There is a difference between federal workers' comp and state workers' compensation cases. If you are hurt on a military site as a civilian, you are covered under the Defense Base Act. The Defense Base Act is a federal worker's compensation program that provides lifetime indemnity and lifetime medical benefits if you cannot perform your former job. Many of those claims involve post-traumatic stress syndrome cases because you were working on a military site and may have been advised or involved in combat or seen a combat or near death situation.
Normally, those cases are handled through the US Department of Labor and you can receive an administrative hearing if any part of your case is being denied. The medical records will be reviewed by an administrative law judge who will decide if you are entitled to future workers' compensation benefits. Normally, because you can't go back to work overseas if you were severely injured, you can receive lifetime wage loss benefits because your pay was probably substantially higher working on a military base in a foreign country compared to a job you would perform in the United States. If you have any questions regarding those cases or the potential lifetime exposure of future checks, please contact the Schwartz Law Firm today in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
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