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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
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 »

Barbara Dill, Wade Dill vs AIG/KBR SEII

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 7, 2011

Dill vs. SEII and AIG

The Department of Labor Office of Administrative Judges  has issued a 44 page

Decision and Order

declaring that an injured contractor suffered a psychological injury

as a result of his employment and that the injury led to suicide.

Survivor benefits were awarded to Dill’s widow and daughter.

Dill was hired by SEII, a defense contractor insured by AIG,

as a pest control specialist.

His job was to kill insects and trap rodents and certain feral animals.

He took the job to improve the family finances, pay down debt and

provide for his daughter’s education.

Dill was given psychological testing before being assigned to Iraq.

He was declared fit for service.

The ALJ determined that Dill’s work required his long term

physical separation from his family and exposure to a war zone environment,

“replete with both generally stressful conditions and specifically stressful incidents.

In the Judge’s opinion the changes in Dill’s behavior,

circumstances at home and the taking of his own life

were enough to connect his work to his death.

The employer was unable to overcome

the requisite legal burden to defeat the claim.

The Judge also declared that the suicide was the result

of an irresistible impulse that followed

a series of powerful countervailing impulses experienced

over a period of time.

Attorney Bruce Nicholson commented on the decision:

“The decision represents a sound road map for work related contractor suicide claims and is unlikely to be overturned when followed.”

Posted in AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, Iraq, KBR, OALJ, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Wade Dill Casualty Counted: PTSD Suicide Defense Base Act Claim Awarded

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 30, 2011

It is difficult to consider this Justice after what KBR and here,

AIG and their attorneys and the Department of Labor

have put her and her daughter through these many years


Just it is

On January 21st a decision by ALJ  Steven B Berlin

Dill vs. KBR SEII and AIG


Barbara Dill

Defense Base Act Benefits for the PTSD Suicide Death of her husband

Wade Dill

upon his return from Iraq more than four years ago.

We have the decision and will update with more details, surely there is more to come

as well as thanks to the many people who helped shed light on the truth, but for now

Barbara and Sara may you rest a bit easier knowing that

a belated Justice has been bestowed upon

yours and your husbands good names

Posted in Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Department of Labor, Dropping the DBA Ball, Iraq, OALJ, PTSD and TBI, T Christian Miller | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Wade, honey, can you drop what your doing? It’s KBR on the phone for you

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 18, 2010

Wade Dill Casualty not Counted

From Barbara Dill just a few days ago:

“I just got a call from, get this, KBR.  Yep, They asked for Wade Dill.  The number they called from was 713-753-4177.  This is the third or fourth time they have called trying to recruit him back to work

Isn’t it funny that they can’t find any medical records on anyone that needs them, but they can still hang on to a dead mans job application from over 4 years ago!!

Medical Records from KBR were a vital part of evidence proving that Wade Dill was suffering symptoms of PTSD while he was in Iraq.

But like so many other injured KBR contract employee’s,  Wade’s  Medical Records have gone AWOL.

KBR continues to support it’s corporate bedfellow AIG over the contractors and their families.   Wade must have been of some value to them or they wouldn’t keep trying to bring  him back from the grave.  Maybe if Wade had known how quickly they would throw his wife and daughter under the bus he’d have thought better the first time they called.

Failure to produce these records does not jeopardize KBR in any way.

But if the contractor failed to produce any record asked for or refused to to go to AIG’s hired scumbag doctors for Defense Medical Examinations they could  automatically lose their claim.  See SEII/AIG vs.Gerald Talbott also the DBA X Files.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Department of Labor, KBR, Melt Down, Misjudgements, PTSD and TBI | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

The Other Victims of Battlefield Stress; Defense Contractors’ Mental Health Neglected

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 26, 2010

The Wars Quiet Scandal at the Daily Beast

by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica – February 26, 2010

On the one-year anniversary of her husband’s suicide, Barb Dill breaks down at her husband’s tombstone. Wade Dill, a Marine Corps veteran, took a contractor job in Iraq. Three weeks after he returned home for good, he committed suicide (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / Redding, CA / July 16, 2007).

REDDING, Calif. — Wade Dill does not figure into the toll of war dead. An exterminator, Dill took a job in Iraq for a company contracted to do pest control on military bases. There, he found himself killing disease-carrying flies and rabid dogs, dodging mortars and huddling in bomb shelters.

Dill, a Marine Corps veteran, was a different man when he came back for visits here, his family said: moody, isolated, morose. He screamed at his wife and daughter. His weight dropped. Dark circles haunted his dark brown eyes.

Three weeks after he returned home for good, Dill booked a room in an anonymous three-story motel alongside Interstate 5. There, on July 16, 2006, he shot himself in the head with a 9 mm handgun. He left a suicide note for his wife and a picture for his daughter, then 16. The caption read: “I did exist and I loved you.”

More than three years later, Dill’s loved ones are still reeling, their pain compounded by a drawn-out battle with an insurance company over death benefits from the suicide. Barb Dill, 47, nearly lost the family’s home to foreclosure. “We’re circling the drain,” she said.

While suicide among soldiers has been a focus of Congress and the public, relatively little attention has been paid to the mental health of tens of thousands of civilian contractors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. When they make the news at all, contractors are usually in the middle of scandal, depicted as cowboys, wastrels or worse.

No agency tracks how many civilian workers have killed themselves after returning from the war zones. A small study in 2007 found that 24 percent of contract employees from DynCorp, a defense contractor, showed signs of depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, after returning home. The figure is roughly equivalent to those found in studies of returning soldiers.

If the pattern holds true on a broad scale, thousands of such workers may be suffering from mental trauma, said Paul Brand, the CEO of Mission Critical Psychological Services, a firm that provides counseling to war zone civilians. More than 200,000 civilians work in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the most recent figures.

“There are many people falling through the cracks, and there are few mechanisms in place to support these individuals,” said Brand, who conducted the study while working at DynCorp.”There’s a moral obligation that’s being overlooked. Can the government really send people to a war zone and neglect their responsibility to attend to their emotional needs after the fact?”

The survivors of civilians who have committed suicide have found themselves confused, frustrated and alone in their grief.

“If I was in the military, I’d at least have someone to talk to,” said Melissa Finkenbinder, 42, whose husband, Kert, a mechanic, killed himself after returning from Iraq. “Contractors don’t have anything. Their families don’t have anything.”

Some families of civilian contractors who have committed suicide have tried to battle for help through an outdated government system designed to provide health insurance and death benefits to civilian contractors injured or killed on the job.

Under the system, required by a law known as the Defense Base Act [2], defense firms must purchase workers’ compensation insurance for their employees in war zones. It is highly specialized and expensive insurance, dominated by the troubled giant AIG and a handful of other companies. The cost of it is paid by taxpayers as part of the contract price.

But the law, which is designed to provide coverage for accidental death and injury, blocks payment of death benefits in the case of almost all suicides. Cases linked to mental incapacity are the lone exception, judges have ruled.

A joint investigation last year by ProPublica, ABC News and the Los Angeles Times [3] revealed that contract workers must frequently battle carriers for basic medical coverage. While Congress has promised reforms, there has been no discussion of changing the law when it comes to suicides involving civilian defense workers.

The military, by contrast, allows survivors to receive benefits in cases in which a soldier’s suicide can be linked to depression caused by battlefield stress.

Hundreds of soldiers have committed suicide since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, according to studies by the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In response, the Defense Department has become more active in trying to prevent suicide than its hired contractors, military experts said.

The military is “aggressively trying to reach people and do intervention beforehand and set up suicide awareness programs,” said Ian de Planque, a benefits expert at the American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans group. “Awareness of it has increased. I don’t know that it’s transferred over to the civilian sector at this point.”

Birgitt Eysselinck has spent years trying to prove that her husband’s death in Iraq was related to stress from his job with a company specializing in the removal of land mines and explosive ordnance. So far, courts have sided with the insurance firm, Chicago-based CNA, in denying Eysselinck’s claim. (CNA declined to comment, citing privacy reasons.)

Eysselinck, 44, said that neither federal judges nor insurance adjusters understand that civilian contractors face many of the same risks in Iraq and Afghanistan that soldiers do. Her husband, Tim Eysselinck, endured mortar attacks and frequently traveled across Iraq’s dangerous highways, she said.

“There is a huge percentage of contractors who are silently suffering,” Eysselinck said. “That obviously puts them and their families at risk. Communities are bearing the brunt of this, especially the families.”

Also see how these families are treated by AIG and CNA in the legal system

Read the full story in Propublica here

Posted in AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Department of Labor, T Christian Miller | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

In Memory of Wade E Dill

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 15, 2009

We lost Wade to PTSD three years ago today July 16. 2006

Wade Dill Family photo 22

Wade was working for KBR,  AIG continues to deny benefits to his family

Thinking about you today and everyday

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DBA Attorney Bloodsucking from a turnip

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 14, 2009

The wife of a  PTSD Suicide DBA  Casualty finally has a hearing coming up in a few months.

As with so many others  this claim has been drug out and this woman has been demoralized and drug through the mud.

She is on the verge of losing most everything else when her DBA Lawyer tells her she must pay him $10,000 or he will no longer be able to proceed with her case.   Is he planning on losing?  Can’t hold out that long like she has too?

We are told this is not illegal although the DBA requires all legal fees to be approved by the DoL.

Of course, we’re not lawyers and may have a “misguided interpretation” of the Defense Base Act.

Maybe this lawyer has a “misguided interpretation” of humanity.

Not to worry Widow, there are some very capable and caring  DBA Lawyers willing to win your case.

UPDATE:  Dennis Nalick took this case for the Widow without charging her a dime and with the realization that he may never see a dime.  He won this very important claim for her.  The Bloodsuckers entry for fees has been appealed.

Posted in AIG and CNA, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Attorneys, Defense Base Act Lawyers, Misjudgements | Tagged: , , , | 6 Comments »

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