camp Lejeune water.

  2. Benefits of Acceptance: Accepting an EO offer ensures guaranteed compensation without affecting any existing VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) benefits. It provides a faster and more certain resolution compared to litigation.

  3. Elective Option Grid: The compensation amount under the EO varies based on the type of Qualifying Injury and the duration of exposure at Camp Lejeune. The grid provides different compensation amounts for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Qualifying Injuries and different exposure durations.

  4. Additional Requirements: Claimants must meet certain basic requirements, including presenting their claim properly, having their injury first diagnosed or treated before August 10, 2022, and meeting specific latency requirements based on their exposure history.

  5. Evidentiary Standards: Claimants must provide medical documentation to establish the Qualifying Injury and housing or employment documentation to demonstrate the duration of exposure.

  6. Process for Reviewing Claims: The Navy reviews claims for eligibility under the EO, and if a claim meets the criteria, the Department of Justice may approve the EO offer. Claimants have 60 days to accept or decline an EO offer.

  7. Common Concerns and Questions: The document addresses various common questions, such as the benefits of accepting an EO settlement over filing a lawsuit, the impact of declining an EO settlement, and the types of diseases covered under the EO.

  8. Effect on VA Benefits: Accepting an EO offer does not affect a claimant’s VA benefits, and there will be no offset or lien placed on EO payments by the VA.

Claims under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act follow a standard procedure. Here’s how it works:

  1. Claim Filing: The process begins when the claimant, either independently or with legal assistance, submits an administrative claim to the Navy.

  2. Initial Review: This initiates a 6-month waiting period during which the Navy reviews the claim under the Elective Option (EO).

  3. Options After Navy Review: After the Navy’s review, if the claim is deemed ineligible for the EO, the claimant has three options:

    • Abandon the claim.
    • Allow the claim to remain with the Navy for consideration under non-EO procedures.
    • File a lawsuit in federal court.
  4. Eligibility for EO: If the Navy determines that the claim is eligible for the EO, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must approve this EO determination.

  5. Settlement Offer: Once approved, the Navy extends a settlement offer to the claimant.

  6. Claimant’s Decision: At this stage, the claimant can make one of the following choices:

    • Accept the settlement offer, leading to the claim’s resolution and payment from the Judgment Fund.
    • Decline the offered settlement. In this case, the claimant can choose to:
      • Abandon the claim.
      • Leave the claim with the Navy for consideration under non-EO procedures.
      • File a lawsuit in federal court.

It’s important to note that filing a lawsuit in federal court can only occur after the administrative claim has been formally denied or six months have elapsed since the claim was filed.

At this time, we do not offer pro bono services.  However, Homefront Law works on contingency for Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims.  This means that you only pay a fee if we successfully secure a settlement or judgement in your favor.  For Admin Claims, we charge a 20% fee.  

For Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims, Homefront Law charges a 20% contingency fee for admin claims.  This means you don’t pay anything unless we’re able to secure an admin claim settlement for you.

As a veteran owned company, we created Homefront Law with the goal of helping veterans.  We saw too many law firms charging 40%+ for Camp Lejeune cases.  

We believe more of the settlement dollars should go to you and your family.  So we charge a fair contingency fee of 20% for admin claims.

Ultimately, we believe our fair pricing, military background, and legal experience provide the right solution for veterans in need.

We would be honored to help you.  It alls starts with an initial phone call.  Click this link to submit your info and we’ll reach out asap.

We have plans to grow Homefront Law and offer the best legal services to the veteran and first responder communities.  Use our contact form to submit your information.  We’re looking for fellow patriots to join us on our mission.

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