Defense Base Act Lawyer Discusses Recent Bomb Blasts in Afghanistan
In the past several months there have been huge and deadly explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan causing horrific injuries and deaths to innocent contractors and civilians. The lawyers at Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. have a combined 57 years of experience handling claims of injured overseas workers.
Kabul has become an increasingly dangerous place to live and work.On 05/31/17, a huge explosion rocked the diplomatic district of Kabul, Afghanistan, killing approximately 100 and wounding more than 500 innocent civilians and/or workers. On 05/03/17, a powerful blast targeting an armored NATO convoy killed at least eight people and wounded more than 28. Several other bomb blasts have caused devastating injury and death across Afghanistan and Iraq in the past several months.
What type of injuries occur from being in close proximity to a large bomb blast?We have handled the claims of hundreds of civilian contractors who have been severely injured by bomb blasts. The most common injuries that occur from being in close proximity to a bomb blast are: 1. shrapnel lacerations, 2. brain injuries, 3. cervical and lumbar injuries, 4. hearing loss and tinnitus, 5. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Civilian contractors injured on the job are entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical care to improve their condition. They are also entitled to compensation at 2/3 of their Average Weekly Wage up to a maximum rate depending upon the date of the accident. This compensation can last for several years or the remainder of the life of the injured employee, depending on the nature and extent of the disability.
We also handle the claims of dependents of those who are tragically killed in bomb blasts. Spouses are entitled to compensation at 50% of the deceased employee's wage rate until remarriage, upon which two years of compensation will be paid in one lump sum. Dependent children are entitled to share up to 16 2/3% of the deceased employee's wage rate until the end of the age of dependency. We have successfully negotiated lump sum cash settlements of death cases to the benefit of the surviving dependents.
Am I entitled to medical care for injuries caused by bomb blasts in Afghanistan and Iraq?The Defense Base Act provides that civilian contractors injured in Afghanistan, Iraq or any other war zone or on any military base across the world are entitled to all reasonable and necessary medical care to treat their injuries. We have made special relationships with physicians throughout the United States, and across the world, in an effort to obtain the medical care that our clients deserve. We have a network of neurologists, orthopedists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, hearing loss doctors and pain care doctors who have worked with our firm to help take care of workers injured in bomb blast incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq. We understand the unique nature of bomb blasts injuries and we have partnered with doctors who also understand and treat those conditions. We represented 72 workers injured from one horrific bomb blast in Afghanistan. We know what is involved in these injuries, and we know how to get our clients the treatment they deserve.