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Allan Favish is a Los Angeles-based attorney whose focus is on General Insurance Defense and Litigation Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance & Bad Faith Litigation.  A UCLA graduate, he received his J.D. at Hastings College of Law in 1981.

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Radiation Injury and the Atomic Veteran: Shifting the Burden of Proof on Factual Causation

Thousands of American soldiers have been exposed to radiation from atmospheric nuclear explosions conducted by the United States Government. Many of these veterans are alleging this exposure has resulted in adverse health effects. The difficulty of proving such a causal relationship has frustrated most of their attempts to qualify for compensation from the Veterans Administration. In addition, the judiciary has held the United States immune from suit in these cases. This Note examines the circumstances surrounding the exposure of these soldiers and the administrative and legal barriers that now face them, including the burdens of proof regarding factual causation of radiation injury. The Note concludes that, because of the unreasonable nature of the government's conduct, the burden of proof should be shifted from the veterans to the government.

Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4 (March 1981)

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