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What rights does the Defense Base Act provide for those with severe bodily injuries? March 13, 2009

Posted by Aaron Walter in Uncategorized.
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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have introduced a new range of injuries to standard workers’ compensation – IED attacks, Al Queada rocket attacks, and other war related dangers have resulted in unthinkable internal and external damage, traumatic brain injuries, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Most of the injuries we see coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan are actually of the same nature that we see here in employment in the states – knee injuries like torn knee ligaments or miniscus, shoulder injuries, usually torn rotator cuffs, and back injuries like herniated (slipped), or extruded (ruptured) discs. The human body is fragile and unfortunately there are a select few parts of our bodies that tend to give out under the right/wrong conditions.

Sadly, the dangers of war have introduced new kinds of physical trauma to a system typically reserved for more common problems.  It is important to note that any injured contractor is entitled to:

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Iraq electrocutions higher than previously reported September 23, 2008

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A September 9, 2008 AP article reveals that there have been at least 18 electrocutions in Iraq involving U.S. soldiers or civilian contractors. A May 28, 2008 CNN article on one such incident placed the number of soliders electrocuted at only 12.   As if soldiers and contractors didn’t have enough to worry about concerning the obvious dangers in Iraq.

As I have learned from a recent electrocution victim our firm is representing, electrocutions can result in any number of physical or neurological disorders as well as debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.

For more on electrocutions in Iraq, visit Ms. Sparky’s Mishaps and Misadventures a website from a former KBR electrician. Ms. Sparky (Debbie Crawford) recently testified before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee on Soldier Electrocutions and seeks to bring attention to safety conditions in Iraq.  She is looking for former contractors and military personal to share their observations regarding electrical safety at camps/bases.

WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. troops and contractors electrocuted in Iraq is higher than previously reported, and now stands at 18, a senator said yesterday.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., issued a statement with the revised number after a briefing by the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office. The IG’s office has been investigating the death of a Green Beret from Pittsburgh’s Shaler suburb, Sgt. Ryan Maseth, who was electrocuted in January while showering in his barracks in Iraq.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Defense Base Act September 10, 2008

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More and more civilian contractors have been returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to find themselves unable to sleep, eat, work, and return to their former selves. While it certainly is not something widely covered in the media, most civilian contractors in the war zone are under similar conditions as our men and women in uniform.

 

Rocket attacks, roadside IEDs, small arms fire, fear, panic and uncertainly replace the normalcy of home-life. In both soldiers and civilians these conditions can leave someone scared, confused, or angry.

 

The National Center for PTSD describes that due to one or more traumatic events a PTSD sufferer basically ungergoes changes in their brain. These changes lead to symptoms including: reliving an event, avoidance, numbing, and feeling keyed up.

 

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