You are entitled to benefits under the Defense Base Act for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have fought for the rights of private military contractors for years to obtain benefits for PTSD. Insurance carriers and their lawyers wrongfully deny many PTSD claims because they believe such a disorder is subjective and that many contractors fake PTSD symptoms because there is no accompanying physical injuries. The reality is that PTSD is a very serious condition that affects many overseas contractors. The stress of working overseas in zones of special danger, very often results in PTSD. This disorder may occur after living through life-threatening events, such as being under attack, traveling in convoys where contractors are regularly attacked or where IEDs are placed or experiencing mortar and rocket attacks. The disorder is characterized by three main types of symptoms:
- Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares.
- Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma or experience.
- Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered.
I have represented many private military suffering with PTSD. I have helped many receive quality medical care with professional counselors and psychiatrists. Without such help the PTSD symptoms may worsen over time. It is important that contractors reach out for help with mental health professionals experienced with PTSD. The main treatments available are psychotherapy (talking with professionals), medications, such as antidepressants or medications to help with nightmares, or both. Every patient is different and unquestionably PTSD affects people differently, so a treatment plan that may work with one contractor may not work with another.
Military contractors diagnosed with PTSD and relating to their employment may qualify for benefits under the Defense Base Act. As a Ranger Veteran of the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, I understand more than many other DBA attorneys the effect that PTSD from working in such war zones has on workers and am known for fighting for my clients.
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