Posts Tagged ‘Defense Base Act Insurance’
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 19, 2012
Accused Saco gunman had raised red flags
The man’s wife had gotten a protection order and police saw disturbing signs before Tuesday’s standoff.
Perhaps AIG and their claims adjusters, and their attorneys should be arrested for this
Portland Press Herald
BIDDEFORD — The wife of a Saco man accused of shooting at her and her mother and burning a house down Tuesday had secured a protection-from-abuse order against him on Monday.
Donald A. Henson, 47, was arrested Tuesday night after a three-hour standoff with police at his mother-in-law’s house at 645 Goodwin Mills Road in Dayton. He is charged with aggravated attempted murder, arson and terrorizing.
Police say he shot at his wife and mother-in-law and set two houses and a pickup truck on fire.
Henson made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Biddeford District Court. Justice Paul Fritzsche did not ask him to enter a plea. Henson was being held in the York County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.
Prosecutors had requested $100,000 bail. Fritzsche said he raised it because of Henson’s “incredibly dangerous behavior.”
Henson did not speak during his arraignment. B.J. Broder, the lawyer representing him, said Henson has post-traumatic stress disorder and is disabled.
Broder said Henson was injured in Iraq in 2009 while working as a civilian contractor and it appears that he doesn’t understand his rights because of his mental state.
In an email sent Tuesday morning to Biddeford District Court, a Saco Police Department representative said officers were concerned about Henson’s potential for “homicidal/suicidal” actions
Please read the entire story here
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 18, 2012
CBS/AP KABUL, Afghanistan
Two separate suicide attacks in Afghanistan – both aimed at foreign workers or military forces, left at least 14 civilians dead and three U.S. troops wounded on Tuesday, according to Afghan officials.
The wreck of tje minibus in which eight South African airport contractors were killed in the suicide blast. Photograph: Keystone USA-Zuma/Rex Features
The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan, ISAF, confirmed only that a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest attacked in the Kunar province’s Watahpur district, wounding three foreign troops.
A senior Afghan security official tells CBS News that the bomber walked into a group of American soldiers and local residents who had gathered for a ceremony launching work on a new bridge. He said the ISAF troops wounded were Americans, and an Afghan civilian was also killed in the blast.
Earlier Tuesday, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital, killing at least 13 people in an attack that a militant group said was revenge for an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.
A senior Kabul police official tells CBS News the dead include eight South Africans, four Afghan nationals and one person from Kyrgyzstan. Many of the victims were employees of an aviation company, including pilots. Two sources have told CBS News separately that the victims of the attack worked for a company contracted to fly U.S. State Department staff within Afghanistan, Aviation Charter Solutions (ACS),
Posted in Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Injured Contractors, USAID | Tagged: ACS, Afghanistan, Aviation Charter Solutions, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, South African Contractors Killed, Suicide Attacks, USAID | Leave a Comment »
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: Conversion Disorder, DBA Casualty, DBA Insurance, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, mental health problems, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd | Leave a Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 20, 2012
The family has also been told that Global Security, the company he was working for at the time, had refused to pay out his life insurance
Telegraph and Argus August 20, 2012
Family Battles for Truth About Fatal Plane Crash Two Years On
The family of a soldier turned bodyguard who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan more than two years ago is still battling for a full explanation as to what led to the disaster.
Rebecca Lake, said her family was being “kept in the dark” despite an on-going fight for justice for her brother Daniel Saville, 40, a former Coldstream guard, who was among three Britons who perished when Pamir Airways Flight 1102 crashed north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 17, 2010.
Mr Saville, who grew up in Wilsden , Haworth and Allerton , Bradford, had been only a few weeks away from his return to Britain from working as a private security contractor for a US government agency trying to combat the cultivation of heroin.
A damning official report blaming the failure of the aircraft’s captain and Afghan air traffic control for causing the disaster has been obtained from the Foreign Office by the Telegraph & Argus using the Freedom of Information Act.
But Mrs Lake, 45, of Clayton Heights , Bradford, has made a fresh plea to the authorities to keep her family fully informed of developments as lawyers continue a compensation battle in the US for the British victims of the doomed plane which had been flying on false documents.
She said that, despite investigations in the war-torn country, it had been “difficult” for the Afghan authorities to fully investigate and bring to justice those who were to blame for causing her brother’s death.
The family has also been told that Global Security, the company he was working for at the time, had refused to pay out his life insurance.
Please read the entire article here
Posted in Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Department of Labor, Follow the Money, UK Contractor killed | Tagged: Afghanistan, Daniel Saville, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Global Security, Pamire Airways Crash | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 3, 2012
While even the military realizes the dangers of delaying and denying PTSD Diagnoses and Treatment
The Defense Base Act Insurance Companies and their Overly Zealous Defense continue to brutally delay and deny diagnoses and treatment of PTSD to injured war zone contractors, most having served their country in the military.
In fact they are still allowed to force PTSD patients to undergo psychological interrogation by the infamous Dr John Dorland Griffith who has been discredited over and over again, and falsely accused injured war zone contractors of malingering. Many PTSD claims were denied based on his paid in cash testimony.
In case after case treatable PTSD becomes a chronic lifelong condition, destroying lives, shredding families.
Ultimately costing taxpayers and our society as a whole much more in the long run but provide more profits for the insurer and ever more fees for attorneys on both side of this boondoggle.
The Department of Labor presented policy five years requiring PTSD Claims to be expedited but the policy was never implemented.
Wired’s Danger Room
In a big reversal, the Army has issued a stern new set of guidelines to doctors tasked with diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning soldiers. Stop spending so much time trying to spot patients who are faking symptoms, the new guidelines instruct. Chances are, they’re actually ailing.
The 17-page document has yet to be made public but was described in some detail by the Seattle Times. In it, the Army Surgeon General’s Office specifically points out — and discredits — a handful of screening tests for PTSD that are widely used by military clinicians to diagnose a condition estimated to afflict at least 200,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
The Army Surgeon General finds great fault with a dense personality test popular with clinicians that ostensibly weeds out “malingerers,” as PTSD fakers are known.
But the results of what’s known as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Test are flawed, according to the report. PTSD sufferers often exhibit anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks and depression — all of which, some doctors believe, can be discounted under the test. The test devotes a large swath of questions to catching apparent exaggerations of symptom severity, seemingly inconsistent answers, or reported symptoms that don’t mesh with the typical signs associated with an illness.
“The report rejects the view that a patient’s response to hundreds of written test questions can determine if a soldier is faking symptoms,” the Seattle Times summarized. Where PTSD is concerned, that’s especially true. The condition is accompanied by symptoms that can differ markedly between patients: Some are hyperactive, others are lethargic; some exhibit frenetic rage while others are simply sullen and depressed.
“And,” the Times continued, “[the report] declares that poor test results ‘does not equate to malingering.’”
Those tests were the standard of care at Madigan Army Medical Center — which is a big deal. Located in Tacoma, Washington, Madigan isn’t just one of the military’s largest medical installations. It’s home to a forensic psychiatry team tasked with deciding whether soldiers diagnosed with PTSD were sick enough to qualify for medical retirement. In March, the Army launched an investigation of the Madigan team after Madigan’s screening procedures allegedly reversed 300 of the PTSD diagnoses among soldiers being evaluated.
The reversals resulted in some soldiers being diagnosed with “personality disorders” and others left with no diagnosis at all. Madigan allegedly used the tests to save money by limiting the number of patients who’d qualify for retirement. “
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, AWOL Medical Records, Chartis, Civilian Contractors, 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, KBR, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Melt Down, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, Suicide, Veterans, Veterans Affairs | Tagged: Chronic PTSD, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Department of Labor, DoL, Dr. John Dorland Griffith, Fake Bad Scale, Malingerers, Malingering, MMP, MMPI, Overly Zealous Defense, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ptsd, PTSD Claims to be Expedited, Veterans | 2 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 26, 2012
Guest Post by Doug Grauel, ESQ July 26. 2012
DBA insurance companies scurry a lot.
They can’t seem to take a claim, look at it, make a reasoned statement of how they see it, and have a conversation about it. Instead they see a claim coming, so they scurry. The scurrying gets so fast it’s like watching a magician running a shell game. One of the favorite deceptions has to do with Average Weekly Wage (on the front end) or Residual Earning Capacity (sometimes called Residual Functional Capacity) on the back end.
Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is generally thought of as the rate of pay that an injured worker was making at the time that he or she was hurt. Section 10 of the Longshore Act tells you how to calculate AWW–sort of. For most overseas war zone contractors, AWW is the amount that you would have earned working at your regular, time-of-injury job for one year, divided by 52. This means that you include overtime, hazard pay, and all the rest to your base pay, figure out what a “typical” year would have looked like, and divide by 52. Roughly. If you are unlucky enough to get hurt before you have worked a year, then there is issue of possible annual or completion bonuses. Workers who are hurt in the third year of overseas work, even if each year was a one-year stint, have stronger claims for higher wages than workers who get hurt six weeks after they arrive on base. It’s just how the world works.
Carriers love this simple trick:
Overseas contractors often earn enough that their DBA/Longshore compensation rate is the maximum. So if you’re an adjuster, do you bother to figure out the real AWW? No way: You just say, “This year’s max is $1295.20. The comp rate is 2/3 AWW, which is the same as .666xAWW. So .666xAWW=$1295.20. Therefore AWW=$1295.20/.666= $1944.74.” But $1944.74×52=$101,126.48. Plenty of overseas contractors are making more than that if you include hazard pay, overtime, and so on. So that AWW that the adjuster cooked up is too low. Why should you care, if you get the max rate anyway?
Here’s why: After you get a little medical treatment, suddenly the adjuster sends you a “Labor Market Survey,” claiming that you could be working at $12.00 an hour for 35 hours a week. That’s about $420 per week, or $21,840 per year. So now your comp benefits go down, because the carrier says your comp rate should be 2/3 of the difference between AWW at the time of injury ($1944.74) and your residual earning capacity ($420). $1944.74-$420=$1524.74. $1524.74x.666=$1015.48.
Presto: You lose $1295.20-$1015.48=$279.72 per week, or $14,545.44 per year.
All because the adjuster didn’t want to figure out what your real AWW should be.
Douglas Grauel, Esq. |
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Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act | Tagged: Average Weekly Wage, AWW, Claims Adjusters, DBA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Doug Grauel, Hazard Pay, Labor Market Survey, LHWCA, longshore, Longshore Harbor Workers Act, Overtime Pay, Residual Earning Capacity, Residual Wage Earning Capacity | Leave a Comment »
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 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: ALJ Paul C Johnson, bad faith insurance, Civilian Contractor, Civilian Contractors, CNA, CNA DBA Casualty, CNA Insurance Company, CNA's Claims Adjusters, Contractor Casualty, DBA, DBA Casualty, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys Fees, Defense Base Act Insurance, Delay Deny Hope that I die, Department of Labor, DoL, Injured War Zone Contractor, injured war zone contractors, Medical Evacuation, Overly Zealous Defense, Overly Zealous representation | 1 Comment »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 21, 2012
A settlement is when the insurance company pays you a lump sum amount to close out your indemnity, your medical, or both.
It is only a settlement when you are paid a lump sum amount of money and you are done with the insurance company.
Nothing else is a settlement.
An agreement based on stipulations to pay you XX amount of money every month is not a settlement, your claim is not then settled.
And an agreement to provide your medical for your agreed upon injuries does not mean your medical is settled. In fact it means you will continue to litigate
But these agreements do allow the Insurance Company to seek reimbursement under the War Hazards Act as though they were settled
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Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 13, 2012
Mushfiq was taken to Bagram Airfield and treated at the American hospital. But just as quickly as he was rushed into the hospital, his employer, wanted to rush him out to a less costly hospital. “They tried to convince me to go to the Kabul hospital,” he said. “They even tried to sell the allure of flying in a helicopter to get to the hospital. If I had gone to the Kabul hospital, I would not have been protected. I was a target, too. That day I could have been murdered.”
Mission Essential Personnel said they do not make such decisions. “In this case, the transfer would have been handled by MEP’s insurance provider, Vetted International,” said the defense contractor’s spokesman, Sean Rushton. “We contacted Vetted and they said, Mr. Mushfiq ‘was NEVER at risk whilst in our care.’
Mushfiq said it was the U.S. military that helped him remain where he felt comfortable long enough to heal, and also stepped in to assist him in getting prosthetic legs. He returned home but was targeted as a traitor and a Kafir.
In July 2009, Mission Essential Personnel reached a settlement with Mushfiq. Mushfiq spent the money on security guards to protect him and his wife and bribes to leave the country safely.
SF Gate June 10, 2012
Ahmad Reshad Mushfiq is a 31-year-old man who walks with a cane and a slight limp. His flawless English belies the fact that he has been in the United States for little more than a year. Even in the hottest weather, he wears jeans. He has a permanent smile that exudes hope. Few could guess he is missing both legs.
I first met Mushfiq in Fremont two days after he had come to California to seek permanent U.S. residence. He, and his pregnant wife, Farzana, had come a long way. They were homeless, impoverished and urgently seeking assistance. Many immigrants come to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. This couple came in quest of freedom from war and threats to their lives
Please see the original and read the entire story here
Posted in Afghanistan, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Injured Contractors, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: Afghan Interpreter, Afghan Refugee, Ahmad Reshad Mushfiq, DBA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, MEP, Mission Essential Personnel, Vetted, Vetted International | 5 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 12, 2012
Per the State Department: July 23, 2012
Contractors requiring DBA insurance will need to purchase the insurance in the open market. Contractors subject to the Act are legally responsible for ensuring that their employees are insured. We are providing contractors with a link to the Department of labor’s list of authorized DBA Insurers.
Agency: U.S. Department of State
Office: Office of Logistics Management
Location: Acquisition Management
Posted in Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, State Department | Tagged: Civilian Contractors, DBA Insurance Solicitation, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Insurance Solicitation, RFP Cancelled, State Department, State Department Contracts | 3 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 6, 2012
In addition to cost concerns, the current system has failed to ensure that all injured workers obtain health care services, disability payments, or death benefits they and their families deserve
“There is absolutely no reason American taxpayers should be lining the pockets of private insurance companies,” said Cummings.
“This bill would save billions of dollars while improving the ability of contractor employees who risk their lives in war zones to obtain the medical care and support they deserve.”
Committee on Government and Oversight Reform June 6, 2012
Washington, DC (June 6, 2012) —Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, introduced legislation today that would save taxpayers huge sums of money by transitioning the existing workers’ compensation insurance system for overseas government contractors away from private sector insurance companies to a federal self-insurance program.
“There is absolutely no reason American taxpayers should be lining the pockets of private insurance companies,” said Cummings. “This bill would save billions of dollars while improving the ability of contractor employees who risk their lives in war zones to obtain the medical care and support they deserve.”
According to a 2009 Pentagon study, Congress could save as much as $250 million a year by transitioning the existing Defense Base Act (DBA) insurance program to a government self-insurance program. The study found: “In the long run, the self-insurance alternative may have the greatest potential for minimizing DBA insurance costs, and it has several administrative and compliance advantages as well.”
Cummings’s legislation, H.R. 5891, The Defense Base Act Insurance Improvement Act of 2012, would direct the Departments of Defense and Labor to establish a self-insurance program in which the government would pay directly for medical benefits and disability benefits rather than utilizing private insurance companies.
The existing system has been a boondoggle for private insurance companies, who have reaped enormous profits under the program. According to an Oversight Committee investigation, insurance companies providing DBA insurance in Iraq and Afghanistan have made enormous underwriting profits that are significantly higher than those of traditional workers’ compensation insurers.
The current DBA system requires contractors to purchase workers’ compensation insurance for employees working overseas from private insurance carriers, and the contractors and insurance companies negotiate their own rates. Since the costs of the insurance premiums are often built into the price of the contract with the government, there is little incentive for contractors to limit insurance costs.
Cummings’s bill would set a six month deadline for the Departments of Defense and Labor to develop an implementation strategy to transition to a self-insurance program, and it would require the strategy to be executed within a year after the bill is enacted.
The legislation would also require the Departments of Defense and Labor to issue a report one year after the program is implemented to assess its effectiveness in terms of cost-savings and the delivery of benefits.
In addition to cost concerns, the current system has failed to ensure that all injured workers obtain health care services, disability payments, or death benefits they and their families deserve. An analysis by ProPublica found that private insurance companies had denied about 44% of serious injury claims and about 60% of claims by employees suffering psychological damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
At the request of Congressman Cummings, the Domestic Policy Subcommittee held a hearing in 2009 to evaluate these findings, which confirmed that the Defense Base Act is in desperate need of reform.
Posted in Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: ACE, AIG, Civilian Contractors, CNA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Insurance Reform, Elijah E Cummings, H.R. 5891, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, injured war zone contractors, Insurance News, Oversight Committee Investigation, Rep Elijah E Cummings, The Defense Base Act Insurance Improvement Act of 2012 | 6 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 2, 2012
At the risk of sounding repetitive:
It is NEVER a good thing when your DBA Attorney/Lawyer is not returning your calls and emails
It is NEVER a good thing when your DBA Attorney/Lawyer is not sending you copies of correspondence and actions on your claim
It is NEVER a good thing when your DBA Attorney/Lawyer refuses to send evidence to the DoL Claims Examiner when asked to do so
It is NEVER a good thing when you never receive copies of actions on your claim from the DoL
If your DBA Attorney/Lawyer is, or ever was, Bruce Nicholson, or
If your DBA Attorney/Lawyer was Dennis Nalick and you left your file with Matthew Singer or
If your DBA Attorney/Lawyer is one of the sign em and stack em high volume, low results, insurance company favorites or
If your DBA Attorney/Lawyer does not have malpractice insurance (it is not required to handle DBA claims)……
Remember that it is you and your families future at stake and stay on top of your claim
Because these DBA Attorneys/Lawyers are capable of saving the insurance companies millions of dollars on the backs of widows and disabled contractors
YOU must do this for yourself and do it when you first begin to have doubts
Posted in Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, Hope that I die, Injured Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act | Tagged: Aaron Walters, Bruce H Nicholson, Bruce Nicholson, DBA Attorneys, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Dennis Nalick, Department of Labor, LHWCA, Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act, Malpractice Insurance, Mathew Singer | 2 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 5, 2012
Fourth Quarter 2011 Contractor Casualties numbers are taken from the DoL’s Defense Base Act Case Summary
so only reflect the numbers of Casualties legally reported to the Department of Labor.
These numbers reflect Defense Base Act Claims from around the world and claimants of all nations, employers, and carriers.
Contractor DBA Death claims filed from Oct 1, 2011 through December 31 2011 – 87
Contractor Injuries Claims filed – 3,552
Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, Uncategorized, Zurich | Tagged: Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Department of Labor | 5 Comments »
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on December 28, 2011
This news release at the DoL’s website is NOT dated but this was a recent appointment though she has been in the position for nearly a year now.
Miranda Chiu is much appreciated by the Defense Attorneys
Dropping the DBA Ball
She did not even implement her own policies, regulations, and procedures
Looks like DBA Claimants are in for a lot more of the same bias in favor of the insurance companies if the last nine years serve as an indicator
The Office of Workers’ Comp Programs announces the appointment of Ms. Miranda Chiu as the Director of the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation. Ms. Chiu has served as Acting Director of the Longshore Division for the last eight months, and as the Division’s Chief of the Branch of Policies, Regulations and Procedures for eight years before that.
Ms. Chiu has extensive experience in Longshore claims. She worked in various capacities in the Longshore arena for thirty years, beginning as a Claims Examiner in the San Francisco Longshore district office, then as a maritime claims supervisor in private industry and a legal assistant at a major Longshore law firm, before taking on her duties as Branch Chief in 2002.
Ms. Chiu holds a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature, and has published a lead article in ‘The Longshore Textbook’, 2nd and 3rd Editions. She is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and educational events and has won numerous awards for her work at the Department of Labor
Posted in Civilian Contractors, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Insurance, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Injured Contractors, LHWCA Longshore Harbor Workers Compesnation Act, Political Watch, PTSD and TBI, War Hazards Act | Tagged: DBA, Defense Base Act, Defense Base Act Claims, Defense Base Act Insurance, Department of Labor, DoL, injured war zone contractors, LHWCA, Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act, Maritime Claims, Miranda Chiu, OWCP, ptsd, War Hazards Act, WHA | 1 Comment »