Burn pits used by the military to destroy trash in Iraq and Afghanistan have been linked to numerous cases of lung disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses in both military personnel and civilian workers employed by government contractors overseas. And, because the illness can take months or years to manifest or be diagnosed, many of these government contractor employees were or are unaware of the link between their burn pit exposure and their subsequent health issues.
If you were employed overseas at or near a burn pit, and as a result you are now suffering from cancer, respiratory or pulmonary illness, skin lesions, rashes, a heart condition, liver or kidney problems, or are experiencing other serious health issues, you have the right to pursue legal action and collect compensation under the Defense Base Act.
Many times your employer or their insurance company will deny that your current illness is the result of burn pit exposure. In fact, the government still contends that burn pit exposure does not cause cancer – while medical experts and Defense Base Act attorneys have clearly proven otherwise. In other cases you may be told that you are receiving all of the benefits you are entitled to, when in fact you are not getting the full DBA compensation for which you qualify.
Retaining a Defense Based Act law firm that has experience handling burn pit cases is very important. Our attorneys will ensure that you receive the maximum benefits to which you are entitled, to provide you with care, an income & peace of mind during your recovery process. And, a Defense Base Act attorney is completely FREE, and your lawyer fees are payable by the insurance company, once approved by the United States Department of Labor.
The attorneys at Cantrell Green are among very few who are specialized in Defense Base Act cases who have handled several burn pit case. We are here to help you collect the compensation you and your family deserve for the devastating illness you have suffered as a result of your employer’s negligence in exposing you to toxic burn pits.
Defense Base Act Benefits for Illness Due to Burn Pit Exposure
If you were employed overseas by a private military contractor and you believe you were injured or made ill by exposure to burn pit smoke and fumes, you are entitled to:
Medical Treatment for Your Burn Pit Related Illness The employer and/or their DBA insurance company must provide all of your necessary medical, physician, surgical & hospital care; as well as all medications, medical devices, therapy, etc. for as long as the illness or the process of recovery requires.
Temporary and Permanent Disability Benefits for Burn Pit illness You receive 2/3 or your average weekly earnings, up to the maximum amount. (The maximum amount changes with the economy.) Temporary disability benefits last for the duration of your illness and inability to work. Permanent disability benefits apply for life.
Call our attorneys to calculate your specific benefit amount.
Death Benefits for Your Family In the tragic event a worker passes away due to the illness, their spouse or one child receives 1/2 of the weekly wage & two or more surviving family members receive 2/3 of the weekly earnings. If the worker is not married and has no children, benefits will go to next of kin.