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The War Hazards Compensation Act And Hostile Injury Events


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War Hazards Compensation Act Lawyer Straight Talk

If you are a seriously injured War Hazards Compensation Act Worker - you need to know the facts of life. We give it too you straight. Just good old fashioned, unfiltered, unsweetened truth. Even if that isn't what you want to hear. But if you listen up, we will help you win your War Hazards Compensation Act case."

War Hazards Compensation Act Lawyer - Bill Turley

Helpful Advice

When it comes to the ins and outs of filing a DBA claim, the first step you must take, is always tell the truth. Under no circumstances ever sugarcoat anything. The moment you start to over-exaggerate your injury, is the moment you can kiss your case good bye. Count on it. I have seen it happen to many hard working civilian contractors before. 

Never tell a lie, and always tell the truth. Your credibility with the Defense Base Act insurance company and the Judge depend on it.

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It is full of helpful information that will only benefit you on your road to recovery with your Defense Base Act Claim. 

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Strength vs. Weakness

You can't be afraid to protect your rights.  If you want to get what you are entitled to under the DBA/ WHCA - you have to be ready to take your case to court. You have to be prepared to win. Hoping for a good settlement is a fool's errand.  You want to and need to negotiate from a position of strength.  You don't do that unless you are prepared to win in court.


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The Defense Base Act And The War Hazards Compensation Act

The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) which provides disability compensation and medical benefits to employees and death benefits to eligible survivors of employees of U.S. government contractors who perform work overseas. With a few exceptions, the DBA incorporates the provisions of the LHWCA. The War Hazards Compensation Act applies to DBA workers whom are injured due to hostile actions.

It's All About The Type Of Casualty

The key to understanding the difference between the Defense Base Act and the War Hazards Compensation Act is based upon the type of casualty: non-hostile vs. hostile.

That is, the incident which gives rise to the injury is divided into two types: Non-Hostile and Hostile. Casualties which are the result of a Non-Hostile event are covered under the Defense Base Act. Casualties which are the result of a Hostile event are covered under the War Hazards Compensation Act.

A Typical War Hazards Compensation Act ("WHCA") case

A typical War Hazards Compensation Act ("WHCA") case arises when a Defense Base Act ("DBA") employee is injured by a "war-risk hazard" (read: hostile event). "War-risk hazards" can include the violent actions of a hostile force or person, or an aircraft or vessel mishap in a zone of hostilities.

It’s Out Of Your Control

The laws rules relating to the War Hazards Compensation Act are confusing, elusive and appear to be a moving target.  Meaning many people mis-understand the WHCA rules and regulations and the actual rules themselves are difficult to determine.  For example, the rules were almost completely rewritten in 2004 and then again in 2011. Which is why some consider the WHCA rules to be a moving target.

What Does This Mean To Me?

In the beginning of your claim, most likely you will have no idea or indication that you have a WHCA claim as opposed to a “straight” Defense Base Act claim.  However, once a compensation Order has been issued, then your DBA claim may spiral out of your control. Sort of like a going over Niagra Falls in a barrel is one way to describe the WHCA.  Injured DBA workers usually have little say or control of how or when their claims converted to a WHCA claim.


War Hazards Compensation Act Lawyer: Just good old fashioned truth, unfiltered, unsweetened truth

The War Hazards Compensation Act And Hostile Injury Events


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“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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