In this article about the Iraq War Veterans Lawsuit:
- Why should you join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- What is the Anti-Terrorism Act?
- Who is eligible to join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- How is Iran involved in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- Who are the plaintiffs in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- What injuries are needed to join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit for the anti-terrorism litigation fund?
- Who are the defendants in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- Will the anti-terrorism litigation fund affect my VA Disability Compensation?
- Can I afford a lawyer for the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- How much money will I receive in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
- Why call Woods & Woods?
Why should you join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
For years, the U.S. suspected Iran was largely behind the insurgency in Iraq. Now there is evidence that international banks funneled money into Iran. We believe that Iran then used some of this money to fund terror groups that operated in Iraq.
The Iraq War veterans lawsuit alleges that banks knowingly evaded U.S. sanctions on Iran and laundered money to cover their tracks. We believe that a decent portion of this laundered money funded the IED, EFP, and IRAM attacks that occurred in Iraq. Some lawyers believe that potentially billions were spent on shadowy terror operations.
What is the Anti-Terrorism Act?
In 1992, the U.S. passed the comprehensive Anti-Terrorism Act. This broad-reaching act allows U.S. nationals to sue for injuries that were “by reason of an act of international terrorism.”
While the anti-terrorism litigation fund is just getting started, there have been successful cases that used the act before. There was a $413 million judgment against Syria. One U.S. judge has awarded $907 million for victims of the Kenya embassy bombing. Anti-terrorism litigation funds have already racked up $12.5 billion in judgments against state sponsors of terror, mostly against Iran.
Who is eligible to join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
Iraq veterans that came into contact with certain devices may be eligible for compensation from the anti-terrorism litigation fund. If you aren’t sure exactly which devices you may have been affected by, that’s okay. We can investigate your attack and see what the records state.
The most commonly used devices in Iraq were:
- Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)
- Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP)
- Improvised Rocket-Assisted Munitions (IRAM)
How is Iran involved in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
Iran has been labeled a “state sponsor of terror” for a long time. Money that international banks laundered into Iran was likely used to wreak havoc in Iraq and potentially even Afghanistan. It appears that the international banks knew exactly what they were doing – evading U.S. sanctions to get money into Iran.
The terror groups Iran may have worked with are:
- Iran’s Qods Force
- Shia Terrorist Organizations
- Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps
- Sunni Terrorist Organizations
Who are the plaintiffs in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
If the affected veteran is alive, the veteran will be the plaintiff in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit. If the veteran died in Iraq, the survivors will be the plaintiff in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit. Survivors include children, family members, spouses, and in some cases, ex-spouses.
Iraq War veterans lawsuit plaintiffs can be:
- Veterans with mental impairments
- Veterans with physical injuries
- Dependent children
- Survivors, family members, ex-spouses
What injuries are needed to join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit for the anti-terrorism litigation fund?
There are a wide-array of injuries that are eligible to join the Iraq War veterans lawsuit. The anti-terrorism litigation fund may cover both mental and physical injuries in Iraq veterans. Remember, your physical and mental impairments are often related. Some veterans will be able to link mental and physical conditions for the anti-terrorism litigation fund.
These are some of the most common injuries that happened to Iraq veterans:
- Blast injuries
- EFP related mental and physical injuries
- IED related mental and physical injuries
- IRAM related mental and physical injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of life
- Mental impairments related the event
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Shrapnel wounds and scars
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Vision loss
Who are the defendants in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
The Iraq War veterans lawsuit has named a few different defendant banks for the anti-terrorism litigation fund. A few banks have already plead guilty to money laundering charges with fines in the billions. There may be more banks involved in the Iraq & Afghanistan veterans IED & EFP roadside bomb injury lawsuit later.
The expected Iraq War veterans lawsuit defendants for the anti-terrorism litigation fund are:
- Credit Suisse Group AG
- Barclays Plc
- Standard Chartered
- HSBC Holdings Plc
- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc
Will the anti-terrorism litigation fund affect my VA Disability Compensation?
No. The Iraq War veterans lawsuit and anti-terrorism litigation fund will not affect your VA Disability Compensation. These lawsuits are completely separate from your VA Disability Compensation claim.
Iraq veterans that have service-connected disabilities may be eligible for Iraq War veterans disability benefits. If you haven’t already started a claim, we can help you file. Our VA Disability Compensation lawyers never charge for help with filing your claim.
Your eligibility for the anti-terrorism litigation fund and VA Disability Compensation have no bearing on each other. They won’t be filed together, they won’t be in the same court, and they will each have different evidentiary requirements.
Can I afford a lawyer for the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
Yes! Your Iraq War veterans lawyer will only charge a fee if your case is won. If your Iraq War veterans lawyer is not successful, you don’t owe them a penny. We know that many injured and disabled Iraq vets cannot pay an Iraq War veterans lawyer upfront. That’s no problem. Your Iraq War veterans lawyer will never ask for money upfront.
How much money will I receive in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit?
This is kind of an unknown at this point in the Iraq War veterans lawsuit. Every case is different and each veteran’s case is going to be decided separately. The anti-terrorism litigation fund is very complex and it’s too early to tell clients an exact dollar amount. If a lawyer gives you an exact dollar amount at this point, they probably aren’t being honest with you.
Why call Woods & Woods?
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has successfully represented thousands of injured and disabled people. We have partnered with some of the leading law firms in the anti-terrorism litigation fund. Together, we use our strengths to fight for injured veterans. Decades ago, Woods & Woods started out as a personal injury law firm that took on large corporations. Today, we are proud to exclusively represent disabled and injured veterans. Our comprehensive law firm for veterans helps them get the legal help they deserve.