Hi, this is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. I just wanted to update civilian contractors on how to get Defense Base Act U.S. Help.
Defense Base Act U.S. Help
Just to give you an idea of how I work with clients to provide Defense Base Act U.S. help, I’ll tell you where I’ve been and what I’ve done in the last month or two. I travel to clients across the U.S. to meet, discuss their cases and make plans for what has to happen next to keep their cases moving forward.
I’m based in Florida, but in September, like all months, I went out back on the road and continued on with helping overseas contractors and their injuries where they live and where it’s comfortable for them to meet with me.
Buffalo, New York
I started off in Buffalo, New York, which was fantastic. Got some great food there. I especially liked the Beef on Weck sandwich. It has caraway seeds on the buns and it’s like this incredible slow cooked roast beef sandwich. And so obviously I love that. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about.
Then actually my wife joined me and we popped over to Toronto, Canada, where I had a client. And hopefully we’re going to be settling his case very shortly. It was to attend this client’s deposition. So I got to hang out in Toronto which is fabulous.
Niagara Falls, Canada
After that we ended up spending the night in Niagara Falls, Canada, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Much classier than I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be kind of cheesy but it was very classy, beautiful, great food.
I had smoked duck and all this great stuff so it worked out great. And hopefully like I said the client’s case might be settled now so we’re kind of excited about that.
Contractors Suffering with PTSD
You know it was while I was with an Iraqi client, a translator who was suffering from PTSD, that brought me back to reality. And so you know it was kind of reminding me that these these trips that I have are not fun and games.
I am dealing with people that have very, terribly serious issues and in an instance I am really rewarded by helping people in those types of circumstances.
Minneapolis, Mall of America
After that we just went back for the weekend and got on a plane to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I stayed at the Mall of Americas. It was 13 degrees and it’s November and so I really can’t tell you how great the city was because I never ever went outside. I went on a skywalk and my my hotel was attached to the mall and there’s 40 restaurants there so we kind of just stayed inside the entire time.
Took my breath away a little bit getting off the plane and that’s that’s where I’ve been and that’s where I was and at least until a couple of days ago.
Raleigh, North Carolina
And then tomorrow I’m I’m shooting over to Raleigh, North Carolina. I have trips planned to San Diego, California, and Austin, Texas, before Thanksgiving and then I’ll be able to spend some time with my parents in Charleston, South Carolina, for Thanksgiving. And then the whole thing just starts all over again.
And I just really enjoy traveling the country. I have clients in many different other countries as well that I haven’t been able to visit yet but I will.
Peru, South America, Afghanistan, Turkey
So I have some possibilities in Peru and South America. I have clients in the Ukraine. I have clients in Afghanistan, clients in Turkey.
I have intermediaries that help me, help people, that are in those countries I just mentioned. We’re trying to branch out into the Middle East, into the Far East—Singapore, Thailand, all kinds of places. And so we’re just continuing to grow and grow and grow.
Helping as Many People as We Can
And I have a new associate that just started with me so we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing and keep helping as many people as we possibly can.
So if you have any people that you think that I can help please call me anytime. If you’re injured and you have some problems and issues that you don’t think you can tackle, please call me for free anytime or e-mail me or use social media.
Just look up my name, look up my law firm Garfinkel Schwartz and you’ll find us and we’ll be glad to talk to you any time. And thanks a lot for your time. I appreciate it. Take care.