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Iraq Burn Pit Exposure Lawsuit

Iraq Burn Pit Exposure Lawsuit

Thousands of military veterans returned from Iraq with serious health problems after being exposed to toxic burn pits, including cancer and permanent lung diseases.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting burn pit induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know is a military veteran who was diagnosed with health problems after being exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Lawmakers Pass PACT Act of 2022

In May 2022, lawmakers announced a long-sought bipartisan deal on the PACT Act of 2022, a bill that could help millions of veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service. The bill is named in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, who died in 2020 after being exposed to burn pits.

President Seeks Health Benefits for ‘Burn Pit’ War Veterans

In March 2022, President Joe Biden traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to advocate for more medical care for U.S. military veterans with health problems who were exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Biden’s eldest son Beau Biden died in 2015 of brain cancer after serving in Iraq, including Camp Victory in Baghdad and Balad Air Force Base, where he was exposed to large burn pits.

What is a Burn Pit?

Burn pits were a common way for the military to get rid of trash during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, using gasoline and jet fuel to incinerate just about every type of waste material you can imagine.

What Was Burned?

Chemicals, paint, Styrofoam, spent munitions, metal, aluminum cans, vehicle parts, plastic bottles, used batteries, tires, feces, body parts, medical waste, petroleum and lubricant, rubber, wood, and food waste were commonly disposed of in open burn pits.

What is the Problem?

Over the years, these massive open-air burn pits spewed an incredible amount of toxic smoke and deadly chemicals in the air. One of the most notorious burn pits was the one at Balad Air Base, a 10-acre pit that burned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For the servicemen and women working anywhere near the pits, it was impossible to avoid breathing the toxic fumes. Tragically, thousands of veterans returned home with chronic health problems, including deadly cancers, lung conditions and neurological damage.

Adding insult to injury, the U.S. government was reluctant to help — forcing veterans to wage legal and lobbying wars to get compensation, just like the Vietnam veterans had to do for Agent Orange exposure.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Burn Pit Lawsuit Against KBR

In 2019, things got even worse when the U.S. Supreme Court shot down lawsuits from hundreds of veterans with burn pit injuries who sued military contractor KBR Inc. (formerly owned by Halliburton Corporation). But in recent months, there has been a glimmer of hope for veterans, as lawmakers have been forced to deal with the serious health issue affecting thousands of veterans.

Another Burn Pit Lawsuit Goes to U.S. Supreme Court

In January 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take on a burn pit lawsuit filed by Le Roy Torres, a veteran who returned from from a yearlong deployment in Iraq with chronic headaches and debilitating breathing problems. He was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and toxic encephalopathy, which is also known as a toxic brain injury.

15,000+ Veterans Have Filed Burn Pit Disability Claims

The Veterans Benefits Administration processed 17,088 disability claims with at least one condition related to burn pit exposure from June 2007 through November 30, 2021.

Because there have been so many claims, the VA has set up an open Burn Pit Registry for military members who served Desert Shield and Desert Storm (ODS/S), Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Enduring Freedom (OEF), and New Dawn (OND).

Symptoms of Burn Pit Exposure

  • Asthma
  • Breathing problems
  • Cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Neurological problems
  • Migraines
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Skin lesions
  • Leukemia
  • Lung damage
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Death

Lung Conditions Linked to Burn Pits

  • Asthma
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chronic bronchitis (Bronchiolitis)
  • COPD
  • Constrictive bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Granulomatous disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Sleep apnea
  • And more

List of Burn Pit Locations in Iraq

  • Abu Ghraib Prison
  • Al Asad Air Base
  • Al Quo
  • Al Taqaddum (Ridgeway)
  • Ali Air Base (formerly Talil Air Base)
  • Al-Sahra aka Camp Speicher
  • Baghdad International Airport (BIAP)
  • Balad Air Base
  • Baqubah (FOB) (Warhorse)
  • Camp Adder, Talil Air Base
  • Camp Al Taji (Army Airfield)
  • Camp Anderson
  • Camp Ar Ramadi
  • Camp Bucca
  • Camp Cedar I and I, Talil Air Base
  • Camp Chesty
  • Camp Courage, Mosul
  • Camp Cropper
  • Camp (FOB) Delta, Al Kut
  • Camp Echo, Diwaynia
  • Camp Geiger
  • Camp Liberty (aka Camp Trashcan)
  • Camp Loyalty
  • Camp or LSA Anaconda
  • Camp Ridgeway (Al Taquaddum)
  • Camp Rustamiyah
  • Camp Scania
  • Camp Shield, Baghdad
  • Camp Speicher aka Al Sahra Airfield (formerly FOB)
  • Camp Stryker
  • Camp Victory
  • COB Meade, Camp Liberty
  • Diwaynia
  • Fallujah
  • FOB Caldwell, Kirkuk
  • FOB Endurance, Qayyarah Airfield West/Saddam Air Base
  • FOB Freedom, Kirkuk
  • FOB Gabe, Baqubah
  • FOB Marez, Mosul
  • FOB Summerall (Bayji and Taji)
  • FOB Sykes (Tall’ Afar)
  • FOB Warrior, Kirkuk
  • Green Zone or International Zone
  • Kalsu
  • Kirkuk
  • Kut Al Hayy Airbase
  • Mosul
  • Navstar
  • Q-West, Qayyarah Airfield West/Saddam Air Base
  • Scania
  • Taji
  • Talil Air Base (now is Ali Air Base)
  • Tall’ Afar

Do I have an Iraq Burn Pit Exposure Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting burn pit induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know is a military veteran who was diagnosed with health problems after being exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq or Afghanistan, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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