U.S.S. Ronald Reagan Sailors Filing Suit Over Radiation Exposure by Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Hit By Tsunami

A lawsuit has been filed in California Federal Court, arising from the aftermath of the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami strike on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011.  Following the Fukushima disaster,  The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, hailing from San Diego, California, with approximately 5,500 crew members responded to the relief effort Japan dubbed as “Operation Tomadachi.”  Many of these crew members have since come down with various illnesses and cancers–which are known to be caused by nuclear radiation exposure.

The lawsuit alleges that the plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese government.  Claims have been brought forth that the Japanese government conspired with TEPCO to conceal the real danger involved to anyone who came within  the exposure range.

The claims in the lawsuit include the assertion that during the time the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan was assisting in the operation, the Japanese government gave false assurances that it was safe to be in the area, including such statements as “everything is under control,” “all is OK, you can trust us’” and there is “no immediate danger.” It is further alleged that Japan and TEPCO were aware of far greater risks of harm and health than they advised the relief effort of.

The 37 page petition details numerous causes of action ranging from fraud and misrepresentation to gross negligence. Damages are sought in the amount of 10 million dollars per injured navy sailor, 30 million in punitive damages and a 100 million dollar long-term medical care fund.

Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.  are proud to represent one of the sailors who was on board of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan at the time of this disaster.  Please contact Simmons and Fletcher toll free at 1-800-298-0111 for more information on this catastrophic event if you or someone you love was aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan on March 11, 2011.  Please do not delay as there are very strict statutes of limitations on personal injury and maritime claims that may bar your right of recovery if you fail to act timely.

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