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An Afghanistan DBA Worker Case Study - The Defense Base Act Aggravation Rule

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DBA Lawyer Straight Talk: A Case Study - The Defense Base Act Aggravation Rule

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A Case Study - The Defense Base Act Aggravation Rule

Claimant suffered from a rare neurologic disorder of unknown etiology. It was largely controlled by medication. When Claimant was hired by DBA employer to work in Afghanistan in an administrative coordinator position, he disclosed the neurologic disorder and medication to the DBA employer.

Soon after arriving in Afghanistan, Claimant experienced an increase in neurological symptoms. Claimant was air-lifted out of Afghanistan and returned to the States.

Upon his return from Afghanistan, claimant's symptoms grew worse. He was taken to the hospital repeatedly due to the neurological attacks. He has not worked since and is no longer capable of driving a car. Claimant lawyered-up with a seasoned DBA Lawyer.

His DBA Lawyer filed a Defense Base Act claim alleging the stressful working conditions in Afghanistan with DBA employer aggravated the pre-existing neurologic disorder. Predictably, the DBA insurance company vigorously controverted the claim, alleging that claimant had sustained, at most, a temporary exacerbation of his pre-existing neurologic disorder which had completely resolved after his return to the States. No benefits were paid. The DBA insurance company sent Claimant to a litany of their insurance company doctors. They all said that at most the stressful working environment working in a war zone, at most was a temporary aggravation.

Claimant's DBA Lawyer took his case to trial. The Judge found that claimant's disabling neurologic disorder was related to his stressful work environment with DBA employer in Afghanistan. In essence the Judge concluded that while the work incident in Afghanistan may well have been a temporary aggravation of claimant's underlying neurologic disorder. However, following that work episode, Claimant was never able to work again and his sensitivity to stressful stimuli which triggered his attacks, became much worse and more frequent than before the work incident. Thus, the Judge concluded, that claimant's permanent total disability was due, at least in part, to the work-related injury he sustained in Afghanistan.

The Judge ruled that claimant is entitled to a continuing award of permanent total disability and medical benefits pursuant to the Defense Base Act.

DBA Lawyer Straight Talk: A Case Study - The Defense Base Act Aggravation Rule

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