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Defense Base Act Resources

Many, many articles about Defense Base Act Resources. Created in 1941, the Defense Base Act law provides medical coverage, compensation, and the right to choose your own doctor. The DBA covers those who work overseas as civilian contractors for private employers Department of Defense firms working on foreign military bases for the U.S. government, or who work on contracts approved and funded by the U.S. Government. Anyone injured on the job and who is denied medical care has the right to an attorney who is paid by the insurer or the employer, not by the individual. Garfinkel Schwartz has provided civilian contractors with DBA defense help since 1976.

What is Maximum Medical Improvement?

Maximum Medical Improvement or MMI is a label given out when a particular doctor has finished providing surgeries for a medical condition. While insurance companies use the term MMI to mean the end of care, that is not the case. People may still have ongoing medical conditions, pain, PTSD, medicines and therapies and rehabilitation after MMI. A DBA attorney can explain that you can still get health care to cover you injuries, pain, PTSD, medical conditions that may go on the rest of your life.

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3 DBA Cases 3 Different Outcomes

Brian Wiklendt DBA attorney says that sometimes cases take years, sometimes they take months and walks you through examples including a stipulation, a jury trial or a claim is settled and case is closed

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Brian Talks about U.S. Client Trips

Brian Wiklendt prides himself on traveling to his clients and working with them in their own environment. Defense contractors who have been injured appreciate the respect given to them and their families. Brian likes meeting his clients and their families – it helps him understand what challenges they are up against.

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Brian Wiklendt DBA Contractor Checklist

Defense contractors preparing to deploy overseas are advised to contact a Defense Base Act attorney prior to leaving the states. Defense contractors have rights under the Defense Base Act that your employer may not explain to you. Working overseas can be dangerous and it is wise to understand your rights before you go overseas to work.

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Beware Tricks Insurers Use to Deny Claims

Hi. This is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. I’m coming to you from our Maitland Florida office, which is a suburb of Orlando. I’m lead counsel here. What I’d like to do is talk to you a little bit about what insurance companies try to do under the Defense Base Act to get away with […]

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Know Rights Before Going to 3rd World Countries

Hi. This is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. I’m here in my Maitland Florida office, which is a suburb of Orlando. I just got back from a bunch of travels and I grew my goatee out during the trips and now it’s officially pure gray. I’m not very happy about that. It kind of stinks […]

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Contractors Who Wear Body Armor

Brian Wiklendt talks to civilian contractors who wear body armor overseas and who work outside the wire in war zones, danger zones. Brian addresses contractors in certain jobs including: Bomb dog handlers, Helicopter repair men, Aircraft pilots, People in security intelligence, Logistics, Translators.

These jobs are physically demanding and people are often hurt in these positions. This is why it’s better to plan ahead and talk with a lawyer before you go overseas so that you’re prepared and ready to recuperate.

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What is a Scheduled Injury

The sometimes lengthy process of categorizing disabilities and determining whether and the extent to which injured contractors can return to work, are good reasons why contractors need experienced attorneys like Brian Wiklendt who know Defense Base Act law. And if you don’t talk with Brian, that’s OK. But talk to another DBA lawyer who has clients overseas and knows the processes for post injury scenarios.

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What is a Non-scheduled Injury?

Non-scheduled injuries suffered by civilian contractor clients are common. The sad truth is that many of the injuries sustained in conflict zones are non-scheduled. For example, a study published in The Journal of Surgical Orthopedic Advances in the fall of 2014 looked at 450 U.S. soldiers who were discharged for medical reasons.

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Civilian Contractor Update: Yemen

As lead counsel in the law firm Garfinkel Schwartz, I can help you know your rights before you actually have to assert them. If you’re working in Yemen or you end up as a contractor overseas please contact an attorney that knows about the Defense Base Act so that you can understand what your rights are.

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