New York, NY (PRWEB) March 07, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP is calling on the federal government to establish a compensation fund on behalf of U.S. Army veterans who were allegedly subjected to medical experimentation at the U.S. Army's Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland. According to a report recently aired on CNN, more than 7,000 soldiers stationed at Edgewood Arsenal between 1955 and 1975 were allegedly "exposed to incapacitating drugs like BZ; or to sarin, an extremely toxic, potentially deadly substance that disrupts the nervous system; or to VX, a liquid neurotoxin considered one of the most dangerous chemicals created. Other exposures included tear gas, and hallucinogenics like LSD."
A deposition filed by one former soldier, now deceased, who was profiled by the CNN report charges that soldiers were induced to become part of the Edgewood Arsenal experiments by program representatives who said they were looking for subjects to test Army gear, vehicles and military combat equipment. It was only upon arrival at Edgewood Arsenal that these men were informed that drugs would also be used in the experiments. While the soldiers were given the option to decline the drug testing, there were “innuendos“ of “bad punishments" if they did not participate, the soldier claimed his deposition. [edition.cnn.com/2012/03/03/health/medical-volunteer-number-6692/]
A lawsuit filed by the non-profit Vietnam Veterans of American in 2009 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. CV 09-0037-CW) alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denied between 97% and 99% of all disability or death claims arising out of such exposures at the Edgewood Arsenal and other top secret sites. The VA, which Plaintiffs claim actively participated in these human research experiments, has been accused of bias in the lawsuit. The claims process has also been complicated by Department of Defense claims that it cannot find records to substantiate most of the veterans' participation in the tests, causing VA to summarily deny those claims, the lawsuit alleges.
Parker Waichman LLP is offering free legal consultations to all veterans who were subjected to human medical experiments at the U.S. Army's Edgewood Arsenal. If you or a member of your family was subjected to this unethical medical experimentation, please contact our office by visiting http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
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