KBR Faces Wrongful Death, Toxic Exposure Claims Over Iraq and Afghanistan Burn Pits, According to Burke O’Neil LLC
The lawsuits are being filed today and Wednesday in state courts in
KBR is accused of allowing thick, noxious smoke – coming off of flames sometimes colored blue or green by burning chemicals – to hang over U.S. bases and camps across
According to the complaints, “U.S. soldiers and other residents of the military bases and camps have become seriously ill, been diagnosed with serious and potentially fatal diseases and in some cases have died from the physical injuries and diseases caused by the exposure to hazardous smoke and fumes.”
The burn pits are so large that tractors are used to push waste onto them and the flames shoot hundreds of feet into the sky, according to the lawsuits. KBR allegedly burned waste such as biohazard materials including human corpses, medical supplies, paints, solvents, asbestos, items containing pesticides, animal carcasses, tires, lithium batteries, styrofoam, wood, rubber, medical waste, large amounts of plastics, and even entire trucks.
The plaintiffs include:
Robyn Sachs, of Buffalo, N.Y., whose husband Christopher J. Sachs, died in November 2008of complications of leukemia allegedly caused by his prolonged exposure to KBR burn pit smoke, fumes and ash during his military service in Iraq.
Melissa Ochsand Joanne Ochs, of Fuquay Varina, N.C., the surviving spouse and mother, respectively, of Iraqand Afghanistanveteran Steven Ochs, who died, in July 2008, from the same type of leukemia as Mr. Sachs, allegedly caused by exposure to KBR burn pits.
Albert Paul Bittel III, of Golden, Mo., an Army veteran who was stationed at BaladAir Force Base in Iraq, where he and his squad were exposed to KBR burn pit emissions. Upon his return from Iraq, he was diagnosed with cancer of the testicles, stomach and lymph nodes. After surgeries, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, he continues to suffer from memory problems and chronic numbing and swelling of his feet and hands and was forced to end his military career.
James Morgan, of Statesville, N.C., who served in Iraqand was stationed at a guard tower located directly above KBR’s BaladAir Force Base burn pit, suffered from chronic cough and respiratory problems before developing lung cancer which has spread to his back.
Michael Auw, of Hesperia, Calif., a disabled former soldier who was a guard in the tower located directly above the enormous burn pit at BaladAir Force Base and who is now completely disabled due to severe neurological damage as a result of constant extreme exposure to toxic emissions from the burn pits.
Michael Douglas Moore, of Hinesville, Ga., a former soldier who was stationed at and then medically evacuated from BaladAir Force Base after burn pit emissions exposure. His exposure to the burn pit emissions caused severe respiratory disease and he later underwent jaw surgery to address related breathing problems and sleep apnea and was left with facial scars and lasting medical effects.
Other named plaintiffs are
The collective claims against the defendants include wrongful death, negligence, battery, breach of duty to warn, medical monitoring, future medical expenses, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract.
The legal team for the plaintiffs intends to seek class certification of the lawsuits to cover costs of medical monitoring, future medical expenses, and other damages for other individuals exposed to KBR burn pit emissions.
Ms. Burke stated, “KBR promised to minimize the environmental effects of the burn sites they operated in
The defendants are KBR, Inc., of
The first five cases filed today are:
- “Richard Ronald Guilmette, et al., v. KBR, Inc., et al.,” in the Circuit Court of
Alabama, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Coffee County, Alabama(71-CV-2009-900036.00).
- “Dean Guy Olson, et al., v. KBR, Inc., et al.,” in the District Court of the
State of Minnesota, Third Judicial District, Steele County, Minnesota(74 CV091013).
- “Michael Douglas Moore, et al., v. KBR, Inc., et al.,” in the Superior Court of
Georgia, First District, Atlantic Judicial Circuit, Liberty County, Georgia(09-SV-169).
- “Fred Robert Atkinson, Jr., et al., v. KBR, Inc., et al,” in the Supreme Court of the
State of New York, 8th District, Erie County, New York(filing confirmed).
- “David U. Lackey, et al., v. KBR, Inc., et al.,” in the Circuit Court for
Cook County, Illinois(filing confirmed).
Additional cases will be filed today and Wednesday in state courts in
SOURCE Burke O’Neil LLC