Defense Base Act
Defense Base Act Claims Lawyers in Los Angeles
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker has been successfully helping our clients for the past 35 years, recovering more than $1 billion dollars in settlements and verdicts. To date, our knowledgeable team of attorneys has helped over 100,000 clients throughout California and Arizona. If you or a loved one is seeking Defense Base Act assistance, we can help. Email us today using our case submission form or call us at (800) 333-0000 for a free consultation. We'll fight for you!®
What is the Defense Base Act?
The Defense Base Act of 1941 was designed to provide compensation for injuries sustained by U.S. civilian contractors while serving our military or government outside the United States. By law, almost every civilian contract employee in Iraq and Afghanistan must be covered under Defense Base Act insurance.
However, an increasing numbers of reports show insurance companies unjustifiably denying benefits or paying insignificant amounts for valid Defense Base Act claims. These claims not only consist of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other stress-induced mental conditions, but also consist of physical injury including disability, dismemberment, and even death.
PTSD Claim Denials
For example, contractors suffering from PTSD have been denied such coverage. PTSD is a life-changing anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an event or threat of extreme violence. There are differing reports regarding the prevalence of PTSD in soldiers returning home, with estimates ranging from 1 in 8 veterans to nearly 1 in 2 veterans.
Soldiers are not the only persons in Iraq and Afghanistan exposed to the constant threat of violence and danger. Civilian contractors also deal with the daily threats of working in a war zone, exposed to many of the same dangers that face the military, sometimes at an even higher risk of danger.
A soldier or civilian contractor who develops PTSD may have been the victim, known the victim, or simply witnessed the traumatic event. Symptoms usually materialize within 3 months of the event, but can develop years later. PTSD symptoms can persist for varying lengths of time, sometimes becoming chronic.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has worked as a civilian contractor for the United States government in Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other occupied territory and suffers from PTSD or other work-related injuries, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker wants to help. We have over 35 years experience in assuring that our clients are treated fairly by insurance companies. Fill out our case submission form or give us a call at (800) 333-0000 for a free, no obligation consultation with complete confidentiality.
Our experienced team of attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker practices law throughout California and Arizona with offices in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Riverside, Bakersfield, Fresno, Phoenix, and Tucson.