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Civilian Contractors - PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims

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“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in a lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One thing is certain, there are many civilian contractors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  If you or loved one is suffering from PTSD symptoms, then the first step is getting help.  That help comes in several forms.  


Filing a Claim

You need to file a claim under the Defense Base Act (DBA). This  is a workers’ compensation program for overseas civilian contractors.   A claim is started by filing a form LS-203 with the United States Department of Labor and providing a copy to the employer you worked for overseas.


Medical Treatment

You need medical treatment in order to get better. Under the DBA you are entitled to medical treatment. However, as a practical matter the DBA insurance company is probably going to deny your claim and refuse to provide medical treatment.

This is why it is always better to lawyer up, before a claim is filed.


You Don’t Have To Pay An Attorney

Generally, the insurance company should pay your attorney fees. You should never have to directly pay your attorney in order to handle one of these claims.

Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find a seasoned Defense Base Act lawyer that knows how to handle civilian contractors - PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims.  In a nutshell, the Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Compensation Act. Because of this, the very best lawyers handling these civilian contractor claims are lawyers that have been handling Longshore Act claims for years.

For example, our main office is in San Diego, with the largest shipyard on the West Coast all with workers that have claims that fall under the Longshore Act.


Medical Treatment Revisited

You are entitled to what is called a free choice of physician. For many folks, finding a doctor that is experienced with combat theater PTSD is difficult. Because of this, we sometimes need to hook folks up with good psychologists via video conference. Many of our clients actually prefer this, because of the convenience.


Money Benefits

While you are either temporarily totally disabled or permanently and totally disabled (these are legal terms which basically translate into you not being able to work in a war zone due to the PTSD); you are entitled to significant weekly disability benefits.  In most instances, your lawyer can probably negotiate a lump-sum settlement or an ongoing weekly disability benefit. Oftentimes these cases settle for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Sometimes claims need to be taken to court.  However, as long as you tell the truth, you will have a good chance of prevailing.  Nothing is more important that your credibility is winning these cases.


More Information

Be sure to request a free copy of my new book:

Win Your Defense Base Act Case:
The Ultimate Plain English No B.S. Roadmap
To The Medical Treatment and Money
You and Your Family Deserve


Click here to see all the great 5 Star reviews of the book on amazon.com.


Or call my office 619-234-2833

We represent more injured overseas civilian contractors than any other law firm on the West Coast.

Offices in Oakland, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and San Diego.


A final word about PTSD

If you have followed my book or this website, you have probably heard my rants about PTSD being the wrong title for folks that have post-traumatic stress. It shouldn't be called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - it should be called Post-Traumatic Stress Injury.  Because that's what it is - an injury.

I am not the only one that feels this way.  Many of the doctors I talk to feel the same way.


William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
Has anyone filed a claim for sleep apnea
Posted by David on March 19, 2017 at 12:53 PM
I need to know the process in order to file a claim. I am suffer from PTSD.
Posted by Lyndon Bowen on May 22, 2016 at 04:03 AM
Is there a time frome to file a dba claimed after you have ended employment? I worked as a security contractor for 3.5 years and think I suffer from a range of PTSD symptoms
Posted by Tracy Rose on May 8, 2015 at 12:12 AM
I was a us contractor also im a retired military vet. my question is do I need to file a va form or dba ls 203 for ptsd
Posted by richard feldman on September 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Hi, I am not writing because I have a case but instead I am writing because I am researching PTSD. I am a former SF medic and now PA and I have worked in Iraq for the last 7 years. I am in a Doctoral program and writing a dissertation on PTSD. The focus is on contractors with PTSD and why they generally do not seek medical help. What I think you could help me with is some words on what you have seen and some of the reasons these gentlemen do not seek care or the problems they face with insurance or loss of employment when they do seek help. Your input would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Brent Kunzler PA-C
Posted by Brent KunzLer on July 20, 2014 at 02:51 PM

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