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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.

Contractor World Conflict Update: Iraq

Garfinkel Schwartz from time to time gives updates to contractors and potential contractors as to what’s going on in the world. Today I’m talking about Contractor World Conflicts: Iraq.


Typically Denied DBA Treatment Approvals

While it might initially be denied, chiropractic care, acupunture or other non-traditional treatments, whether it’s recommended by a surgeon or your primary care physician, it always helps the cause if you get referred to the chiropractor by them, then it’s an easier argument to make. But just remember that spinal manipulation has to be done for the insurance company to have to pay for the chiropractic care.


Where are Civilian Contractors Going Next?

No matter your job, Garfinkel Schwartz is here to help you if you’re hurt or if you get sick while working that job overseas.

When you are denied healthcare and need money to pay bills while you recover or you need permanent and ongoing benefits, Garfinkel Schwartz fights insurance companies for you through the Defense Base Act law to get you health and financial benefits.


Successful Mediation

So that’s what works if both sides are very angry about the situation, but it’s resolved then, that’s a good thing. That means they think they paid too much and we think we got too little. And that’s a successful mediation right there. Both sides find an agreement somewhere in the middle.


Brian Wiklendt on DBA, Longshore Law Panel

Brian Wiklendt on DBA, Longshore Panel: Brian Wiklendt will be one of several lawyers debating and discussing topics in a conference session called “Understanding the Orthopedic Evaluation – a Medical and Legal Perspective,” in regards to the Longshore and Harbor Workers Act, Jones Act, and Defense Base Act.

We will address the legal impact of the medical exam on medical claims and talk about:

The importance of clear medical recommendations
Patient compliance with medical care
Insurance carrier authorizations
Identifying work restrictions
The role of a nurse case manager
Communication among the stakeholders in the insurance claims process


What is a Scheduled Injury?

Unscheduled injuries are psychological injuries that type of situation. The reason that those are is because it’s very difficult to put a week value on an injured back. It could be for the rest of your life. It could be for years on end or it could be after surgery you might be completely healed so those are unscheduled meaning that they’re kind of unknown and indefinite.


What is an Independent Medical Exam?

What is an independent medical exam? You should definitely consult with an attorney before you go to an independent medical exam even if that’s not me. It’s just something smart to do because the insurance companies have minions and minions of people that are watching and doing things and studying and helping each other figure out how to manipulate the system and you need someone on your side that knows the system enough to be able to manipulate it back to your side to the right side.


What is a Mediation?

So when you have a tablet out there and there’s money on one column and money on the other column it turns out to be kind of real. It’s real when it’s put down on a piece of paper.

How Does a Mediation Usually End?

Both sides are usually frustrated at the end of a mediation.

The insurance company thinks that they’ve paid way too much and the claimant thinks that maybe they got too little.


Global Conflicts May Involve Civilian Contractors

We want to know where our nation’s brave civilian contractors and U.S. troops and resources will be sent next. We watch this so that we have an idea where civilian contractors, DoD subcontractors will be going to serve and to work.


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