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Justice Against Sponsors Of Terrorism Act (jasta) Claims

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JASTA Bill Allows 9/11 Victims to File Lawsuits

If you have been injured, lost a loved one, or suffered business losses due to an act of international terrorism, contact Thomas J. Henry to set up a free consultation. We will investigate your claim and determine if it falls within the JASTA statute. 

In September 2016, lawmakers passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This groundbreaking law allows victims of terrorist attacks to sue any person, entity, or foreign country determined to have provided support to the organizations or persons responsible for a terrorist act.

Litigation under JASTA will not be easy. In many instances, plaintiffs will be facing foreign countries with billions of dollars at their disposal. Fortunately, Thomas J. Henry has the money, resources, and experience to pursue these foreign entities and see that justice is served. Contact a lawyer for a free consultation now.

Do I Have a Claim Under the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)?

JASTA provides victims of terrorist attacks with a broad basis through which to pursue a claim. However, there are a few prerequisites which must be met in order for a lawsuit to be filed.

  1. The plaintiff must be a U.S. national.
  2. The plaintiff must have suffered physical injury, property damage, or lost a loved one to an act of international terrorism.
  3. The act of international terrorism must have occurred on U.S. soil.
  4. The liable party must have knowingly provided substantial assistance to or conspired with a person or entity responsible for the terrorist act.
  5. The terrorist act must have been committed, planned, or authorized by an organization that had been designated as a foreign terrorist organization under 8 U.S.C. 1189 as of the date the act was carried out.
  6. The act of international terrorism must have taken place on or after September 11, 2001.
  7. JASTA does not cover injuries or death resulting from negligence or acts of war.

How do I Start My JASTA 9/11 Claim?

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to an act of international terrorism, contact Thomas J. Henry. In a JASTA claim, you will not be going up against an individual or even a large company. In most instances, you will be facing a foreign government with a team of lawyers and immeasurable amounts of money.

Thomas J. Henry employs a team of more than 100 attorneys and has the experience, tools, and resources to pursue liable parties well beyond U.S. borders. The firm also offers a “No Fee Guarantee.” This means that your case will be handled on a contingency-fee basis – you do not pay any attorney’s fees unless and until your case is won.

What Does the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) Mean for Victims of Terrorism?

In the past, victims who were injured or lost loved ones to a terrorist act had little to no legal recourse through which to seek relief. This meant that in addition to struggling with the physical and emotional trauma of terrorist attack, victims were left to face the financial burden of their injuries or a wrongful death all on their own.

JASTA means there is now relief for families who had loved ones in the World Trade Center or the Pentagon on September 11. It means justice for those lives lost on American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93. It means fair compensation to first responders and recovery workers who now suffering from debilitating and terminal conditions.

In short, JASTA means victims of any act of international terrorism no longer have to face their struggles alone.

How Does JASTA Differ from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund?

The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, commonly referred to as the VCF, was established by an Act of Congress as part of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 USC 40101). Under the act, victims could apply to receive compensation through the fund in exchange for their agreement to not pursue legal action against the airline corporations involved (i.e. American Airlines and United Airlines).

JASTA, on the other hand, allows civil litigants to pursue additional legal action against foreign entities. This means that even if you received compensation through the VCF, you are still able to pursue a lawsuit against foreign persons, organizations, and countries who aided and abetted the terrorist organizations responsible for an attack.

Examples of JASTA Claim Types

JASTA allows for civil actions to arise out of an injury to a person, property, or business.

  • JASTA INJURY AND DEATH CLAIMS
    • Wrongful death of a loved one as the result of a specific terrorist act.
      • Claimants may include:
        • Spouse
        • Child/Children
        • Parent
    • Physical Bodily Injury as the result of a specific terrorist act
    • Cancers and other medical complications as the result of a specific terrorist act
  • JASTA CLAIMS FOR BUSINESS LOSSES
    • Loss of Profits
    • Property Damage
    • Business Interruption
    • Affected industries include:
      • Hospitality
      • Retail
      • Manufacturing
      • Financial Services
      • Travel
      • Real Estate
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