Sunday, November 28, 2010

Veterans Seek Help for Burn Pit Health Claims

The Tampa Tribune has produced a video report concerning burn pit health claims and the plight of veterans seeking medical care and compensation. The veterans seek transparency and benefits following their exposures to burn pit fumes and dust in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The report describes the efforts of Frazier, an ill veteran, who has sought benefits and is party in a lawsuit against the military contractors who were allegedly responsible for the exposures. 

" Frazier is one of more than 300 vets who have joined a class action lawsuit against contractors paid by the military to regulate the burn pits. -- complete transparency of the entire thing. Frazier struggled with the decision to join the lawsuit ..."

lawsuit was filed alleging that KRB, Inc.
(NYSE KRB) endangered the health and safety of American soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to huge quantities of toxic 
dust, fumes and other air pollution by burning unsorted waste in vast 
open-air pits without any safety controls.



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

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Government Reports Burn Pit Standards Are Not Being Met

On Friday, October 15, 2010, the US Government Accountability Office released the Afghanistan and Iraq Report, in response to a request by Congress. It states that of the four burn pits they surveyed in Iraq, all standards outlined in 2009 for burn pit operations are not being met.


Breathing dust, fumes and other and other toxic substances, exposed troops deployed overseas, and those who worked for government contractors abroad and other civilians, to a serious hazards. Some of the chemicals were very toxic carcinogens and are deadly.

A
lawsuit was filed alleging that KRB, Inc.
(NYSE KRB) endangered the health and safety of American soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan by exposing them to huge quantities of toxic 
dust, fumes and other air pollution by burning unsorted waste in vast 
open-air pits without any safety controls.





A Federal Court Judge has ordered that claims against military contractors, KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root) and Halliburton, may proceed. Sick soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan filed claimsagainst the corporations because of "alleged failures of the military contractors to treat water and dispose of waste in a manner required" by their contract with the US Military.


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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Veteran Awarded Benefits for Burn Pit Exposure

The Veterans Administration (VA) has awarded full disability to a former soldier who was exposed in Iraq to toxic dust and fumes from burn pits. The VA concluded that his cancer, Stage 4 Lymphoma, is related to the exposure in Iraq.

The Tampa Tribune reported that, "McKenna's cancer, according to him and to his doctors at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital, is directly attributable to constant exposure to the thick, acrid smoke that wafted almost every hour of every day across Balad Air Base in Iraq where McKenna was stationed for about 18 months."

A 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.


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


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