Hi. This is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. I’m here in our Maitland Florida office which is a suburb of Orlando. And I’d like to talk to contractors who wear body armor and our clients that wear body armor from time to time or maybe very often.
Contractors Who Wear Body Armor
And the reason I’m talking to you about that is that it’s come about recently that I’ve had several clients who have been supposedly released to full duty work from an insurance company doctor or their own doctor even. All are contractors who wear body armor. I saw a common issue and want to address it.
Physical Demands in a War Zone
And the doctors don’t realize or understand what full duty work really is in Iraq or Afghanistan or in a war zone. Especially people that wear body armor all the time and, you know artillery type situations, full weapons, all that kind of stuff and how much weight that places on your body and the wear and tear that it places on your body.
And whether or not going back to full duty work is appropriate sometimes can be misconstrued considering the actual physical labor work that you do as opposed to a normal full duty – okay I’m going to go back to the warehouse and do some things or go back to my construction job – it’s not that easy. I’m talking about clients that I have that are police trainers, translators, people that are out outside the wire that have to wear body armor, up to 50 or 60 pounds of body armor, pretty much every day.
Explain “Full Duty Work” to Doctors
If you injure your back or your neck or something and you go through some treatment and you feel better, but some doctors might not understand full duty. You should explain to them exactly what full duty work is, physically speaking, on the job that you’re going to go back to. Because a lot of people end up going back too early, they re-injure themselves or they never get any better. Our clients include a lot of people who work in dangerous jobs and have to wear the body armor 24-7.
Contractors Who Wear Body Armor:
- Bomb dog handlers
- Helicopter repair men
- Aircraft pilots
- People in security intelligence
These are the types of clients that I have that actually, when someone says active duty, they have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to the actual physical rigors that you have to go through on a day to day basis. So tell the doctor what you do and why your physical ability matters.
Explain Physical Duty Job Requirements
So make sure that when you talk to a Defense Base Act attorney or you talk to the insurance company and you’re injured and especially the doctor that they have a full description of what your physical duties are so that they don’t release you to go to go do something physical that you’re really not capable of doing yet. Just a little tidbit.
Reach Brian 24 Hours a Day
If you need more information on what I mean by full duty and and being released to go back to work, please call me any time 24 hours a day at 1-800-393-2999. We have an answering service for odd hours because obviously our clients are all around the globe under different time zones.
So we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can. And like I said it’s always free and any advice we can give before anything really bad happens is always best. Again this is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. Good luck and be safe.