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What is an Explosively Formed Penetrator?

What is an Explosively Formed Penetrator?

An Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) is an Iranian weapon used to penetrate armor, create damage, and destroy targets via explosively formed projectiles similar to coffee cans in shape. EFPs were first developed during World War II as an effective way to take action from a stand-off distance. The larger stand-off range is a significant advantage that makes EFPs unique from other “superbombs.” This type of improvised explosive device (IED) is extremely dangerous, deadly, and destructive.

Effects of EFPs

In Iraq and Afghanistan, approximately 50-67% of American troops were either killed or injured by EFPs. Between 2005 and 2011, EFPs injured nearly 900 US troops and killed at least 196, according to The Seattle Times. Mental and physical impairments are common byproducts of explosive devices like IEDs and EFPs. Funds are readily available for those injured by roadside bombs while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many of these explosive attacks were funded by foreign banks and other financiers of terrorist groups that provided Iran with illegal financing and access to the US and other international banking systems. A few of the banks include HSBC, Barclays, Standard Chartered, and Credit Suisse. Additional organizations involved were Hezbollah, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s Qods Force, and Shia Terrorist Organizations.

Who Can File under the Anti-Terrorism Act?

The Anti-Terrorism Act was created in 1992 to defend the United States against terrorism and allows victims thereof to sue financiers of terrorist groups to recover their damages threefold.

These catastrophic injury claims can be filed by current or former members of the US armed forces and/or their family members. Filing an IED/EFP injury lawsuit will not affect VA disability claims.

Contact Our Firm Today

The attorneys on our team are dedicated to help former servicemembers or civilians killed, injured, or affected by EFPs. Suffering a combat-related injury can be a physical and mental burden. Contact us today to get one step closer to receiving the disability compensation you deserve.

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