Government Contractors Seek Benefit Compensation
Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 27-Sep-2011
A Defense Base Act system investigation has uncovered deficiencies in medical care and disability payment for private U.S. government contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, a study by ProPublica and the Los Angeles Times revealed.
In a class action suit filed by private contractors for the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan, employees claimed that insurance companies and firms representing them denied medical care, disability payments and “lied, cheated and threatened injured contractors.” In addition, federal employment laws were ignored, according to contractors filing the suit.
Backed by the Defense Base Act, a law that created a system of employee compensation for contract workers employed by the government, the suit seeks $2 billion in damages.
Civilian Contractor Benefits
With thousands and thousands of U.S. federal contractors present in Afghanistan and Iraq, thousands of injuries claims have been filed. In addition, thousands of contractors have been killed. Upwards of 1,400 civilian employees have died in the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan and as many as 31,000 have been injured.
The existence of contractors injured and killed in the Middle East as they accompany and support U.S. troops has boosted the number of injury claims associated. With an abundance of injuries and deaths, the system of claims, medical insurance deficiencies, and inattention have been revealed, resulting in the recent civilian contractor lawsuit.
Paid for with taxpayer money, the Defense Base Act loopholes, burrowed by big insurance companies and other federal contractors, have angered citizens with fraudulent use of tax dollars. While funds were supplied as a method of supporting the rising number of government contractors in the Middle East, insurance companies and contract employers are accused of denying claims and even withholding benefits entirely from some employees, although claims are being denied by companies like AIG and KBR.
Government Contractor Insurance Claims
Though attorneys for the contractors are seeking compensation for damages, AIG and KBR have shifted the blame to the delivery of benefits.
The insurance system for civilian contractors has actually prompted profit for AIG, who is one company that collected a share of almost $1.5 billion in insurance premiums paid for by tax dollars.
In an interview with ProPublica, Abilene, Texas truck driver, Kevin Smith discussed his role in the war, saying, “We don’t want million-dollar bonuses. We want what we deserve. That’s it. Anybody, anybody that goes into a war situation and does something for their country deserves some kind of honor, some kind of dignity.”
Smith endured severe injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), resulting from his service in Iraq as a government contractor, struggling to get AIG to pay for his medical care after his diagnoses.
Civilian Contractor Lawyers in Texas
If you or someone you love has worked as a U.S. civilian contractor in Iraq or Afghanistan and has struggled to receive benefits due, call our government contractor benefits lawyers in Killeen, San Antonio, Austin or statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online, or visit one of the 11 locations for our Texas law firm for a free consultation today. Our experienced government contract attorneys in Texas will help you seek just and fair compensation. We Care. We Can Help.
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