Ft. Lauderdale attorneys represent injured contract workers under Defense Base Act
Online PR News – 19-October-2012 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Ft. Lauderdale - When it comes to workers’ compensation and personal injury law, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett have more than 60 years combined experience protecting the rights of their clients and recovering damages for them. In addition to Florida workers’ compensation for job-related injuries, the Ft. Lauderdale law firm handles injury cases under the federal Defense Base Act, an enhanced form of workers’ compensation for contract workers injured while working on a U.S. or foreign military base. The act also covers workers on short-term or temporary work assignment for a U.S. government contractor in a foreign country.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that as of May 10, 2011, wounded U.S. contractors filed 33,295 claims for injury or illness that involved lost time on the job. Because contractors often work in dangerous and life-threatening situations in war zones such as Afghanistan, their injuries can be as severe as those of the soldiers they support, including traumatic brain injury, loss of limb, blindness, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unlike soldiers who have a support network through Tricare or the Veterans Administration, care for contract workers depends on DBA compensation payments along with insurance supplied by the contractors’ employers.
According to a recent study by Catherine Lutz of Brown University, wounded contractors who are U.S. citizens have had a more difficult time getting care than returning soldiers despite similar injuries. The contractors’ care “depends on getting workers' compensation payments, and they have often had to struggle with insurance companies to get quality care or even to get medical bills paid." Lutz reports that private insurance companies protested claims by contractors for medical care of serious injuries in 43 percent of the cases, “creating additional stress and delay of care to the wounded."
Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett work to eliminate the stress created by contractor companies and their insurers, and they work to turn delay into resolution. The attorneys are dedicated to helping their injured clients get the maximum amount of financial and medical benefits they have earned from their service alongside the military men and women they supported. The attorneys are experienced negotiators who know how to deal with workers’ compensation specialists, insurance company lawyers, and government contractor employers to ensure that injured contractors are represented aggressively and with determination.
The Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett practice in the area of Workers’ Compensation, including claims under the Defense Base Act; Social Security disability; and personal injury. The Ft. Lauderdale law firm can be contacted at 954.618.1776 or toll free 888.854.8700. Initial consultations with the attorneys are free, and there is never a fee until the case is settled or won.
About The Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett, P.A.: Attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett, P.A. specialize in issues related to Workers’ Compensation, including the Defense Base Act; Social Security disability; maritime law; and personal injury. The four-attorney law firm practices in both Florida and Massachusetts and is headquartered at 1132 Southeast 2nd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL. To contact the firm, call 954.618.1776 or toll free 888.854.8700; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the firm’s attorneys and practice, visit http://www.barnettattorneys.com.
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