Afghanistan has unfortunately seen more suicide bombings in the recent past.  Bomb blasts can unleash the forces equivalent to a category five hurricane.  Bomb blasts can cause severe and debilitating permanent injuries.  The most common injuries we have handled from civilian contractors injured by bomb blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan are:  concussion, mild to severe traumatic brain injury, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, lung injuries, shrapnel injuries, tinnitus, hearing loss and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The shock wave from a bomb blast violently shakes the brain and spinal cord which results in severe injuries.  Most of our clients that were close to a significant bomb blast were knocked unconscious for at least a brief period of time.  If you are near a bomb blast and you do not hear the explosion, the most likely reason is that you were temporarily knocked unconscious.  This can result in mild to severe traumatic brain injury which is often characterized by headaches, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, memory problems, agitation, anxiety and depression.  If you were close to a bomb blast in Afghanistan and have any of the above mentioned injuries, Contact Us today.  Our qualified Defense Base Act Attorneys are here to help you with any questions you have regarding your DBA case.

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. At the Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., our qualified defense base act lawyers have a combination of over 43 years of experience in representing injured workers covered by the Defense Base Act.  Let us put our years of experience and our reputation to work for you today! Contact us today at, or go on our website at 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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