- Defense Base Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
- Florida Workers' Compensation Act
- Maritime Law / Jones Act
- Personal Injury Law
- Over $100,000,000.00 obtained in benefits and/or settlements for our clients over the past 15 years
- Over 43 years of combined attorney experience protecting rights of injured workers
- Over 2,000 injured workers' cases
- Over 6,000 claims filed on behalf of injured workers
- Over 2,000 mediations on behalf of injured workers
- Over 3,000 claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
- Over 200 injured workers' cases taken to trial
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Texas Defense Base Act Lawyers
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We have over 43 years of combined attorney experience handling Defense Base Act cases throughout the world. No matter where you live and no matter where you were injured, you can feel confident that we can and will provide the help you need.
Our firm represents residents of Texas who have been injured in Iraq, Afghanistan or any other foreign country as a result of an accident covered under the Defense Base Act. We have the experience, reputation and knowledge to get you the benefits you deserve. We have represented over 2,000 injured workers under the Defense Base Act and/or the Longshore Act. We have helped injured workers through every phase of their case, from the filing of the claim, to informal conference, to mediation, to trial and through appeals if necessary. Our tenacious advocacy has resulted in extremely favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients. Let us put our experience, reputation and knowledge to work for you to make sure that you receive the benefits you deserve and/or a favorable lump sum cash settlement.
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:
(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. or any of our team of qualified lawyers and paralegals. We are here to help you. Fill out the form on our website for your 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. Call us now 305 595 3350 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you are a civilian who has been injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, South America, Puerto Rico or anywhere overseas where the U.S. has a military defense base or while working to aid in the mission of the U.S. government, we can help you get fair compensation, medical care and a favorable lump sum cash settlement for your injuries under the Defense Base Act.
Contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation with our Defense Base Act Lawyers. Our dedicated staff will provide you with the attention and consideration that you deserve in your time of need. We will devote ourselves to protecting your interests and obtaining the maximum benefits that your case merits.
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