Defense Base Act (DBA) Attorneys Explain Benefits Injured Workers Are Entitled To Recover If Injured In Iraq Or Afghanistan

Clifford R. Mermell, Esq. has handled Defense Base Act cases for the past 22 years.  He has helped residents of Florida win big cases for injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Mr. Mermell has helped over 2,000 injured workers obtain valuable compensation and medical benefits.  Although his main office is in Miami, he has traveled throughout the United States to help workers who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan covered under the Defense Base Act.  Mr. Mermell handles Defense Base Act cases for clients who reside in any city in the United States, including, Miami, Florida, New York, New York, Detroit, Michigan, L.A., California, Fort Worth, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dallas Texas, Fayettville, North Carolina, Macomb, Michigan, Riverside, California, Chatanooga, Tennessee or any other city in the U.S . Did you know that you can have your Defense Base Act case tried in the venue of your choice? We can help you get your case to trial if the insurance company is resisting your benefits, and we can make them come to a venue of your choice, as close to where you live as possible. Call us today for a free consultation. We will educate you on several things that you need to be doing right now to protect your rights. We have over 36 years of combined experience helping injured workers under the Defense Base Act.
Also in this article Defense Base Act Attorney Clifford R. Mermell Explains Benefits Injured Workers Are Entitled To Recover If Injured In Iraq Or Afghanistan While Covered By The Defense Base Act:
The Defense Base Act (“DBA”) provides workers’ comp benefits to civilian employees and private military contractors injured while working outside the U.S. on bases or working for a company under a U.S. Government contract for national defense or for public works. The majority of claims today result from injuries sustained while working overseas in Afghanistan or Iraq.
There are two types of injuries under the Defense Base Act: 1) Scheduled Injuries and 2) Unscheduled Injuries. Scheduled injuries provide a set number of weeks of benefits when particular body parts are injured. Below is a listing of the scheduled injuries under Section 908 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”), as extended by the Defense Base Act:
Scheduled Injuries:
(1) Arm lost, 312 weeks’ compensation.
(2) Leg lost, 288 weeks’ compensation.
(3) Hand lost, 244 weeks’ compensation.
(4) Foot lost, 205 weeks’ compensation.
(5) Eye lost, 160 weeks’ compensation.
(6) Thumb lost, 75 weeks’ compensation.
(7) First finger lost, 46 weeks’ compensation.
(8) Great (big) toe lost, 38 weeks’ compensation.
(9) Second finger lost, 30 weeks’ compensation.
(10) Third finger lost, 25 weeks’ compensation.
(11) Toe other than great (big) toe lost, 16 weeks’ compensation.
(12) Fourth (ring) finger lost, 15 weeks’ compensation.
(13) Compensation for loss of hearing in one ear, 52 weeks’ compensations.
(14) Compensation for loss of hearing in both ears, 200 weeks compensation
All other injuries are considered to be unscheduled injuries under the DBA, for example injures to the head, neck, shoulders, back and hips and emotional injuries such as PTSD, depression or anxiety.
The formula to determine the number of weeks of benefits available is determined by your doctor, by calculating your impairment rating based upon the AMA Guides after you reach your maximum medical improvement.
If you have any questions about your benefits under the Defense Base Act, please contact Clifford R. Mermell, Esq.
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