Who We Help
We represent Defense Base Act clients from all over the United States and abroad who worked overseas to support our troops. The Defense Base Act covers a wide variety of non-military workers. Such workers include, but are not limited to, the following:
Private employees or civilian contractors working overseas on U.S. military bases.
Overseas employees working on a public works contract for a United States government agency for the purposes of national defense or war activities.
Employees who work under a contract approved and funded by the U.S. government abroad.
USO employees of companies that provide moral and welfare services to the soldiers overseas.
The Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation system allows an attorney to provide highly-effective and aggressive legal representation irrespective of geographic proximity, so give us a call from wherever you are located!
Types of Injuries
Working overseas on military bases and/or for the purposes of national defense or war activities is inherently dangerous. Unfortunately, this means that many workers who courageously leave their homes to work in Afghanistan, Iraq, or other war-torn areas will suffer serious and disabling injuries.
These injuries manifest in many forms. Some may suffer from physical injuries, such as spinal or head injuries caused by IED attacks, motor vehicle accidents, or gunshot wounds. Other workers may incur psychiatric injuries like depression or PTSD.
Notably, injures are often compensable even if the injury did not occur during normal working hours, at the employee’s typical place of employment, or while performing regular job duties.
If the employer/carrier refuses to furnish compensation or medical treatment within a certain period of time, the insurance carrier is responsible for paying our fees separate from and in addition to any benefits we fight to obtain on your behalf.
Our promise to you:
- No attorney fees will be charged to our clients. If you don’t recover, neither do we!
- We will not take a percentage of your recovery or benefits, and our fee does not come out of your workers compensation benefits.
- This means every injured worker seeking benefits under the Defense Base Act can afford to hire an attorney!
When deciding upon your legal representation, it is important to choose an attorney who has the experience, knowledge, and passion for fighting on behalf of Defense Base Act workers.
Robert Hoekstra has recovered millions of dollars in compensation and medical benefits for clients all over the United States and beyond. The Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation system allows an attorney to provide highly-effective and aggressive legal representation irrespective of geographically proximity. The team at Hoekstra Law Firm will fight to ensure you receive the maximum financial outcome possible.
If you're a civilian contractor and believe you may be eligible for benefits due to an injury overseas, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your rights, benefits, or the inner-workings of the Defense Base Act workers’ compensation system.