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Suicides and Mental Trauma of Family Members

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 22, 2012

Civilian Contractors Families have no family support system, no family counseling, plus often the added stress of no medical care and/or disability payments for years on end

Is it a wonder that most DBA Casualty Families are destroyed?

“…we are still discovering, still revealing, fissures and cracks in the family support system.”

Global Research  August 22, 2012

Seven months ago, in December, 2011, Brian Arredondo, age 24, hanged himself in a shed in his mother’s backyard. Brian was the brother of US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. For seven years Brian had had difficulties dealing with the death of his brother.

Brian, like so many military brothers, sisters, spouses, children and parents, fell into the depths of depression following the death of his brother.

These difficulties in coping with his brother’s death played out in Brian in his depression, dropping out of school, using alcohol and drugs, being in and out of drug rehab facilities, in continuing incidents with police for disorderly conduct and finally in suicide.

Please read the entire article here

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Chartis, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Delay, Deny, Dropping the DBA Ball, Hope that I die, PTSD and TBI, Toxic Exposures | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

When do CNA’s Deadly Paper Games become outright lies to Department of Labor?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 19, 2012

How about now DOL ????

Documents showed that CNA reported the highest profits margins, taking in nearly 50 percent more in premiums than it paid out in benefits.

CNA’s Deadly Paper Games

After having defaulted on an Order to provide medical to an Injured War Zone Contractor for over 15 months, after denying for six years prior, CNA provides a computer printout to the Department of Labor Claims Examiner who was charged with  investigating this Default.

Not to give undue credit here, the Claims Examiner was trying to remedy the default per her job description, not confirm that they were in default.

Here is a copy and paste of the body of the correspondence, the full document has been forwarded to the DoL IG for investigation along with computer printout they attached.

Dear Mr Lee

Pursuant to Claims Examiners Kristina Hall’s request of January 3, 2012 and as a supplement to our response dated January 9, 2012, please find enclosed a payment printout showing payments issued by CNA International to medical providers regarding Mr. Clark.  The enclosed printout also shows the recent reimbursement payment of $1,270.34.

Defendents will continue to adjust medical invoices when and as received with accompanying medical reports.
Sounds just like they are paying for Injured War Zone Contractors  Medical over the years.  The reimbursement was for Out of Pocket presented in 2009 and clearly 15 months post order.

Problem here is that these payments were not for provided medical.

One is for a final report, not diagnoses or treatment, requested by CNA prior to hearing , that really made the Doctor mad over wasting his precious time, and the rest are for Defense Medical Examination’s.  Pages 3 and 4 were with held  but we suspect they include the parade of DME’s that were demanded.

The very abusive DME’s that were required repeatedly and outside of his geographic area.  The ones that ALJ Paul C Johnson assisted CNA with.

Not only did CNA represent these DME’s as having provided medical care for this Injured War Zone Contractor when in fact they did not, they reinforced the lie by stating that they will continue to do so.

CNA is currently under investigation for just this kind of unlawful and Overly Zealous Defense in denying Defense Base Act Claims

Unless that is, the DoL IG failed to investigate previous requests or are simply failing to provide documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Defense Medical Examinations, Delay, Deny, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Hope that I die, Interviews with Injured War Zone Contractors, Iraq, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Melt Down, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Veterans, War Hazards Act | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Wade Dill AIG/KBR PTSD DBA Casualty July 16th, 2006

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 15, 2012

After many years of surviving an extremely abusive and Overly Zealous Defense

Wade Dill’s  family was finally provided death benefits under the Defense Base Act

These benefits were recently taken away by the Benefits Review Board when Attorney Bruce Nicholson, who was actively pursuing a settlement with KBR/AIG’s Attorney Michael Thomas, had a contract with the widow, was an attorney with the Law Firm of Peyman Rahnama, was the attorney of record with the BRB, did not as much as respond to the Appeal.

While Bruce Nicholson is the one who apparently purposely abandoned the claim, Michael Thomas and the BRB were more than happy to carry on without notifying the widow that AIG’s appeal of her claim was unopposed.

The man I married was my prince charming.
We had grown up together.
High school sweethearts, we were married 17 ½ years.
I believe that if he had never gone over there he would still be
here today.
Something happened in Iraq.
He committed suicide the morning of July 16th, 2006
He left behind a lot of pain and two ruined lives.
I never dreamed I would be without him
and
my daughter without a father.

Our thoughts are with you today Barb

Posted in AIG and CNA, AWOL Medical Records, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Iraq, KBR, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Misjudgements, PTSD and TBI, Racketeering, T Christian Miller, Veterans, War Hazards Act | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Nine Years Ago Today, Still getting screwed over by CNA !

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 6, 2012

July 7, 2003

Nine years ago you get that phone call you hoped you’d never get

But hey they say, not to worry, the insurance company will take care of everything

Heart is breaking but not to worry

Everything, they say, will be OK

Good thing we’ve been paying for good medical insurance

No way of knowing that the “insurance” was Defense Base Act through CNA, a policy we had never heard of,  looked at, or signed for

Or that  Administrative Law Judge Paul C Johnson would deem his injuries to be alleged when denying him his rights under the DBA

One day we’ll look back at this and be so grateful for our blessings, for what we’ve overcome………

But one day never comes

What’s that in the way?

CNA 

CNA with the assistance of the Department of Labor District Office in Jacksonville

From failing to provide a medical evacuation and abandoning him to the military medical system to defaulting on the order to provide his medical care for nearly two years now after denying for six years.

CNA, their Claims Adjusters, their overly zealous legal representation, and the biased Department of Labor District Office have caused much more physical, mental, and financial  damage than there ever had to be. 

What should have been temporary disabilities have become permanent.

CNA has denied the looking back one day, the moving forward, the healing

If CNA had simply lived up to their responsibilities rather than playing paper games this family would have long moved on

And the US Taxpayers would not be paying ever more to the War Profiteers CNA and their “representation”

Documents showed that CNA reported the highest profits margins, taking in nearly 50 percent more in premiums than it paid out in benefits.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, DBA Attorneys Fees, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Delay, Deny, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Exclusive Remedy, Hope that I die, Interviews with Injured War Zone Contractors, Iraq, Leishmaniasis, Misjudgements, OALJ, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Racketeering, Veterans | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

PTSD Casualty-Hidden war zone scars claim another soldier/civilian contractor’s life

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 5, 2012

Another Defense Base Act PTSD failure.

McIntosh took his own life in February in Harlingen, Texas. He was 35

Doug Robinson at Deseret News  June 5, 2012

Dale McIntosh stands with children in Central America. McIntosh did private security work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dale McIntosh was no stranger to death. When it wasn’t everywhere around him, it was a constant threat, something that kept him literally looking over his shoulder for months at a time.

A former Marine, he hired himself out as a privately contracted bodyguard in the Middle East, where he lived on the edge and saw and did things so terrible that it haunted him. He survived firefights, ambushes, exploding cars, road mines, snipers and rocket-propelled grenades. In the end, he escaped without any wounds, or at least none we could see.

When he returned, he seemed to be the Dale that his friends remembered — charming, gregarious, warm, outgoing — but inside, he was hurting and disturbed. McIntosh brought demons home with him.

In 2006, I wrote a lengthy profile about McIntosh, then a student at Westminster who took time off from his studies to pursue quick money and an adrenaline fix in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the postscript: McIntosh took his own life in February in Harlingen, Texas. He was 35

After graduating from Utah State, Dale served five years in the Marines — part of it in special ops — but felt unfulfilled because he never saw action. He compared it to being an athlete who never got in the game. Eager to use his military skills and see action, he signed on to do private security work. At the time, there was a big demand for security firms, the most famous and controversial of which was Blackwater. With a shortage of manpower, the U.S. government hired the firms to protect American interests and personnel in the Middle East. They were largely ungoverned by law, which did not make them popular at home or abroad. McIntosh spent six months in Afghanistan, five months in Iraq, two months in Bosnia and then another two months in Iraq before returning to Utah in the fall of 2005.

Doug Robinson has written at length about his friend Dale.  Please read the entire story here

 

Posted in Afghanistan, AIG and CNA, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Department of Labor, Iraq, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, PTSD and TBI, Veterans, Xe | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

CNA DBA Casualty Merlin Clark “Alleged” Seventh Anniversary of his “Alleged” Injuries in Iraq

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 6, 2010

July 7, 2003

Doing Battle Area Clearance in a RED ZONE with no security, no weapons, under orders to work anyway, appearances are everything don’t you know

“Allegedly” being blown up in front of  numerous witnesses,  six of whom “allegedly” caught the rest of the frag, he was medivac’d to Acinetobacter Alley, Dogwood Field Hospital in Baghdad.

He was then medivac’d , along with some “Alleged” Acinetobacter to Landstuhl where he was left without a  Medivac for five days.  This in complete disregard of the doctors orders to get him out of there ASAP  so  he would not lose his leg, but still his employer/carrier

DID  NOT ARRANGE ONE.

The military got him to Walter Reed for an extended visit in the “Alleged” OR , ICU, and Ward 57, before CNA so proudly medivac’d him to a civilian hospital.  You would have thought they parted the Red Sea

Merlin, we sure hope that your “Alleged” Injuries turn out to be nothing more than that, Alleged.

Think of how different your life will be when both of your legs and both of your arms and hands work again, you can hear again, you can think clearly again, your back, neck, head do not cause you constant pain, you can sleep at night, your leishmaniasis “heals on it’s own” as they said it would seven years ago.

You’ll be able to work at your profession again, providing a humanitarian service, valued as a person, not treated like a criminal who has already been convicted,  relieved of his rights by an Administrative Law System and those they serve.  You’ll have that money back in your bank account that was drained to cover expenses and will have added considerably more to it.

Your daughter can get the last seven years of her childhood back.

Oh, Please ALJ, make it go away,  make it all be “Alleged”………..

Posted in Acinetobacter, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, Exclusive Remedy, Follow the Money, Leishmaniasis, Misjudgements, OALJ, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Racketeering, State Department | Tagged: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

AIG, CNA, ACE must also fulfill their legal and moral obligations

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 5, 2010

President Obama Friday to BP

“Now, I don’t have a problem with BP fulfilling its legal obligations,” he said. “But I want BP to be very clear, they’ve got moral and legal obligations here in the Gulf for the damage that has been done. And what I don’t want to hear is, when they’re spending that kind of money on their shareholders and spending that kind of money on TV advertising, that they’re nickel-and-diming fishermen or small businesses here in the Gulf who are having a hard time.”

TO:  President Obama from one of our British DBA Casualties

I am so pleased that at long last the President of the USA has decided to make sure people meet not only their LEGAL obligations but also their MORAL ones.

Oh then my disappointment kicked in when he was referring to BP. I agree that BP should meet its obligations in the clean up in the Gulf. I was also pleased to see that he did not want to vent or shout or scream about it but to keep a clear head to resolve the problem.

As for the shrimp fisherman who appeared on TV wanting his life to get back to normal after six weeks,  my heart goes out to him.   However, try three years.   I too would like my life back to as normal as it can be.

Well Mr President let me shout, vent and scream for you.

STOP THE SOUND BITE- MEET YOUR MORAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

BP HAS HAD LESS THAN TWO MONTHS TO SORT THIS OUT.

YOU SIR HAVE HAD NEARLY EIGHTEEN MONTHS TO MEET YOUR MORAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATIONS TO STOP THE ABUSE OF INJURED CONTRACTORS AT THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND THEIR OVER PAID ATTORNEYS.

YOU CONTINUE TO ALLOW THEM TO COMMIT FELONIES KNOWING THEY WILL FACE NO SANCTIONS FOR DOING SO.

NO INVESTIGATION IS CARRIED OUT.

THE DOL CONTINUE TO MEET THESE PEOPLE IN CANDLESTINE MEETINGS.

THE  BUZZ WORD IN THE INDUSTRY IS RISK MANAGEMENT

WELL SIR IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW IT MEANS HOW CAN WE PAY LESS NOT HOW CAN WE MEET OUR MORAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATIONS.

Ah that feels so much better I hope you read this sir so next time you appear in the international media spouting off about MORAL obligations you do not look like a complete fool because the rest of the world has access to the internet and reads these things.   We get the US news channels over here so you are on TV all the time.   I hope the UK media pick up on this.  I am sure they will as I have written too them.

One last point, my claim is over one million dollars, I look forward to receiving every single cent and not some compromised deal,  your words sir not mine.


Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, OALJ, Political Watch, Racketeering | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Who wants to be CNA claims “specialist”?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 23, 2009

CNA Focus on Success

Here we have a job opportunity for someone, preferably with a professional designation,  though it apparently doesn’t matter what  that designation is.

This will be the person making life altering medical denials on behalf of CNA DBA Casualties.

The newbie ought to double check those sick and disability benefits, the prescription drug plan,  and the life insurance.

The flexible spending accounts are probably spot on as long its a War Hazards claim.

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