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.