The Defense Base Act (DBA) covers civilian contractors injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. The DBA provides valuable compensation, payable at 2/3 of your Average Weekly Wage (AWW), for so long as your treating physician says you are unable to work. The DBA also provides reasonable and necessary medical care for so long as the nature of the injury and the process of recovery may require. Medical care is for life in a DBA case. While many insurance companies fight against your right to collect compensation and to obtain reasonable and necessary medical care, there is a process that allows you to fight back. We can bring your case to an informal conference (IC) at the level of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) of the Department of Labor where we request a written recommendation in your favor. If that does not get you the benefits you deserve, we can ask for your case to go up to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) for an evidentiary hearing. If you are unsuccessful at that level, we can file an appeal to the Benefits Review Board (BRB) and then up to the Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals for the Circuit where your case is brought. We have successfully handled DBA cases at each of these levels. We know what to do to get you the benefits you deserve, and we will not stop until we exhaust each of these levels in our effort to obtain a favorable decision for you. Contact us for a free consultation regarding your rights under the DBA.

Clifford R. Mermell, Esq.

Clifford R. Mermell, Esq., created the law firm of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. on March 1, 1996. Mr. Mermell has been the senior and managing partner of the firm since its creation. The firm was created to champion the rights of injured workers nationwide. It represents cases under the Worker’s Compensation, Wrongful Termination, Personal Injury, Admiralty and Maritime, Defense Base Act, and Longshore & Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act Laws.


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