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Civilian Workers Injured Abroad
Were you injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or anywhere overseas while working for a U.S. company?
If so, you are covered under the Defense Base Act (DBA) which is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Our firm can handle your claim if you are a civilian injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or anywhere overseas while working for a U.S. company under a contract with the U.S. government when you suffered your accident.
What is the Defense Base Act?
The Defense Base Act provides workers' compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense.
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The knowledgable DBA lawyers at The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. have represented civilians injured under the Defense Base Act from every state in the United States and from many countries around the world. Whether you are a U.S. citizen or a foreign national, our qualified DBA attorneys are ready to represent you.
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Our skilled Defense Base Act lawyers are proud to obtain significant cash settlements for our clients. With our experience, knowledge and reputation, you can be sure that you will either get an excellent settlement, or have your case pushed to trial with a great chance of success.
Who is Covered Under the Defense Base Act?
The Defense Base Act covers civilian employees and/or contractors who are injured while assisting the US military under a contract with the US government in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Kuwait. The Defense Base Act also covers civilian employees injured on any military base outside of the United States.
What Are the Benefits Under the Defense Base Act?
The Defense Base Act extends Longshore benefits to civilian employees injured while working overseas. The types of benefits provided under the Longshore Act, as extended by the Defense Base Act, include compensation for lost wages and reasonable and necessary medical care. Compensation is paid at 2/3 of your average weekly wage for so long as your doctor says that you are unable to work.
What Injuries Are Covered Under the Defense Base Act?
At The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., we have handled injuries to the head, neck, back, arms, legs, feet, hands, shoulders, knees, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder injuries, psychiatric injuries, injuries to the heart, respiratory injuries. We have handled the claims of interpreters, security specialists, mechanics, truck drivers, bus drivers, food workers, and every other kind of employee.
Injuries can be classified into two categories:
Injuries to a Specific Body Part
Injuries to a specific body part, such as an arm, leg, hand, foot, eye, finger, or hearing loss.
Injuries to the Body as a Whole
An injury to the body as a whole would include the head, the neck, shoulders, back, hips, psychiatric claims and occupational diseases.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured Under the Defense Base Act?
01. Report Your Accident to Your Employer
You should immediately report your accident to your employer. The law requires you to report your accident within 30 days. There are some exceptions to this, however, the general rule is that you have an obligation to report your accident within 30 days.
02. Request Medical Care From Your Employer
You should request medical care from your employer with a doctor of your own choosing. The law requires your employer to furnish medical care for injuries on the job. The law requires your employer to allow you to choose your own doctor.
Keep in mind that if you are working in what is considered to be a zone of special danger, you will be covered 24 hours per day even if you were not performing work related activities. In our opinion, anyone injured in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria will be covered 24 hours per day for any injuries as a result of the zone of special danger rule.
Before coming back from overseas, try to collect your medical records and obtain an opinion that documents your injuries, provides your work status, and makes recommendations for future care and treatment.
03. Contact The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. for Representation
Contact a qualified Defense Base Act lawyer who understands the complexities of handling this type of case. At The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P. A., our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience handling Defense Base Act cases. We have seen every type of injury; we have handled these cases at every stage of trial; and we have seen every kind of issue imaginable. We know the tricks that the insurance companies play, and we can beat them at their own game.
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