he U.S. Department of State has designated Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria as “state sponsors of terror” based on their efforts to support terrorist groups. Extensive research has shown that many terrorists who have carried out cowardly acts of terrorism against members of our armed forces received training, explosive devices, funding, and other forms of material support from Iran.
In 1992, the U.S. passed a comprehensive Anti-Terrorism Act that allows U.S. citizens to sue sovereign nations on the list of state sponsors of terror for injuries caused by “an act of international terrorism.” After that statute was enacted, many victims of terror attacks have sued Iran. In 2015, Congress also passed legislation establishing the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. That Fund provides compensation in the event (as is often the case) that the country found liable for the terrorist act refuses to pay the verdict. The Fund has already paid out billions of dollars to those injured by terrorists.
Veterans and civilians taken hostage or injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere may be eligible for compensation. Devices, including Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and Improvised Rocket-Assisted Munitions (IRAMs) among others are traceable to Iran.
Our firm enjoys the challenge of successfully navigating these claims to verdict and recovery. By way of example, Timothy Litzenburg has secured a $209 million verdict for a family of seven in a suit against Iran related to injuries they sustained in a Hamas bus bombing. We currently represent hundreds of veterans who were injured by terrorists while proudly defending our nation.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed during the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan or through a terrorist attack, contact us at 804.466.4412. You may be eligible for compensation.