What can families do when non-military deaths occur at Middle East defense bases?
The Defense Base Act (DBA) provides the equivalent of workers' compensation for civilian contractors working in contingency operations in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom/OIF) and Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom/OEF).
The Defense Base Act was created to provide workers' compensation protections for various categories of workers who work outside the jurisdiction of other state or federal workers' compensation systems.
The Defense Base Act provides benefits for civilian contractors injured, killed, or kidnapped in the course of their work for U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense, U.S. Agency for International Development, or the State Department.
The War Hazard Compensation Act (WHCA) covers injury caused to qualified employees which resulting from a war risk hazard. Employees are generally covered by the Defense Base Act, by the Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act, employed directly by the United States, and providing welfare or similar services for the Armed Forces of the United States. The injury must occur outside of the United States. The War Hazards Compensation Act also applies when a person is detained by hostile forces, is missing under circumstances supporting an inference that such absence is due to belligerent action of a hostile force, or is marooned by virtue of failure of the United States or its contractors to be sent back home.
The Non Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) covers people who are injured or die while working in the United States or anywhere else in the world who work at Officers Clubs, Base Exchanges, and Post Exchanges, even workers located on military bases who provide services to the troops by working in fast food restaurants, stores and other merchant activities.
With all these different Acts, why do you need a lawyer by your side?
It's the government and the government is filled with layers of bureaucracy and complex red tape. Then again, things aren't always what they appear to be either. There is no way an injured civilian contractor or his or her family can make it happen by just filling out paperwork. Who better than a patriotic personal injury law firm to be in your corner fighting for justice on behalf of you and your family.