Defense Base Act Claims

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Our attorneys, Timothy Nies, is a former United States Army Airborne Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Attorney Christian Van Riper, is a former felony prosecuting trial attorney, are uniquely qualified and experienced in representing injured civilian contractors under the Defense Base Act before the U.S. Department of Labor.  For more information visit our site:

Timothy suffered a severe knee injury during a parachute mission.  He underwent months of rehabilitation in Fort Benning, Georgia, but unfortunately was unable to stay in the Army. Soon after being medically discharged from the service, Timothy attended law shool in Florida. Being a disabled veteran, Timothy, more than most other injury attorneys, knows just what it is like to sustain a life-changing injury, to overcome the injury and to provide for his family. 

It is important to understand the history of the Defense Base Act. In 1940, the U.S. began building and expanding U.S. military bases overseas in preparation for the growing possibility of war with Germany and Japan. To make sure that the American civilians working overseas had coverage for injuries, the  Congress created the Defense Base Act. The law, intended as a temporary measure for World War II, was only 2,000 words long. Essentially, it said that contractors working overseas had to purchase insurance similar to that required by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, passed in 1927.

Fast forward to the present time, civilian military contractors have played a critical role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, delivering supplies, fuel and water to frontline troops, guarding U.S. diplomats and translating for soldiers and marines in treacherous raids. More than 1,400 civilian workers have died and 32,000 have been wounded or injured in the two war zones. 

In accordance with the U.S. Defense Base Act, these civilian contractors, both Americans and foreigners, are to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, the truth is that civilian workers who suffered devastating injuries while supporting the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq have come home to a grinding battle for basic medical care, artificial limbs, psychological counseling and other services. The civilians have to fight a federally supervised insurance system marked by high costs and excessive delays. The lawyers at our firm are aggressive and proactive in their fight against these insurance companies who regularly and wrongfully deny claims of their injured clients.

If you were injured overseas for a company under a U.S. Government contrat, compensation under the Defense Base Act may not be your only recourse.  In some instances, someone other than your employer shares responsibility, such as another contractor or manufacturer of a weapon or machinery. We will pursue all responsible persons or entities on your behalf. 

Our attorneys know how to find all possible avenues of compensation for your injury, and we are not afraid to take on major companies and insurers like Chartis and CNA.  

All our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not take a fee or charge any costs unless we win.

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Representation: Our injury trial law firm represents private military contractors in in Ankona, Cana, Carlton, Collins Park Estates, Eden, Eldred, Fort Pierce, Glidden Park, Indian River Estates, Indrio, Lakewood Park, Paradise Park, Port Saint Lucie, Queens, Ft. Pierce, Queens Cove, Port St. Lucie, River Park, Saint Lucie, Sunland Gardens, Viking, Walton, Hutchinston Island South, Waveland and White City, FL.  Fort Pierce North, Florida.  Stuart Personal Injury Attorneys. legal advice after an accident.

 Injury attorney with military background in Port St. Lucie.  U.S. Veteran now personal injury lawyer helps contractors of KBR, Dyncorp and other military contractors.  Back injuries from working in Iraq or Afghanistan. Auto accident, personal injury, lawyers in Stuart, Florida. Workers Comp attorneys. Free legal advice.Litigation Defense Base Act claims.

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Florida Defense Base Act lawyers. Our Defense Base Act lawyers assist employees of  Xe, KBR, SOC-SMG, Halliburton, Blackwater, SEII and others who have been injured overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan and are owed compensation and medical benefits under the U.S. Defense Base Act for construction injuries, truck accidents, helicopter crashes, car accidents, IED and RPG attacks, slip and falls, Machinery injuries, assaults, explosions, fires, fights. Neck injuries under the Defense Base Act.  Our attorneys represent contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq in car accidents, truck accidents, electrical accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, IED attacks, hearing loss claims and back injuries.

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can represent civilian contractors in all states, including, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia,  Texas, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, California, Texas, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, Alabama, and all other states. 

If you are an overseas contractor injured while employed by a company under a U.S. Government contract, we can assist you with your DBA claim through the OWCP. Our attorneys are experienced in handling claims of injured contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as contractors in Puerto Rico who need help with the Defense Base Act claim, which falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.  Defense Base Act Lawyers.

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