Havana Syndrome & the USVSST

Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming support of this litigation. Right now, we can ONLY accept cases from attacks that occurred in Cuba. We are still continuing our investigation into these attacks.

What is the USVSST? Most adults in the United States are aware of terrorism. Thankfully, relatively few of us have firsthand experience with terrorism. We mostly hear about terrorism in our own country and in other countries, from the news. That news generally makes us feel uneasy. Imagine how Americans who have suffered an attack from a terrorist organization feel. They may feel as though they have been forgotten—left to deal with the aftermath of their attack and subsequent adverse health symptoms on their own.

In 2015, the US Dept. of Justice took a significant step to hold foreign terrorists accountable. This included establishing the USVSST (United States Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism) fund. The USVSST fund awards compensation to those who have already secured a final judgment in a U.S. District Court against a state-sponsor of terrorism. The USVSST is funded via criminal and civil penalties, fines and proceeds from any case involving state-sponsored terrorism. A significant amount of money has been issued to Americans by the USVSST who were injured or killed as a result of state-sponsored terrorism, and it is estimated that more than $1 billion will eventually be paid out.

How Could the USVSST Be Used to Secure Compensation for Those Injured by Havana Syndrome? If you are suffering symptoms of Havana Syndrome, it could be very beneficial to speak to an experienced attorney from Sullo & Sullo. Those who qualify could make a USVSST claim by securing an application form from the USVSST website (www.usvsst.com), by calling (855) 720-6966, or by sending a written request for an Application Form to: U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 10299, Dublin, OH 43017-5899. Alternatively, you can consult an experienced USVSST lawyer to help you in making your USVSST claim.

Eligible claims are paid based on a pro rata basis from available funds. Eligible claims will be paid out until all claims have been paid in full or when the fund terminates in 2026. The initial 2017 distribution percentage was 13.66%, however you can take a look at the payment calculation explanation on the USVSST Fund website for more detailed information regarding the amount you could reasonably expect.

Claimants who have received 30 percent or more of compensatory damages from another source may not receive damages from the USVSST until other claimants have received at least a 30 percent claim on behalf of a qualifying decedent, the award will generally be made to the qualified Personal Representative of the decedent’s estate, who will then be charged with distributing the award in a manner consistent with the decedent’s will. If no Will exists, the award must be distributed according to the laws of the decedent’s state. Those harmed by Havana Syndrome should definitely consider USVSST compensation following their civil claim against a state-sponsor of terrorism.

DISCLAIMER: Statutes of Limitations limit the amount of time that an individual has to file a lawsuit, and not only vary from state to state, but also vary by cause of action. The information provided above and in the state-specific pages in this section is meant as a general guide, and is for informational purposes only. Each client’s case is unique, and the specific circumstances of any individual case can have significant bearing on the applicable statute of limitations. Any person who believes they may have a viable cause of action is strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney about the statute of limitations for his or her case. Attorney Andrew Sullo is licensed to practice law in Texas, and can prosecute cases that are part of a federal multi-district litigation. Andrew Sullo does not practice law in any other state, and is not certified by the Boards of Legal Specialization in any state. Not all states have board certifications. This information is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Texas. Our firm is not accepting cases in any state where it would be impermissible for it to do so. Sullo & Sullo, LLP maintains its principal office in Houston, Texas.

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