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A Defense Base Act Attorney and Advocate for the Victims and Their Families: What Should You Do Next?

Whether you need a Defense Base Act attorney to answer urgent, specific questions about an overseas accident; or you recently lost a loved one working on a US government base overseas, and you want to know how to protect your survivors’ financial rights, the compassionate, ethical, and aggressive team at Mark Whitehead & Associates** can help design a powerful case and resolve your questions and concerns.

What Is the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act is a federal law. It is part of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which stipulates how injured and sick workers on American military bases should be compensated.

Even if your employer was not at fault, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act entitles you to benefits under many circumstances. For instance, say you got hurt by shrapnel or tore a ligament stepping on loose scrap metal on the base. Options to get compensation abound, even if you got hurt due to your own negligence or carelessness.

That said, if you make errors filing your claim, wait too long to collect evidence, or fail to recognize the extent of your injuries, your legal options may diminish. So, even if you think the accident on base “didn’t hurt that much,” it behooves you to speak with a Defense Base Act attorney at the Law Offices of Mark Whitehead & Associates to review your options.

Factors that Can Influence Your Defense Base Act Case

  • The severity of your injury -- can range from catastrophic, e.g. gunshot wounds, to chronic, such as hand, knee, and shoulder trauma.
  • Whether compelling evidence supports your claim. E.g., witness statements, medical analyses; forensics investigations.
  • Military reports that confirm or challenge your account;
  • Whether or not you acted in a negligent or careless fashion;
  • Whether or not an employer, employee, or other party acted in a negligent, careless, or egregious fashion.

Getting Questions Answered Can Make You Feel Better

Whether you are a family member of someone who died overseas while working as a contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, or another theater; or you are a hurt or sick contractor worried sick about your health and your family’s wellbeing, you likely have a lot on your mind. As long as these uncertainties linger, you may feel like your life is out of control.

Thus, we invite you to consult with our Defense Base Act attorneys today by calling (800) 562-9830. Your case evaluation is free and confidential. We take Defense Base Act cases on contingency, so you will not pay fees until we win your case.

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