Military Burn Pit Exposure

Many Iraq/Afghanistan veterans were exposed to toxic chemicals from burn pits. Burn pits were used to dispose of many items that gave off harmful chemicals when burned. These chemicals include some of the same chemicals found in Agent Orange. Veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan may find that they have lung problems or other health problems that they did not have prior to deployment. The VA has not linked any illnesses to burn pit exposure. However, if you were exposed to smoke from a burn pit and now have lung problems, skin problems, or other health issues you did not have prior to deployment, you may qualify for VA compensation.

The government has also recently admitted that a number of Iraq veterans were exposed to chemicals from chemical weapons, left over from the Saddam’s army, that either were leaking or were disposed of improperly. This includes such chemicals such as mustard gas and other very toxic substances. If you think you were exposed to these chemical weapons and now have lung, skin or other health problems, you may be entitled to compensation.

As the VA does not presume that exposure to chemicals causes any illnesses, you need medical proof to connect your illness to exposure to burn pits or chemical weapons. The VA will most likely deny the claim at the first stage. However, you can appeal, and this is where a lawyer can help you with the case by putting together evidence to convince the VA that you were exposed to chemicals and that they caused your illness. 

Jim Burn Debates Political Issues with Melissa Hart

Attorney Jim Burn from our office, who also Chairs the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, will be on PCNC, Thursday, December 18, 2014 to discuss local, state and national  political issues along with former congresswoman Melissa Hart. The show, known as “Hart-Burn” airs at 8pm.

Please tune in!

Georgia agrees to pay $350,000 in lawsuit bought by inmate’s family

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.ajc.com

The state has agreed to pay the family of an inmate strangled and beaten to death in his cell at Hays State Prison $350,000.

According to the settlement agreement The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained on Wednesday, the money will be paid to Damion MacClain’s family in exchange for dropping the lawsuit they brought, blaming the state prison system for MacClain’s death on Dec. 26, 2013, death.

The agreement says the settlement is not an admission of liability but was made “to seek peace and secure resolution and to terminate further controversy.

MacClain’s was one of three deaths in five months at the northwest Georgia prison. At the time, Hays was becoming increasingly dangerous because faulty locks allowed inmates to leave their cells and roam at will. MacClain’s family said that was how other inmates were able to attack him in his bed.

According to the suit brought on behalf of the MacClain family by the Southern Center for Human Rights, prison officials knew conditions at Hays had deteriorated to a level that allowed stabbings, beatings, and assaults on inmates and officers.

Prison audits in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 all reported cell door locks at Hays could easily be circumvented. Yet prison officials did not fix the locks or find a way to control the movements of the inmates…

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