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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 Office 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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