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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 on Syria

Syria is a complex and a horrible conflict and without a ceasefire, fierce fighting in Syria continues throughout the country. Despite attempts to slow fighting in Aleppo, fighting hasn’t stopped.


Contractor World Conflict Update: North Korea

We provide contractors and potential contractors occasional updates as to what’s going on in the world’s conflicts and this one is in North Korea and involves troops in South Korea. As DBA attorneys, wherever you go and whatever you need Garfinkel Schwartz will be here if you need our help and that’s a promise.

This Contractor World Conflict Update: North Korea is a summary based on what we’ve read in the news, gathered from government sources for our clients who are contractors around the world


Contractor World Conflict Update: South & East China Sea

I’d like to take a look at what’s going on overseas and the world conflicts to put on everybody’s radar. This is what we call our Contractor World Conflict Update: South & East China Sea.

Regarding the South China Sea, the U.S. government met unsuccessfully with China to try to de-escalate tensions in this area. This report by Garfinkel Schwartz Defense Base Act attorney Brian Wiklendt is for contractors who may have to travel in support of the U.S. military.

Actually, the Defense Base Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers Act was created to protect the men and women who work overseas and on the seas for the U.S. Government


Contractor World Conflict Updates: Syria & Libya

Garfinkel Schwartz helping people under the Defense Base Act, whether you are working anywhere near these areas Syria, Libya, Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world, if you’re a contractor, and you’re currently not injured, talk with an attorney. Know before you go what the laws are governing your health and how to get you home safely.


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


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