July 17, 2023

How A.I. Can Improve the Camp Lejeune Case Review Process

Author: Meagan Bloom

The Camp Lejeune litigation poses many challenges. These challenges include identifying dozens of injury types, analyzing handwritten documents, and determining the veteran’s qualifying relatives. The use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) software, like Pattern Data, can optimize this process, allowing firms to efficiently analyze large amounts of data.

Years of Contaminated Water

The Camp Lejeune Litigation involves veterans and civilians who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina. From the 1950’s to the 1980’s, the base’s drinking water was contaminated with toxic chemicals used in industrial operations such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). This exposure has been linked to numerous health problems, including cancers, neurological disorders, and birth defects.

Finding the Right Needle in a Haystack

Analysis can be difficult in this case with many old, handwritten documents to look over. Luckily, Pattern Data can identify handwriting on poorly scanned images and quickly identify the type of document it is reviewing. These documents include DD214 (Discharge from Active Duty), DoD Military Service Information, and many more. This allows Pattern to focus on just the pertinent documents.

Once the necessary documents are identified, they all need to be thoroughly reviewed beyond a simple “Control-F.” For example, pathology reports (typically typed by physicians or nurses) often contain shorthand phrases like “MALT” or “Follicular” instead of “Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.” Pattern Data can quickly recognize synonyms and acronyms to identify the relevant injuries.

An additional complication specific to Camp Lejeune is identifying the qualifying relatives of the Camp Lejeune veteran. This involves reviewing documents that detail military housing records, dates, names, and relation to the veteran. Pattern Data’s A.I. can be trained to identify such information despite inconsistent formatting.

A.I. Can be Used to Represent Camp Lejeune Clients Better

Camp Lejeune is a complex litigation involving hundreds of thousands of claimants, decades of records, and hundreds of possible medical issues. With Pattern Data, you can confidently represent your clients with the highest quality case information.

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