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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.

Which Federal Laws Cover Your Injury?

as part of going back overseas and you’re entering into the federal realm or the longshore realm and you’re starting a job, one of the things on your checklist should be, while you’re endeavoring into the contract:

If I get injured, what law am I covered under?
Am I under the Defense Base Act? Is this a longshore case?
Who would be the insurance company be if I get injured?


A Day in the Life of a DBA Attorney: We Call You ASAP

some if some of our clients or our potential clients that are in Afghanistan or in small little camps in the middle of the mountains that are not part of the large base where they would be in where it’s more like Americanized.

If they’re in one of those areas, and are worried about that then you can tell them that any time you’re talking with an attorney whether or not they sign up with us or not, it still is attorney client privilege


A Day in the Life of a DBA Attorney

Some of these insurance company doctors have some mind blowing things to say. Mainly there’s always something going on that has to do with fibromyalgia, sleep apnea any generalized thing that they can get aways with saying that’s not necessarily the injury that the actual person is suffering from.
Don’t worry, we’ll get to the bottom of it, get you a good doctor if we take your case we will fight for you and for your rights.


Third Country Nationals Covered by DBA

There are things that happen to contractors, Third Country Nationals, who work for the U.S. Government and don’t know that they work for the U.S. Government because they were hired by subcontractors and employed by contractors. They are hired from small villages, remote areas of the world with no communication to share that the Defense Base Act will cover their injuries and illnesses or even death benefits.


Garfinkel Schwartz Focuses Practice on DBA Law

Garfinkel Schwartz law firm focuses on DBA Law, starting with Sidney Schwartz, who became a lawyer about 70 years ago shortly after the enactment of the Defense Base Act Law. Sid Schwartz had family and friends die in support of U.S. military service during World War II. Helping families of veterans and those working in support of the United States military became his life’s passion. His son and Alan Garfinkel’s former law partner John Schwartz went a military academy in Jacksonville, Florida. Then to Law School so that he too would practice DBA Law.


Camp Victory Burn Pits Concerns One Year Later

Nearly one year ago, in June 2014, USA Today reported documented health issues associated with respiratory illness allegedly caused by exposure to Camp Victory burn pits in Iraq. Lung illnesses identified by doctors who tested the air quality at Camp Victory in Iraq are a concern for any civilian military contractors and Department of Defense sub-contractors working […]


Defense Base Act Death Benefits

You may think that there’s a one year statute of limitations normally on Defense Base Act claims including on death claims however there is a presumption in the law that states that if when you know or should have known that your entitled to these benefits that’s when the statute starts running. Not when the person dies. In a lot of cases the employer or the sub-contractor never notifies the Department of Labor of the death.


How a DBA Case Begins at Garfinkel Schwartz

Hi my name is Bennett Garfinkel and this is lead attorney Brian Wiklendt. We’re coming to you from our Maitland offices in Central Florida from the law firm of Garfinkel Schwartz. You can watch a video on this topic called, “How a DBA Case Begins,” on the Garfinkel Schwartz YouTube channel. We’re here today to […]


We Explain the Defense Base Act Law

if you are under a contract or your employer is engaged in a subcontract with a subcontractor of the U.S. government, whether that be any of the divisions of the government, any military operation—United States operation—or any other authorized contractor of the United States government in any fashion and you’re injured overseas, you’re governed by the Defense Base Act.


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