The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A.
Dedicated to the representation of injured workers under the Defense Base Act
Defense Base Act Injuries
Have you been injured in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere overseas while working for a private company under a contract with the U.S.? If so, you are most likely covered under the Defense Base Act. We handle Defense Base Act cases against Halliburton, KBR, DynCorp, Armor Group, Bechtel, Triple Canopy, S.Y. Coleman, Titan, Blackwater, L-3 Communications and any other employer under contract with the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. You are entitled to benefits under the Defense Base Act even if your employer is not an American company. If you are covered by the Defense Base Act, we can help you secure valuable compensation and medical benefits. We can also help you negotiate a favorable lump sum cash settlement.
Currently, there are thousands of workers who are injured on reconstruction projects in war-torn Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the Middle East. Due to the region’s hostile and dangerous conditions, civilian workers are too often placed in harm’s way with high risks of job injuries or even death. Any company working under contract with the U.S. must provide their employees with benefit coverage under the Defense Base Act for injuries on the job. We can help you figure out your rights.
If you are injured in the course and scope of your employment, you are covered. However, even if your injury has nothing to do with your employment, you most likely will still be covered under the Defense Base Act if you are considered to be in a “zone of danger.” In our opinion, anyone working under a contract with the U.S. anywhere in Iraq or Afghanistan would be covered 24 hours per day due to the “zone of danger” rule. Case law is very liberal in this regard and has afforded coverage to injured workers for a variety of injuries which had nothing to do with their employment. For example, if you are working in Iraq or Afghanistan and you are done working for the day and you slip and fall in the shower, you would be covered under the Defense Base Act.
The US government continues to hire American companies to build Embassies and other US government buildings overseas in countries such as England, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. The US military maintains forces in Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Panama, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, Guam and other foreign countries. As a consequence, any civilian workers hired to aid the US government’s mission abroad will be covered under the Defense Base Act.
Areas of Specialization
- Defense Base Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- Florida Workers’ Compensation Act
- Maritime Law / Jones Act
- Personal Injury Law
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Law Firm’s Highlights
- Over $100,000,000.00 obtained in benefits and/or settlements for our clients over the past 15 years
- Over 43 years of combined attorney experience protecting rights of injured workers
- Over 2,000 injured workers’ cases
- Over 6,000 claims filed on behalf of injured workers
- Over 2,000 mediations on behalf of injured workers
- Over 3,000 claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
- Over 200 injured workers’ cases taken to trial
Contact a competent Defense Base Act Lawyer today at Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. No matter where you live and no matter where you were injured, we have the experience, education, training and reputation you need to bring your DBA case to a successful resolution.
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