The lawyers and staff at the Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. offer condolences to the families of three American Contractors killed on Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport.  The killings serve as a reminder of the threats faced by the roughly 10,600 U.S. troops and the tens of thousand of American contractors who remain in Afghanistan, mostly to train and advise Afghan security forces.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.  Apparently the shooter was an Afghan soldier.

If you or a loved one is a contractor who has been injured or killed 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 attorney experience in representing injured workers covered by the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  Our lawyers and paralegals provide compassionate assistance to those in their time of need.   Let us put our years of training, 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.

The death benefit section of the DBA is Section 9(b) which provides a formula for benefits for surviving spouses and children of deceased employees.  Initially, the subsection states that if there is a widow or widower and no children of the deceased, the widow or widower is entitled to 50 percent of the decedent’s average weekly wage, payable “during widowhood, or dependent widowerhood.”  If there are children, the children share up to an additional 16 and 2/3 percent of the average weekly wage such that the maximum benefit for dependent spouse and child or children is 66 2/3 percent of the decedent’s average weekly wage.  In addition, the DBA provides an amount for funeral expenses.

If you have a question about death benefits 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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