Attorney: U.S. Marine may join Fukushima lawsuit — Navy clients have bladder problems not normally seen in younger people

Published: January 8th, 2013 at 9:52 pm ET
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Follow-up to: TV: US sailors having traits associated with radiation poisoning after Japan operation -- Bleeding from rectum -- Baby with birth defects -- Cancer -- Thyroid problems (VIDEO)

(Subscription Only) Title: Sailors sue for alleged radiation exposure
Source: Navy Times
Author: Gidget Fuentes
Date: Jan 8, 2013 9:40:27 EST

[...] Their lawyer [Paul C. Garner, a trial attorney of 40 years] said he also is talking with at least one Marine who could join the suit, and concerns have been raised among other U.S. troops who were based in Japan or located offshore at the time. [...]

Garner said his clients so far suffer from assorted health issues, including bladder problems normally not seen in younger people. [...]

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Lindsay Cooper

  • She said her health took a dive [after Summer 2011]
  • She put on weight and found little energy to work
  • She has struggled with sleep, headaches and digestive problems.
  • “I’ve never felt like this before. It’s constant”
Published: January 8th, 2013 at 9:52 pm ET
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24 comments to Attorney: U.S. Marine may join Fukushima lawsuit — Navy clients have bladder problems not normally seen in younger people

  • patb2009

    lawsuit is likely against the military for keeping them there.


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    • garjackson

      why do people repeat this nonsense over and over

      Feres v. United States

      "The Feres Doctrine prohibits by law, negligence claims by active duty military personnel against the United States Government."


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      • razzz razzz

        Preliminaries, as potential lawsuits look for standing in the courts, it's a drill down to ultimate guilty parties (GE for one). Not expecting any successful decisions but exposing events as they actually happened might smarten up the public.

        If some sailors and dependents were issued stable iodine tablets then others in and related to a service were not issued the same, they are going to wonder why.

        How is issuing iodine tabs as a precaution a bad idea? TEPCO had 24 hours to warn the nearest populations of impending dangers. It was confirmed when Unit 1 blew up and the rest followed. Not that iodine tabs protect against all other radionuclides being released or continuous releases of radioactive iodine, might have given a few young and innocent a chance. Better chance if evacuated.

        Unit 3's plume was blown offshore initially, plenty of time to issue evacuation orders before the wind changed to onshore…someone needs to be sued just to prevent the scenario from happening again.


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        • HoTaters HoTaters

          OK, but it's supposed to take somewhere on the order of 48-72 hours to flood the thyroid with protective Potassium Iodate, or another form of iodine to protect the thyroid. Not that anyone had that much notice, anywhere near Japan.

          My family began taking Potassium Iodate (had some on hand we purchased years ago) back on 3/11. The plume was supposed to hit on 3/18/11 in the U.S. (West Coast), but as we now know, the first waves of radiation hit here on 3/15/11. We also prepared our house for sheltering in place. Not that any of these measures did a whole lot of good, in retrospect. Only time will tell. The "official" forecasts, even from NILU, were downplaying the risk. I doubt anyone outside some of the "inner circles" had any idea how bad the radiation releases were.


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          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Excuse me, we began taking the Potassium Iodate on 3/12/11, as soon as we heard there may have been meltdowns.


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          • razzz razzz

            HoTaters: I can't find the amount of time it takes to flood the thyroid after taking iodine tablets. I thought uptake was immediate and saturation depends on how deficient a body was to begin with.

            You can take iodine tabs before or at the beginning of an event for up to 10 days in the recommended dosage, some people will have side effects but the good outweighs the bad. The first dose will last 24 hours to 48 hours.

            When saturating your thyroid with stable iodine, you are actually taking about 700 times the recommend daily intake.


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      • pcjensen

        I think may come to realize this is not simple negligence. We shall likely see such things as collusion and intent to conceal vital data… not mere negligence. Just like Japan and TEPCO. It's criminal.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        It took awhile, and many military personnel died, but the government finally took responsibility for Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.

        It may take awhile, but it might make a difference in future health care. These military people are the tip of what's to come for all of us non-Japanese. They are the 'canaries in the coal mine'.


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    • kalidances

      Do you really think they'd risk losing everything, including benefits for their families, and risk getting jail time for faking symptoms just because they couldn't be transferred? Or do you mean they got so sick that they jumped on the lawsuit in retaliation? Fukushima has never been contained so they have been drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated foods this entire time.
      Do you think that they were somehow sheltered from the Fukushima radiation when the rest of the islands were not?
      If they've illegally filed they could have just gone with a traumatic stress or mental impairment claim and asked for documented treatment.


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  • markww markww

    its attempted murder and undue exposure to nuclear radiation and No safety standards were adhered to and also during disposal and clean up

    Markww


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  • PurpleRain

    It's very obvious from the video that the military's own safety standards were not properly followed, but I do believe TEPCO did have a responsibility to inform the US Military of what the actual conditions were in that geographic area before allowing personnel into the area who were not properly outfitted or equipped for the mission.


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  • Shammalammadingdong

    They'll be told the same thing we were told in the 90's.

    First meeting with the officer in charge of XXX syndrome had his comment of XXX syndrome does not exist.

    Suffering from XXX syndrome, I know it existed….after that meeting I also knew I'd never see any help for it.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    Having been exposed to a lot of radiation, watching the last "75" nuclear above ground blasts, & spending time on Bikini Atoll, it replaces your disc matter with a fatty substance. Your bladder, if left untreated has mega problems. You get bone cancer, like my dad, huge thyroid tumors like my mom, and leukemia or lymphoma which leaves you really weak. Guess which ones I have. I am a tough old bird still here promoting the "IMPEACHMENT AND OR ARREST OF THE TREASONOUS PRESIDENT OBAMANATION" who continues to poison our 50,000 troops in Japan, and our nation "4" times with totally unnecessary fallout. Mega worse than what my down-wind and upwind family experienced in the 1950's. John Wayne, as his film crew in 1956 all died of fallout related deaths in Monument Valley.


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  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Just blame it all on smoking tobacco! Yeah thats it, everyone died from smoking! "The Duke" … (John Wayne and his film crew) is it likely that Nuclear supported the "Tobacco Lies" ?


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  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    If the mortal remains of the deceased are still around, the unstable isotopes should still be there decaying with the mortal remains … is this an accurate statement ?


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