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Lung and Respiratory Illnesses Are Covered Under the Defense Base Act

Getting Your Respiratory or Lung Injury Covered by The DBA

Civilian workers are exposed to many of the same risks as soldiers when working overseas. Respiratory illness and inhalation injuries have been increasingly common for these overseas civilian workers. This is especially the case for the civilian contractors who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. 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.

The truth is that civilian workers have been, and may always be, at risk for a whole range of potential lung and breathing issues while working overseas, 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 development in lung cancer that can be tied to their experience overseas, then you may have a DBA claim on their hands. Even in cases where the problems developed months or years after exposure, it may still be possible to get medical and financial help.

Find out more about your medical benefits under the DBA here.

Learn more about the risks that overseas civilian contractors face on a daily basis and what happens after they get injured with my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case.

This book will completely outline who is covered by the Defense Base Act, how to file a DBA claim, and what exactly you need to do to win your DBA case.

You can get your FREE copy here. 

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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