Typical reaction from the military. No one wants to accept responsibility for
their actions because it might be detrimental to their careers.The ships
Captain, anyone at the Pentagon, Congress, the Senate.... no one in charge is in
charge when there is a problem.Come on Senator Mike Lee, this is your
opportunity to do one thing right during your term in office. Step forward and
help this guy out and put off shutting down the government one extra day.
With 5,500 sailors on that ship, how many others have similar health issues? If
others have similar health issues then there is a very strong possibilty that
the government is covering things up, just as the government covered up their
responsibility for the "down winders" here in Utah. However, if that
sailor is the only one with health problems, he may just be unlucky enough to
have a disease unrelated to that mission.Here in my area in a
neighborhood of about 500 people, there have been more than a dozen people who
have suffered with various kinds of cancer. My wife and I thought about that
high rate because we lost a daughter to cancer. That rate seems extremely high
for so small of a population. In other words, sometimes bad things happen to
good people. It's unfortunate, but we can't always assign blame.
Association does not equal causation. Although this sailor got sick around that
time, the temporal factors could be completely irrelevant. Signs and
symptoms of radiation sickness are well described and identifiable. The fact
that: a)he has seen several doctors without a diagnosis, including radiation
sickness, (though if the doctors were able to comment they very well may
disagree) and b)that he is suing for 3 Billion dollars certainly muddies the
waters. I wish our legal system didn't reward the
McDonald's-coffee-spillers of the world so that truth wasn't obscured
I was quite healthy in August of 2000, until I got hit by presumably a virus and
suffered an inner-ear affliction. It took me 5 years to recover. Undeserved
bad things can happen.
japancougar; contrary to your comment, he is not part of the lawsuit. hope
this clarifies the point. however, I do agree with you about the
'lawsuit'. if 150 people are suing for 3billion dollars, what would
be the amount awarded to the 'victims'. it would be $20,000,000 now
at 20million each, they would make as much if not more than the best paid of
athletes. what a killing! however, I'm sure the attorney will take a
substantial amount of this if they win.
I am sorry for the plight of Lt.j.g. Simmons and appreciate his service to the
country. However, if this news article is accurate, his condition is very
unlikely to have anything to do with radiation exposure. His putative exposure
was in March, 2011, and he did not develop symptoms until November. The
symptoms of radiation sickness appear within hours to days depending on the dose
of radiation. According to the article, he was aboard ship off the coast of
Japan, so it is unlikely that he would have been the only one aboard that was
exposed. If he really had significant radiation exposure, medical testing would
likely reveal results consistent with radiation sickness. Finally, people with
radiation sickness either die within a few months or recover. Lt.j.g. Simmons
should look for answers elsewhere because radiation exposure is not the culprit.
If he does not trust military medical care, he should seek a second opinion. He
could use some of the funds he is trying to raise for a house, since health is
more important than a house.
The article stated that there were others on the ship with medical problems
since they were there but most of them have filed the big lawsuit. So He
wasn't the "only unlucky one" on the ship. Read the whole article
and then make your statements. Thank You for stepping up and serving your
country. To bad your country doesn't step up and serve you now.
hey its me; the article states 'sailors and marines' it doesn't
state that they were shipmates of this sailor. and to Lt Simmons; Thank you for
your willingness to put it on the line for US (us).
I hope they are able to find a cause for Simmons' health problems. It is
pretty sad that he automatically thinks he is being lied to. @ Hey:
Nowhere in the article does it state the 150 sailors and Marines being
represented by the attorney were on the same ship as Simmons.@
Shimlau: The $3 billion is not just for the 150 the attorney is currently
representing. It is to be set up in a fund for victims. Victim's funds
follow specific procedures. There will be a process by which those who may be
victims of the disaster will be able to file a claim. If the claim is approved,
the victim will receive money to compensate them for medical expenses, lost
wages from being unable to work, possibly home renovations for accommodation of
physical conditions caused by related illness, minus any money received from
insurance or other relevant sources. No one - not even the original
150 individuals - will automatically receive a huge chunk of money.And, yes - just as you get paid for the work you do, the attorney will be paid
for his work.
It's true that he could have a sickness that mimics radiation sickness, and
symptoms may have been triggered by the exposure to radiation. There are a lot
of rare muscle diseases that kick in at about that age, but if he is seeing only
the military's doctors due to having military insurance then it is also
possible that they have been taught to withhold a diagnosis that implicates the
military. Very possible. How many other illnesses need to be ruled out before
they are allowed to make a diagnosis of radiation sickness? Is there a standard
for that, probably not? His only hope might be to pay out of pocket to see
outside medical providers.