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What Types of Psychological Injuries are Covered Under the Defense Base Act?


The Defense Base Act gives civil contractors workers' compensation benefits for injuries sustained while working on U.S. military bases. While many think that an injury can only be physical, that's not always true. Psychological injuries can be triggered by any traumatic event. Here's what you need to know.

What Psychological Injuries Are Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

Civil contractors are just as vulnerable to a psychological injury as much as a member of the military. Whether an individual has been placed in a war zone or victim of a war crime, it can be a lifetime struggle to deal with. The following are the most common psychological injuries covered under the Defense Base Act:

The Warning Signs of a Psychological Injury

Civilian contractors working on military bases overseas often see traumatizing events that can have a severe impact on their mental health. Whether hearing gunfire, witnessing air raids or other forms of violence can trigger a psychological injury. Some signs of psychological injury may include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawn socially
  • Anger
  • Aggressiveness
  • Trouble concentrating on tasks
  • Startled easily
  • Having flashbacks of incidents
  • Reckless behavior

When You Need a Defense Base Act Attorney

When dealing with depression, PTSD, anxiety, or any other psychological disorder, taking on a Defense Base Act claim can be intimidating. DBA laws can be tricky to understand, as well. You need to focus on your mental health and well-being. Seeking the assistance of an experienced Defense Base Act Attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. Making mistakes when filing for a Defense Base Act claim can cost you much-needed benefits.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with filing a Defense Base Act Claim or appealing a denied claim, we can help. As a workers' compensation law firm, we are proud to represent injured contract employees for the government in San Antonio and the rest of the nation.

Contact The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC today at (210) 807-3178 to learn more about how we can help you receive compensation for your psychological injuries. We'll advise you of your rights as a contracted worker under the Defense Base Act.

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