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Are overseas K9 handlers entitled to Defense Base Act benefits?


Canine (often called K9) handlers are often required for military services that are too dangerous for human personnel or require the specialized detection services of a trained dog. Canine services can be incredibly beneficial to overseas operations; however, they K9 Handler and His Caninecarry a number of injury risks.

K9 handlers who are under military contracts to work overseas are entitled to Defense Base Act protection, including those who are involved in:

  • Narcotics detection. Many K9 contractors working abroad provide narcotics detection services. Dog handlers may be entrusted with discovering illegal drugs at checkpoints, in airports, and in other high-risk areas.
  • Explosive detection. Contractors working as bomb detection agents in unstable regions such as Afghanistan face a significant risk of bodily harm. Security work may involve detecting, handling, and exposure to explosive devices, and potential detonation presents a constant threat of loss of limb and sudden death.
  • Defense and security. Canines may be used for defense in high threat environments and can be trained to spot, flush, attack, and detain individuals.
  • Training. Handlers may be required to assist in training and testing dogs on certain protocols (such as detection and attacking decoys), as well as selecting working canines for specialized use.

Injury and Disability Claims May Arise From K9 Work

Handlers who are covered by the DBA are entitled to compensation for their injuries, but also an additional amount if they are unable to work. If you have been unable to work since your accident, you may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits. Learn more about filing a claim in our free guide, Win Your Defense Base Act Case.


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The Best Advice

No matter what, the first thing you should do is always tell the truth from the beginning. Never tell a lie to the judge. Never exaggerate anything to your attorney. Always be up-front and honest with the DBA Doctor about your injuries. A doctor, a Judge and an attorney will more likely be able to help you if they believe you are being honest.

Liars never get trusted. Would you trust one?

The Next Step

Always be honest. Always tell the truth. It is the best first step in taking to winning your Defense Base Act Claim. Do your research. And know your case. Order my free book today, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve.

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Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

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