“When I seek out professional advice, I want honesty, I want frankness, I want advice straight-up. So should you.”
Defense Base Act Lawyer Bill Turley
ManTech International Corp., Defense Base Act, and Overseas Civilian Contractors
According to their website, ManTech was founded in 1968 to provide advanced technological services to the United States government. “Over the years, our government’s technology needs have increased dramatically in scope and sophistication, and we have grown to meet that challenge.” “Today, [ Mantech International Corp. is] ... a $3 billion public company that provides the innovation, adaptability, and critical thinking our government needs for success in defense, intelligence, law enforcement, science, administration, and other fields—throughout the nation and in many countries throughout the world.”
It you're injured as a ManTech overseas civilian contractor, then you will have a Defense Base Act (DBA) case. The DBA is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Defense Base Act Cumulative Report by Employer - since 2001, Mantech has had over 1,500 DBA injuries.
Is this accurate? We can’t say for sure. But.... what we can say for sure is that the Department of Labor doesn’t believe their own statistics. Each year their reports contain the following disclaimer:
“These reports do not constitute the complete or official casualty statistics of civilian contractor injuries and deaths. They are offered as general information to the public who may be interested in the scope of civilian government contracting overseas.”
Which is the government equivalent of “your mileage may vary” or “measure by weight, not by volume” or “Objects in the rearview mirror may appear closer than they are.” You get the idea. More mumbo-jumbo by the Department of Labor.
Interestingly, the Department of Labor website doesn’t report any deaths for Mantech International Corp. (If you know of a Mantech DBA related death, can you email us to let us know about it? - - We would appreciate it, because we like to stay on top of these things).
A lay of the land
From the Mantech Defense Base act cases we have seen - you can expect to be dealing with one of the following Defense Base Act insurance companies:
- Chartis Worldsource/ Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania
- Zurich American Insurance Company
- Fidelity & Casualty Company of New York/Can International.
Which, of course, means you can expect these insurance companies to hire and retain very, very experienced grizzled DBA insurance company attorneys to deny and/or defeat your DBA claim. They are sharks in expensive suits. I say this because we have cases against these attorneys. They know what they are doing and they are heartless. Meaning, they are paid to deny the claims of widows, orphans, the disabled and the defenseless and the like. Meaning, our typical Defense base Act clients.
If you are a Mantech International Corp. worker that was seriously injured while on a Defense Base Act assignment - - right about now would be a good time to lawyer-up. We recommend you hire the best DBA lawyer you can find. It really is that simple.
You can expect a fight. Maybe today, or maybe tomorrow - but it is coming.
Making decisions based upon emotions....
A good DBA lawyer doesn’t have the same emotional attachment to your case that you have. Folks almost always evaluate their cases based upon emotion, rather than logic and clear thinking.
Combining experience with non-emotional decision-making is the real value in hiring the right DBA lawyer.
If you want to know more about hiring the right DBA Lawyer - - check out this article on the Top 10 DBA Questions (see Questions 2, 3, 4, and 6....)
You have to tell the truth
With your DBA case, nothing matters more than you being honest. Nothing else is even close.. You must be straightforward and honest about your case.
I regularly check out DBA Judges Decisions and Orders for cases that my firm doesn't handle. There are so many instances where a Claimant (read: someone bringing the DBA claim) will fudge, exaggerate , and/or not be straight-up and the Judge will deny their DBA claim.
Sometimes it's because the person wasn't honest.
Way more often it's because the person fell for the DBA insurance company's tricks or traps. They will try and get you to say something that is inaccurate or do something that can be taken the wrong way and boom - they will then attack your credibility at your trial. Then the Judges doubts your credibility. When this happens you will lose. Happens all the time.
The DBA insurance company is not on your side. They have traps laying around everywhere for you to fall in. And bet on it, if you do not follow the proper steps with your DBA case, you will fall right in.
That is the reason why I wrote the book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. So, well meaning folks with legitimate claims don't fall for these DBA insurance company shenanigans.
Understanding the Defense Base Act
When it comes to the DBA, i have a lot of experience. I have seen many people tank their case, it comes down to knowledge and understanding. That is why my website is filled with informational articles about the Defense Base Act.
Top 10 DBA questions
Most people have a ton of questions so i have created this article that addresses the Top 10 Questions I most commonly hear about the DBA.
ManTech International and PTSD
Another issue that comes up all the time with injured overseas contractors is PTSD, which i discuss extensively in an article here.
Get a FREE copy of my 5 Star Book
Remember the DBA insurance company is not your friend. I strongly suggest you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case. Trust me. My only goal here is to make sure honest hard working folks like you, do not get ripped off by these companies.
5 Stars on Amazon
Here are a few examples:
"After calling your firm I did not need to call anybody else"
"One of my biggest concerns was what the future actually was for me. After the injury I now have limitations and could no longer work overseas which meant I was not able to make the living I was earning. After calling your firm I did not need to call anybody else. Grace called me back really quickly which made me feel confident... I did research your web site after my friend told me about your firm. It was helpful to see that others in my same situation were helped by your firm."
- Randy S
Outstanding resource for injured workers in DBA cases.
Folks, if you have a Defense Base Act case, you need to get a copy of this book ASAP! It doesn't matter if you are just starting your case, or are in the middle of it, get this book now. There are many topics covered in detail that I did not know about, that my (previous) attorney did not seem to know about, and that are very difficult to understand via Google searches. Read this book from cover to cover and you will be empowered with a great amount of knowledge. During your case, this could be one of the most important purchases you make.
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This article isn't legal advice
These discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. These testimonials, endorsements, photos and/or discussions do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, or your particular case/ situation. Every case is different. There are any number of reasons why DBA cases are not won and/or are not as successful folks might have hoped for.
Just because we have gotten great results in so many other Defense Base Act cases, doesn't guarantee in particular result in other cases. Including, your DBA case. Every case is different.