Civilian Contractors Updates
Garfinkel Schwartz is a Defense Base law firm providing civilian contractors updates on world conflicts so you’re prepared before going to work overseas.
We’re a fourth generation defense base act law firm Garfinkel Schwartz founded in 1976 that wants you to know about the countries that you travel to so that before you go you know the laws in that country and help you assert your rights under the umbrella law–the Defense Base Act law–that covers civilian contractors around the globe.
Defense Base Act Law Garfinkel Schwartz helps contractors receive the medical care and financial benefits due to them under the Defense Base Act law.
We’re very frank and uniquely aware of the many world conflicts that civilian contractors are working in. We provide regular updates about the situations going on in the world so that we know first where and why contractors will be sent overseas.
There are many world conflicts to watch in 2017 including:
- Central America
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- East China Sea
- South America
- South China Sea
- The Middle East
Get Answers: Know Before You Go
Do you have a plan for safe return from the dangerous locations you’re traveling to? Do know how to get out of the countries safely if you’re injured while working in a war zone? Will your employer make sure you get the medical care you need if they’re in another country far, far away from where you’re being treated?
We need to know because we want to be able to answer your questions. You’ll want to know if your family reach you if you’re hurt? What if you’re unconscious? What is the company or who is the hospital correspondent that you’ll be able to talk to overseas about the status of your loved one?
Has your employer set up a chain of communication that begins from the moment you are airlifted to the closest medical facility? Who’s on the ground at the hospital giving your loved ones updates?
Are you healthy enough to fly back to the U.S. for major surgeries or will you have to make do with the doctors in the country where you’ve been injured?
Will the insurance company make sure you get the best care or the cheapest care? Can your family fly safely to the hospital where you are?
For Every One U.S. Troop Member There Are Three Contractors
Contractors understand, and Garfinkel Schwartz knows that for every one U.S. troop member there are three contractors.
That means that every time you hear that there is a war or a world conflict in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, Central America and U.S. troops are mentioned, there’s another number that becomes front and center in importance.
Why? Because there is a 3-to-1 average number of civilian contractors for each U.S. troop member sent to a war or world conflict.
U.S. Citizens are Silent Soldiers Overseas
There are many millions of dollars spent on defense contracts to pay for non-military civilian contractors to go to Iran, to Iraq, to Afghanistan to re-establish and recreate order, reconstruct cities, secure land, cities and infrastructure after wars alongside the U.S. military.
Unfortunately, the average American citizen doesn’t realize the great sacrifices being made by other Americans who have made the decision to work for the U.S. Government, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Defense overseas in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and now Syria.
They live on military bases under very dangerous conditions to rebuild, secure, and stabilize these countries. It is our United States men and women who have sacrificed to work with, for and along side the U.S. military helping in the efforts to achieve U.S. goals.
The Veterans Administration Can’t Help
The U.S. Department of Labor requires defense contractors to provide insurance to civilian contractors. Left alone, the defense contractors and sub-contractors insurance carriers—some of the largest in the world—cut coverage and benefits to pay for the health care and the financial compensation of injured civilian contractors.
The defense contractors let the injured or ill contractor to fly home to be cared for and then, in the midst of recovery, the medical coverage and the financial compensation of civilian contractors is cancelled by the insurance carrier.
Think That You’re Covered?
And to any civilian contractor who is being treated well and who is getting the medical care and compensation – your coverage can be cut off at any time and probably will be cancelled when you need surgery, rehab, a prescription or all of the above. We’re not trying to scare you, we’re preparing you.
As you know, civilian contractors can’t go to the Veterans Administration for medical care. Your personal medical care is unlikely to cover an injury that you get overseas. It’s your responsibility to know what your rights are medically, financially under the Defense Base Act law that was created for the security of civilian contractors around the world.
If you work for the U.S. Government as a contractor, you are covered by your employer’s insurance. Ask about what company covers you when you’re approached about a job. Find out the name of the insurance company if you’re hired as a sub. Subs have right to coverage and every employer is required by law to cover you.
Employee Defense Base Act Law insurance is mandatory and has coverage that’s ensured for you as an employee of the U.S. Government by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Call us 24 Hours a Day 1-800-393-2999
Not sure how to approach your employer? Call and ask us for free. You don’t have to pay a dime ever. That’s another right owed to you as a civilian contractor. Yes this is a new concept to YOU. But not to us. We know the law and we are here to help any civilian contractor anywhere in the world. We fly to you, we can chat online with you.
The Defense Base Act Covers Contractors
Civilian contractors are covered and receive medical care through The Defense Base Act that covers:
- Attorneys fees
- Doctor of your choice
- Medical care
- Financial compensation
Defense contractors cover the insurance, but the insurance carriers can cutoff the coverage—all of it—at any time. Then, the civilian contractors have to find an attorney to quickly try to litigate in federal court with medical records and with immediate need for help.
The best line of defense is a rapid and immediate offense. It’s best to have an attorney before there is a problem because without it you’re scrambling for help when you need it most. When they’re injured they’re sent home to seek medical care, coverage and compensation on their own.
Although civilian contractors are covered by insurance policies required by law, the policies are often cancelled just when the civilian contractor needed a surgery, therapy, treatment or prescriptions.