What is the USVSST Fund?
In order to provide compensation to specific international terrorism victims who were harmed by state sponsored terrorism, Congress passed legislation to create the USVSST Fund (United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund). The goal of the USVSST Fund is to compensate those who were victims of international state-sponsored terrorism, who were either held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran between the years of 1979 to 1981, or those who secured a final judgment in a United States District Court against a state sponsor of terrorism. The spouses and children of these two classes may also be eligible for USVSST fund compensation. A veteran, American contractor, an American held hostage in Tehran, and their spouses and/or children may be eligible to file separate claims in these situations.
Explosion Related Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits
Severe head trauma is the number one cause of death resulting from terrorist bombings and is a major injury in over half of all those who are critically injured in terrorist bombings. The military conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan caused a significant number of explosion-related traumatic brain injuries. Time is of the essence in the treatment of an explosion-related traumatic brain injury, as the brain is extremely vulnerable, both for secondary blast injuries caused by flying debris and fragments and for tertiary blast injuries, caused by being thrown by blast wind.
There is also evidence to suggest the brain is vulnerable to primary blast injuries as well, which are caused by the over-pressurization waves. Explosion-related traumatic brain injuries can result in loss of consciousness, chronic headaches, seizures, dizziness, memory issues, balance problems, concentration difficulties, slurred speech, disorientation, numbness, weakness, confusion and irritability, as well as penetrating and open head wounds. Those with these types of brain injuries may be eligible to file an explosion related traumatic brain injury lawsuit.
Explosion Related Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
Spinal cord injuries are among the most disabling conditions which affect wounded members of the U.S. military; the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery reviewed more than eight years of data on back, spinal column and spinal cord injuries sustained by American military personnel while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. This article found that explosions accounted for 56 percent of all spinal injuries, and the average age of a person with a spinal cord injury was 26.5 years. 84 percent of these military patients received their spinal cord injury during combat. Veterans of the military who served in Afghanistan or Iraq, as well as American contractors who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, who suffered spinal cord injuries, may be eligible to file an explosion related spinal cord injury lawsuit.
Other IED Explosion Injury Lawsuits
Other IED explosion injuries, EFP explosion injuries, RPG explosion injuries and IRAM explosion injuries sustained by veterans and contractors who served or worked in Afghanistan and Iraq include the following:
- Physical injuries such as broken bones and limb loss;
- Traumatic amputations;
- Loss of vision;
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and
- Other blast injuries
What is Terrorism?
Acts of terrorism include “sneak” attacks which killed American soldiers, roadside bombs which struck U.S. military vehicles, and even militant kidnapping and killings of American journalists and contractors which occurred during the Iraq War. While those acts of terrorism occurred a world away from Wall Street, some of the world’s biggest banks have admitted to financing these acts. These banks have some culpability in the terrorist attacks against American soldiers and contractors.
The banks did business with Iranian financial institutions which funded the Shiite militant group and political party suspected of aiding attacks in Iraq, Hezbollah, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as other instruments of Iranian state sponsored terrorism. In short, these banks transferred monies on behalf of Iran in direct violation of United States sanctions. The banks have settled cases over the last few years in relation to their role in bank-sponsored terrorism, paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fines, and admitting wrongdoing. Those admissions of wrongdoing now serve as a template for private lawsuits.
Which Banks Admitted to Violating U.S. Counter-Terrorism Sanctions?
The banks involved in this bank sponsored terrorism—banks which illegally transferred literally billions of dollars to Iran and persons or entities sanctioned by the U.S. government include the following:
- HSBC Holding Group Plc.
- Crédit Suisse AG and Crédit Suisse Asset Management Limited
- Commerzbank A.G.
- Standard Chartered Bank Plc.
- Barclays Plc.
- BNP Paribas S.A.
Are You Eligible to File an Iraq War Explosion Injury Lawsuit?
Thousands of U.S. soldiers, contractors and other Americans were killed and injured during the Iraq War, due to money provided by the banks listed above to Iran, allowing Iran to provide a variety of weapons in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The victims of these injuries could be eligible to file an Iraq war explosion injury lawsuit. The weapons provided to Iraq and Afghanistan by Iran include EFPs (Explosively Formed Penetrators), IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), IRAMs (Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions), and RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades).
An EFP is a roadside bomb which shoots out large portions of hot copper when it explodes, and can penetrate a tank, as well as travel a hundred yards or more. While EFPs are directly responsible for fewer deaths than IEDs, they are generally considered the most lethal weapon faced by American forces in Iraq. IEDs have caused the most damage—more than 60 percent of coalition deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq were the result of IEDs, and thousands of U.S. military members have lost their lives to these devices.
Those injured during acts of terrorism who spent time in Iraq or Afghanistan, may be eligible to file an anti-terrorism lawsuit. Certain global banks processed large financial transactions for Iran, allowing their monies to flow through U.S. and international channels, despite sanctions by the U.S. government. The argument can be made that if Iran had not been provided with the funds that these transactions facilitated, they could not have funded the procurement of lethal weapons which had devastating consequences to the U.S. military. Under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, veterans, service members and contractors, who were injured, disabled or killed in the Iraq War, as well as their family members, could be eligible to file an anti-terrorism injury lawsuit against these banks to seek compensation for their injuries.
Perhaps you, or someone close to you, was harmed during the Iraq War. By providing financing to Iran, these banks in essence violated the United States Anti-Terrorism Act, and those harmed by these actions could potentially benefit from speaking to a U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act Attorney. Your U.S.A.T.A. attorney can help you with an Iraq War Veteran Injury lawsuit. These explosion injury lawsuits, explosion-related spinal cord injury lawsuits, and explosion-related traumatic brain injury lawsuits can benefit those injured by Iranian state-sponsored terrorism in Iraq. Explosion injury lawsuits can help those recovering from injuries due to IEDs, EFPs, RPGs and IRAMs.
Do You Need a U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act Lawyer?
Those injured by violations of the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, as well as the families of those killed by violations of the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act can hold those responsible accountable. Obviously, nothing can change the outcomes of the Iraq War, but if you are a victim of a violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act, an experienced Anti-Terrorism Act attorney can help.