If you are injured in the course and scope of your employment you are covered. However, even if your injury has nothing to do with your employment, you may still be covered under the Defense Base Act if you are considered to be in a “zone of danger.”
In our opinion, anyone working under a contract with the U.S. anywhere in Iraq or Afghanistan would be covered 24 hours per day due to the “zone of danger” rule.
Case law is very liberal in this regard and has afforded coverage to injured workers for a variety of injuries which had nothing to do with their employment.
If you are uncertain if you are covered, we invite you to contact us to discuss your particular situation. Our Experienced Defense Base Act attorneys will inform you of your rights, and fight to make sure you receive the full benefits you deserve.