Civilian Contractors To Remain, Despite Troop Redeployment

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 21-Oct-2011

Although announcements regarding U.S. troop redeployment from Iraq have hit newsstands with vigor, the removal of military members will not result in an end for American presence in the troubled country as it rebuilds. Instead, American contractors will remain, replacing any of the jobs previously held by military men and women.

Thousands of contractors from the U.S. have supported troops in Iraq since the war began. But while contractors aided efforts, they have always experienced criminal immunity similar to troops. Contractors will still remain accountable to the system of Iraqi criminal justice, how they will be held in terms of U.S. law is still unknown.

Instead of being overseen by U.S. military officials, contractors will instead operate under the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The management of such contractors has many critics wondering if the Embassy is well equipped to deal with the change. In addition, lawsuits regarding the benefits, treatment, and management of contract employees in the Middle East continue to emerge in the news, provoking concern about companies, like Kellog, Brown & Root (KBR, Inc.) out of Houston, Texas.

According to reports, U.S. contractors remaining in Iraq will serve as trainers for Iraqi police and military forces and government advisors, rather than operating as security for U.S. diplomats.

A recent suit by the parents of a Green Beret, who was electrocuted in a shower while working in Iraq has resulted in the ruling by a federal judge that the case will be governed in a U.S. court rather than by Iraqi laws. Such a case is a prime example of some of the struggles contractors have endured when filing suit against contract companies such as KBR, Inc.

The shower facility was maintained by KBR, was discovered by investigations to be caused by improper maintenance of a water pump, which caused the electrocution.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured, killed or experienced the negative results of civilian contractor negligence, call our contractor negligence attorneys in Killeen, San Antonio, Austin and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492,contact us online or visit one of the 11 locations for our civilian contractor law firm for a free consultation today. We care. We can help.


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