The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates proudly manages Defense Base Act (DBA) claims on behalf of Albanian and Kosovo citizens injured while performing contracted work in the Middle East. We are currently hearing from clients who worked on United States military bases in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq. If you worked on bases in any of these three locations, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer in pursuit of fair compensation and justice.
We can represent you, no matter where you live, thanks to the Defense Base Act. Call (210) 807-3178 now.
What is the Defense Base Act?
To guarantee the rights and safety of civilians under the employment of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Defense Base Act was enacted. It provides financial and medical benefits to injured workers on military bases, similar to workers’ compensation. Any on-the-job injury should be covered by the DBA, regardless of who caused the injury and how.
You are covered by the DBA as a citizen of any country if you are performing work for the:
- U.S. Armed Forces
- State Department
- Department of Defense
You do not even need to get injured on a U.S. military base for the DBA to apply to you. What is important is that you were performing expected and necessary job duties as an employee or private contractor working for the United States military.
Employers Operating in the Middle East
Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) and DynCorp are two of the largest companies that work alongside the United States military in the Middle East. A large majority of specialty projects and construction work in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq are handled by one of these two companies.
Jobs contracted through KBR and DynCorp may include but is not limited to:
- Construction workers
- Mechanics and welders
- Security personnel
In recent years, both KBR and DynCorp have grown their overseas workforce largely in thanks to the help of Albanian and Kosovo citizens. This is why our DBA attorneys from The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates are currently focusing our efforts on bringing much-needed representation to Albanian and Kosovo clients in particular. But our legal services are available to people from all nations and all walks of life who were hurt performing work on a U.S. military base.
If you were employed by either KBR or DynCorp and suffered an on-the-job injury, do not let them pick the doctor who sees you and treats your injuries. The DBA allows you to pick your own doctor. Oftentimes, doctors are contracted through insurance companies to evaluate patients hurt on-the-job, and their diagnoses become less trustworthy due to this conflict of interest.
Future Contracted & Construction Projects in the Middle East
In early 2019, CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., Environmental Chemical Corp., KBR, and URS Group Inc. all pooled together to win an $80 million bid on construction projects around the globe. The projects will mostly provide new construction for the Navy and the Department of Defense, which means it is highly likely that local citizens will soon be contracted to perform on-base work for these companies. Our law firm is watching these projects closely to ensure all workers there know their rights under the Defense Base Act, and where they can turn if they need immediate legal assistance after an accident.
Call (210) 807-3178 at any time to connect with our attorneys. We would be happy to help you sort through your DBA claim, no matter what country you call home.