Saturday, August 28, 2010

Ill Veteran Claims Inadequate Treatment for Burn Pit Exposure

A wheelchair bound veteran claims that the military flew him to specialized clinic in NJ and failed to provide adequate treatment for his toxic exposure to burn pit dust and fumes.Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have been reporting skin, respiratory and early on set of malignancies as a result of burn pit exposures while deployed in the Gulf War.


As a supporter for the improved health and welfare of individuals against hazardous occupational and environmental exposures, Jon L. Gelman advocates for changes in safety standards and safer use of chemicals.

lawsuit is currently pending against Kellog Brown & Root (KBR) and Halliburton on behalf of soldiers who were exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Institute of Medicine Holds Meeting on Burn Pit Exposures

The Third Meeting of the Committee on Long-term Health Consequences of exposures to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan was held on July 14th and 15th, 2010. The Committee of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies held their meeting in a closed session. The open session to the public was cancelled.


The first meeting of the committee was held in February. At that time the organization was charged with the responsibility of reviewing medical condition that may be related to the exposures to burn pit fumes. 


Soldiers that have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that have been exposed to burn pit fumes and smoke, have reported serious pulmonary medical conditions, including constrictive bronchiolitis, and malignancies.


Click here to read more about burn pit exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com

Friday, August 6, 2010

Poisoned by Burning Trash

The Washington Post, in an article authored by Maria Gold ,, has described the medical plight of returning soldiers from Iraq and Afganistan, after having been poisoned by burning trash.  The ill solders were exposed to fumes and smoke from burn pits that were constructed by independent contractors to the military.


The article describes a variety of serious medical aliments including respiratory conditions involving a chronic cough, and 6 deaths due to leukemia and 5 more that are reportedly under treatment for the same cancer.


A Federal lawsuit is now pending on behalf of the soldiers and independent contractors who have been exposed.  decision on pending determinative motions is anticipated shortly.


Click here to read more about burn pit exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Army Shifts Treatment of Ill Burn Pit Soldiers Diagnosed With Constrictive Brochiolitis

The US Army has shifted the treatment location of the returning soldiers who have been exposed to burn pit fumes and dusts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans Today reports that the patients under the care of Dr. Robert Miller, Associate Professor of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University, are now being shifted from Fort Campbell, KY to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.


Dr . Miller has diagnosed  more than 50 returning soldiers with "constrictive broncholitis," a condition he reports is related to toxic environmental exposure caused by burn pit smoke.  Dr. Miller has performed open lung biopsies to objectively confirm his findings and has published several studies and has testified before Congress over this serious  health concern.

“I think this is a way to get control of an issue,” Miller said. “They [US Army] can control the discussion by keeping it internal.” But Col. Lisa Zacher, pulmonary consultant to the Army surgeon general, said she greatly admires Miller’s work, and that the change came purely for business reasons.


Click here to read more about burn pit exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to read more about burn pit claims for benefits and lawsuits. Call Jon L. Gelman at 973.696.7900 or e-mail jon@gelmans.com