The Defense Base Act covers civilian contractors injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. The Defense Base Act 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 Defense Base Act 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.

For more information please contact DBA Lawyer Clifford Mermell

8603 South Dixie Highway
Suite 205
Miami, FL 33143


Toll Free
1.877 IRAQ INJ

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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