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Lung and Respiratory Illnesses Are Covered Under the Defense Base Act

Defense Base Act-Respiratory Illness

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Civilian workers are exposed to many of the same risks as soldiers, and respiratory illness and inhalation injuries have been increasingly diagnosed civilian employees of U.S. government contractors overseas. This is especially the case for the civilian contractors who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, where the incidence of lung injuries has been shown to be much higher. And, while civilian workers in some areas may be at a greater risk for some types of lung injuries, these life-threatening or life-altering diseases can develop virtually anywhere that contractors work overseas.

The truth is that civilian workers have been—and may still be—at risk for a whole range of potential lung and breathing issues while working for defense contractors, including:

  • Respiratory conditions related to burn-pit exposure
  • Mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases
  • Lung injuries related to inhalation of sand, dust, smoke, and other potentially harmful substances
  • Lung injuries related to exposure to exhaust fumes, toxic gases, and substances from IEDs
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary abnormalities and poor lung function
  • Symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, or difficulty breathing

If you or someone you love returned home with breathing difficulties or developed a lung cancer that can be tied to time overseas, then you may have a claim for money benefits under the Defense Base Act. Even in cases where the problems developed months or years after exposure, it may be possible to get help.

Do you have questions about an illness or injury that happened to you while you were overseas? Try reading through our book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap to the Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. This book is completely free and has been designed specifically to help you and your family understand your rights and make confident choices about your case.


William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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