If you are a contractor who has been injured on the job while working overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan or on any military base across the world, your case is covered by the Defense Base Act which is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  At the Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., we have a combination of over 43 years of experience in representing injured workers covered by the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.   Let us put our years of experience and our reputation to work for you today!  Contact us today at mail@gmpcomplaw.com, or go on our website at www.dbalawyers.com and fill out our form on the contact us page, or call us at 305 595 3350.

Here are some very interesting facts and case summaries regarding psychological care in a DBA or Longshore case coming directly from the Longshore Deskbook from the Benefits Review Board.  The Longshore Desk Book is a searchable website which is a public record.  According to the Longshore Deskbook:

Where relevant evidence establishes that claimant’s psychological condition was caused, at least in part, by her work injury, and that she was treated, at least in part, for her work-related condition, claimant is entitled to benefits for this treatment. The Board also held that there is no evidence to support the administrative law judge’s conclusion that the degree of claimant’s pain is not sufficient to justify psychological services. The Board accordingly remanded for the administrative law judge to enter an award of medical benefits for those expenses deemed reasonable and necessary for treatment of claimant’s psychological condition. Kelley v. Bureau of Nat’l Affairs, 20 BRBS 169 (1988).

A claimant is entitled to medical benefits for a work-related injury, in this case a psychological condition as well as a physical condition, even if that injury is not economically disabling. Cotton v. Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., 23 BRBS 380 (1990).

If you have a question about medical benefits and entitlement to treat with a psychologist in your DBA or Longshore case, Contact Us today at mail@gmpcomplaw.com, or go on our website at www.dbalawyers.com and fill out our form on the contact us page, or call us at 305 595 3350.

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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