Injured Overseas Non-military Workers
The Withdrawal from Afghanistan
And the Legal Rights of Contractors
On August 31, 2021, United States military forces completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition, civilian personnel, including contractors were required to leave the country. Integrated in the evacuation were both American foreign, and Afghani civilians who worked for both, private, and governmental entities.
Under the Defense Base Act, a civilian contractor who suffers from either an injury due to an accident or a disease or condition due to his or her employment is entitled to submit a claim for both disability and medical benefits. Therefore, if you suffered an injury or you believe you may have incurred a disease or condition, either orthopedic, neurological, psychiatric, or any other condition as a result of your service in Afghanistan, you should consult with an attorney who specializes in Defense Base Act cases.
The fact there is no longer an opportunity to return to work in Afghanistan does not affect your right to claim benefits. Such claims should be asserted either prior to or soon after starting a new job, either overseas or in the United States. Do not hesitate if you feel you have a claim!
I have been representing injured civilian contractors working overseas and on military bases since 1977, and I continue to do so. If I can assist you in your claims, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to helping you receive what is due you through your overseas services.