Iraq War Veteran and Contractor Litigation

Since 2001, the U.S. has deployed more than 1.9 million military personnel as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. These operations resulted in over 30,000 injuries and thousands of dead U.S. soldiers. Countless service members encountered unspeakable horrors and tragedies because of these undertakings in Iraq. Many returned with physical and mental injuries, and some even lost their lives. Despite these sacrifices, several financial institutions knowingly contributed to the weaponry of the enemies in Iraq. Banks have admitted to transferring funds to the Iranian government. Law firms across the country are teaming up to support our veterans harmed by terrorist operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you want to explore joining the Iraqi war veteran and contractor litigation, a seasoned attorney could help.

Did you sustain injuries during your service in Iraq or Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn? You could be eligible to join ongoing lawsuits against the government of Iran and at least nine international banks. These legal actions seek compensation for Americans who suffered injury or death due to Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism and the banks that provided funds to support it.

The Basis for the Iraq War Veteran and Contractor Litigation

People who experienced injuries in terrorist attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan are suing for damages from the government of Iran for engaging in state-supported terrorism. They are also suing the banks that handled Iranian funds. These funds paid for and supported al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Ansar al-Islam, and other terrorist organizations targeting Americans in Iraq.

The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 United States Code §1605A, gives United States courts jurisdiction over foreign governments that engage in terrorism and other actions that harm or kill Americans. It provides a method for injured Americans and the families of those who died to recover economic and non-economic damages. The plaintiffs also seek solatium, which is compensation for sorrow and grief.

Who May Join the Lawsuit?

The lawsuit alleges that the Iranian government funneled money to known terrorist organizations operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. This money purchased explosive devices or the materials for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), improvised rocket-assisted munitions (IRAMs), and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). At least a quarter of all American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2011 resulted from such devices. Service members may have suffered combat injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Severe burns
  • Broken bones
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sight
  • Hearing loss
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Limb loss

Furthermore, exposure to toxic burn pits and chemicals during the Iraq War contributed to injuries such as:

  • Respiratory disease
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Neurological disease

Members of the armed forces or military contractors who suffered harm in incidents involving such devices or due to other known terrorist activities could be eligible to participate in the lawsuit. The families and dependents of individuals who lost their lives in such attacks could also join the suit. An individual who is unsure whether they qualify should speak to a knowledgeable lawyer handling Iraq war veteran lawsuits.

Defendants in the Case

Several banks have admitted that they allowed money to flow through their institutions to fund terrorism. At the time in question, the United States had imposed sanctions that barred financial institutions from supporting Iraqi terrorist organizations. Some international banks intentionally worked around the sanctions by allowing money to move to Iranian government accounts. This maneuver allowed the Iranian government to funnel the money to Iraqi terrorist groups.

Among the banks that have publicly acknowledged misconduct are:

  • Barclay’s
  • Credit Suisse AG & Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited
  • HSBC Holding Group, PLC

Several other large banks doing business mainly in the European Union, South America, and Asia have also admitted to intentionally allowing money to flow to Iraqi terrorists through Iranian accounts.

The wounded service members, military contractors, and their survivors demand banks pay for their damages. These banks intentionally dismissed laws designed to prevent funding terrorist groups. This purposeful neglect inflicted injuries and deaths among American troops.  Those survivors and their families demand compensation from the banks responsible for the damages. We are proud to represent service members, military contractors, and their families in recovering damages from the Iraq War, so reach out to us today.

Bring Your Iraq War and Contractor Litigation to a Skilled Attorney

Military members and their families have sacrificed a great deal for our country. It is disheartening to discover so much hardship could have been avoided if institutions obeyed laws and prevented funding from reaching terrorists. Wounded service members deserve to rectify these wrongs through a lawsuit that holds banks accountable. Financial institutions should take responsibility for their egregious actions during the Iraq War, and a lawsuit is one of the best ways to force them to do so.

If you suffered injuries in a terrorist attack in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2003 and 2011, you should investigate whether you are eligible to participate in Iraq war veteran and contractor litigation. An experienced lawyer could review the circumstances of your injury and let you know whether you are eligible to join the lawsuits. Do not miss the opportunity to hold the banks that supported terrorism responsible for their actions. Make an appointment to discuss your situation with a local attorney today.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.