Saturday, August 15, 2015

Burn Pit Lawsuit: New Cases To Be FIled

On August 10, 2015, the Court held a case management conference and announced that it was permitting additional complaints to be filed now for individuals who were exposed to burn pit fumes and dust, and suffer disability and disease from the alleged exposure.

A discovery plan is being crafted by the Court regarding the Jurisdictional Issues of the case for implementation over the next 6 to 9 months. The Court has scheduled a hearing on the Jurisdictional Issues regarding the case for September 2016.

The case is a consolidated action under Federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) against government contractors Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) and Halliburton for alleged harm to military personnel and other individuals caused by exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan that were used to dispose of material including medical waste, plastics, paints and pesticides.

Recently published data of the National Burn Pit Registry, as reported by the Military Times, revealed:
"Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to multiple dust storms during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of common respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, as well as rare lung disorders, according to data drawn from the Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. 
"Service members who experienced frequent exposures to dust and burn pits also report increased health problems like insomnia and high blood pressure.  
Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson). For over 4 decades the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman have been representing injured veterans, private military contractors and civilian employees and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.