Without medical diagnosis, Utah sailor lives in limbo

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  • Chieftess Ivins, UT
    Aug. 19, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    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.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    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).

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    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.

  • Member Institute of Medicine Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 15, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    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.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Aug. 15, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    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 Apo, AP
    Aug. 15, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    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 by gain.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 15, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    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.

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 14, 2013 10:47 p.m.

    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.