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Is Depression Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

Is Depression Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

Civil contractors working on U.S. military bases overseas are often stationed in warzones that put them in high-risk and dangerous situations. Witnessing shocking events like roadside bombings, having been victim or witness to kidnappings or other horrific crimes can cause a myriad of psychological issues. From PTSD to depression, the psychological damage from these on-the-job traumatic events may last a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know about depression and filing a Defense Base Act claim.

What is Depression?

While feeling sad every once in a while is a normal part of life, depression happens when the sadness lasts longer and has an overwhelmingly negative impact on your life. Often, depression is a co-existing mental condition with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression can be manageable, but it may also be a lifelong struggle. Some symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Sleeping too much or trouble sleeping
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Lack of concentration
  • Thoughts of suicide

Filing a DBA Claim for Depression

If you’re suffering from depression, undoubtedly your focus will be on improving your mental health. Filing a Defense Base Act claim can be difficult if you aren’t familiar with how the law works and what your rights are. The best way to increase your chances of a successful DBA claim is to enlist the help of an experienced Defense Base Act attorney. A DBA attorney can guide you through each step and carefully explain how to get the treatments you are entitled to while avoiding any potential problems.

Contact a Defense Base Act Attorney Today

If you are suffering from depression after returning home from a contracted military job overseas, you may be entitled to medical care and compensation through the Defense Base Act.

Contact The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC today at (210) 807-3178. 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.



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