If you are an employee of a civilian contractor
injured while working under a U.S. Government contract in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, or anywhere in the world, we can
Our attorneys are experienced in the
investigation and prosecution of Defense Base Act claims
before the U.S. Department of Labor. We are known for our
responsiveness, thorough and hands-on litigation style,
investigative and negotiating skills and our accessibility to
our clients. We go wherever you need us to be.
Grossman and his Team, a Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Emeritus
Specialist, are practiced in litigating Defense Base Act
claims throughout the United States and can help ensure you
receive the benefits you are entitled to. We collect a fee,
usually from your employer’s insurance company, only if we
recover compensation for you.
For injured workers residing in the United States your Defense Base Act claim will be handled by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs District Directors in the following cities:
Third Country National (TCN) claims are administratively handled by the New York District Director until the claim requires a hearing before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Your final hearing will be scheduled to take place in your country at the largest city nearest your home town. Wherever you need us to be ...We will be present with you at your final hearing.
If you reside outside the United States, through modern technology we are equipped to attend conferences with you, your witnesses and expert depositions anywhere in the world.
The Defense Base Act affords compensation benefits to those
engaged in employment, such as:
Civilian contractors working in England, South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait under
a U.S. government contract.
Any military, air, or naval base acquired by
the United States.
Upon land occupied or used by the government for
military or naval purposes in any territory or possession
outside the continental United States.
Any public work in
any territory or possession outside the continental United
States if the employee is engaged under the contract of a
contractor with the United States.
According to the Department of Defense, as of March 31, 2010, there were 250,335 DOD contractor personal in the Iraq and Afghanistan theatre. Contractors make up aproximately 48% of DOD's combined contractor and unifored personal workforce in the CENTCOM AOR.
Acording to the most recent OWCP statistics through September 30, 2010, there have been 2,400 civilian contractor deaths and 26,650 lost time injuries of more than 4 days.
Breathing dust, fumes, and other toxic substances from burn pits, exposed troops, contactors, and civilians deployed overseas to serious health hazards. Some of the chemicals were very toxic carcinogens and are deadly.
At US Senate hearings it was revealed that the toxic carcinogen, Sodium Dichromate (CAS 10588-01-9), was spread across the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant near Basra,Iraq, exposing both soldiers and civilian contactors of KBR, Halliburton, and the Iraqi Oil Company in the spring and summer of 2003. Thousands of individuals may have been exposed.
To speak with one of our Defense Base
Act attorneys today call 800-940-8048. If you would like us to contact you, please email Grossman Attorneys at Law.. Our attorneys never charge a fee for
consultations and are available at night and on the