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The Defense Base Act Lawyers at Van Riper and Nies Attorneys settles DBA claims and represents private military contractors injured in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria or anywhere else in the world under a U.S. government contract.. We represent at the Department of Labor and OWCP injured PMCs living in all fifty states, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, and others.  Our Florida Defense Base Act attorneys represent contractors anywhere in the world.  

Georgia DBA  Lawyers offer free legal consultations. North Carolina Defense Base Act Law.  Alabama Defense Base Act representation before DOL. New York Defense Base Act Lawyers. DBA Attorneys in Texas, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois.  Our DBA injury trial attorneys are experienced in the litigation of Longshore and DBA Claims for private military contractors. Don't go to settlement conferences and mediations without a skilled DBA lawyer to help you.  New Jersey Defense Base Act Law. Call Van Riper and Nies Trial Attorneys with questions you may  have about scheduled vs unscheduled injuries, the right under the Defense Base Act to select your choice of physician, average weekly wage (AWW), insurance company nurse case managers,  or any with any other questions regarding your DBA Claim. Call for free Van Riper & Nies DBA Attorneys Defense Base Act Law.  Ohio Defense base Act Lawyer.  Tim Nies, our Chief Defense Base Act Attorney, knows how to settle DBA Claims.  Don't agree to a DBA settlement without first speaking with a top DBA attorney. Our DBA lawyers have settled millions of claims. 

Van Riper & Nies, Florida Defense Base Act Lawyers, help injured private military contractors in Florida  injured in Afghanistan and Iraq with claims before the Department of Labor.  For information on the Defense Base Act: Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers and DBAOur DBA workers compensation law firm is known for leaving no stone unturned in the litigation of D.B.A. claims. Tim Nies is an experienced DBA attorney and military veteran. Our FL Divorce Base Act attorney, Tim Nies, cares about Winning at the DOL level and OALJ level.   New York Defense Base Act Attorney. 

Van Riper and Nies regularly represents Defense Base Act contractors in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and nationwide.  Florida Defense Base Act Lawyer Tim Nies is a veteran. Our DBA trial attorneys represent private military contractors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Port St. Lucie, and all areas of Florida. Our law firm is experienced with Defense Base Act law and the Longshore Act and will prepare the LS-203, which is the first step needed to file a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers, which oversees claims of the Defense Base Act. Our top DBA attorneys represent contractors in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, California and throughout the U.S.  North Carolina Defense Base Act Practice.  Our attorneys can litigate California Defense Base Act Cases.  Los Angeles DBA Attorney : Defense Base Act Settlements.

Our Florida DBA law firm represents private military contractors in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas and all other states. Our Defense Base Act Trial Attorney, Tim Nies, represents contractors in cases against CNA, Continental Insurance Company, AIG, Zurich, Allied World, Gallagher Bassett and other insurance companies. Our workers compensation law firm helps clients in settlement negotiations and mediations under the Defense Base Act law and our DBA law firm makes sure that insurance companies don't lowball our clients. Georgia Defense Base Act Law.  North Carolina Defense Base Act Attorneys. Jacksonville FL Defense Base Act Lawyers. CNA Defense Base Act Litigation. 

Our D.B.A. trial attorneys, Tim and Christian, are experienced in Defense Base Act litigation and accept cases worldwide and offer free consultations. Our law firm assists those injured overseas, including civilian contractors working under a U.S. government contract, or any U.S. agency or department tin Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and on all military bases worldwide. Our nationwide DBA law firm fights for injured workers living in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Raleigh and Fort Bragg, NC, New York, NJ, Ohio, Alaska and the U.S.  DBA Lawyers at Van Riper and Nies fights insurance companies such as Zurich Star Indemnity and Gallagher Basset.  Tim Nies Represents Military Contractors in Claims against AIG, Chartis, Insurance Co. of the State of Penn, CNA, Continental Insurance Group, Zurich, Gallagher Bassett and other DBA insurance companies. Our D.B.A. lawyers complete LS-203 forms required by Office of Worker Compensation Programs, Division of Longshore when submitting a claim for injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our DBA workers compensation attorneys filed the OWCP DOL LS-203.  Call and speak with our DBA Workers Comp Lawyer for free before settling your claim.  Our attorneys file LS203 claims for injured private military contractors.  Office of Workers Compensation Claims OWCP Longshore Division.

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Tim Nies, a military veteran, leads our Defense Base Act Law Group in representing injured PMCs. Our D.B.A attorneys represent private military contractors in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Texas, Tennessee, and worldwide.  Our Florida Defense Base Ac Law  Attorneys represent PMCs at DOL hearings for claims under the Defense Base Act.  Florida Defense Base Act Lawyers. Georgia Defense Base Act Lawyer. North Carolina Defense Base Act Attorney. Ohio Defense Base Act Lawyer, New York Defense Base Act Lawyer. New Jersey Defense Base Act Lawyer. Arizona Defense Base Act Lawyer.  Virginia Defense Base Act Law. Maryland Defense Base Act Lawyer. Mississippi Defense Base Act Lawyer. Washington DC DBA Lawyer.  Florida Defense Base Act Lawyer Tim Nies will go to battle for PMCs against CNA, Zurich, AIG and other DBA insurers.  Florida Defense Base Act Attorney Tim Nies goes to battle against insurance companies for his clients.  

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The following statement is from an actual client, Walter F depicted above.

"During my tenure as a Security Contractor throughout the Middle East, I have known several guys that were injured on the job including myself. I, like the rest of my counterparts, knew very little about DBA and none of us were briefed on the “Right” way concerning DBA or how to deal with the Insurance Company or the Case Worker. That was during the initial phase of the Iraq War when the only people who dealt with the Defense Base Act were the widows of fallen contractors. I learned the hard way just like most of my former teammates. After I went through rehabilitation, I took some time off then went back to work in Afghanistan.

A little more than six years later I was injured again during another convoy. This time around I had the knowledge to deal with the DBA. Before I was shipped home for treatment I was able to do some research on DBA Attorneys. After researching several lawyers I found Tim Nies. Not only was he well versed with the Defense Base Act, he’s a fellow Veteran and an Army Ranger (enlisted) from the 75th, 3rd Battalion. Tim took care of me from day one!

My case was more complex than your average DBA case because my injury was almost identical to the one I sustained in Iraq so naturally the insurance company tried to fight me on it. Tim’s civilian counterparts, the non-veteran types, advised him not to go forward with my case because of the complexity but Tim is a soldier that just happens to have a law degree, not a lawyer that joined the Army for college money so naturally Tim took my case lasted for 26 months and during that time the insurance company tried to stop my medical treatment and they successfully suspended my bi-weekly DBA checks in order to persuade me into accepting their ridiculous settlement amount.

On my behalf, Tim rejected their settlement amount, quickly attained an appointment with a Dept of Labor Judge and successfully contested my unfair treatment concerning the suspension of my bi-weekly compensation payments. I was awarded back payments from the date the insurance company suspended my payments.

In short, Tim saved me from foreclosure. Shortly thereafter, Tim entered into settlement negotiations on my behalf. Because of Tim and his previous experience with DBA, he displayed personal fortitude and a soldier’s constitution that clearly relayed the Warrior’s Motto, “Leave No Man Behind”. The insurance company quickly realized they were fighting a losing battle and agreed to the settlement terms Tim put before them.

At no time during my case did Tim act like a typical lawyer. He always displayed character and acted like a true “Ranger”. He always had my six covered. Not only is Tim a damn fine attorney, he’s a great soldier and a good friend. "

DBA trial attorney, Tim Nies, at our nationwide Defense Base Act Practice Group bring the battle to insurance companies who wrongfully deny private military contractors' medical and compensation claims.

Tim Nies, a U.S. Army Ranger Veteran of the U.S. Army's elite 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and a former insurance company trial attorney leads our Defense Base Act (DBA) practice. Tim, a trial attorney for 18 years, fights for injured private military contractors throughout the United States and worldwide. His special forces military experience, coupled with extensive legal experience working for insurance companies, sets him apart from other DBA attorneys. Tim goes to battle in court and is known for maximizing DBA settlements for his clients. 

Tim has settled DBA cases in the many millions of dollars. When you hire Tim to go to battle for you, Tim represents you all the way. He does not pass you off to a new attorney, as many other law firms do.  He does not allow insurance companies to lowball his clients, who are oftentimes fellow veterans. 

Tim Nies is qualified to practice DBA litigation nationwide pursuant to the Defense Base Act.

Tim sustained a line-of-duty knee injury during a parachute mission with the U.S. Army's 75th Airborne Ranger Regiment.  Thereafter, he underwent months of rehabilitation in Fort Benning, Georgia. Unfortunately was unable to stay in the 75th Ranger Regiment.  Soon after being medically discharged from the U.S. Army, Tim attended law school. Being a military veteran, Tim, more than many other attorneys, knows what it is like to sustain a life-changing injury, to overcome, and to provide for his family.  Tim considers himself lucky. After his injury, the Army, and then the VA, took good care of him. He was able to attend law school on the GI Bill. 

Given his military experience, Tim tenaciously fights for PMCs, who are often seriously injured, then sent back to the U.S. with no compensation and no medical care.  He also represents military contractors in critical settlement negotiations and ensures that his clients are compensated fairly to the maximum extent of the law. Tim was recently selected by Nova Southeastern University to be the guest speaker on Veteran Affairs. He also recently published the article: 10 Tips on Filing a Defense Base Act Claim

It is important to understand the history of the U.S. Defense Base Act. In 1940, the United States began building and expanding military bases overseas in preparation for the growing possibility of war with Japan and Germany. To make sure that the American civilians working overseas had coverage for injuries, the U.S. Congress created the Defense Base Act, which was passed in 1941. The law, intended as a temporary measure for World War II, was only 2,000 words long. Essentially, it said that contractors working overseas had to purchase insurance similar to that required by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, passed in 1927.

Civilian military contractors have played a critical role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, providing security, assisting FAST teams, delivering supplies, fuel and water to frontline troops, guarding U.S. diplomats and translating for soldiers and marines in treacherous raids. More than 1,400 civilian workers have died and 32,000 have been wounded or injured in the two war zones. In accordance with the U.S. Defense Base Act, these civilian contractors, both Americans and foreigners, are to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, the truth is that civilian workers who suffered devastating injuries while supporting the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq have come home to a grinding battle for basic medical care, artificial limbs, psychological counseling and other services. The civilians have to fight a federally supervised insurance system marked by high costs and excessive delays.

Our lead DBA Workers' Compensation Attorney Tim Nies is aggressive and proactive in his fight against these insurance companies who regularly and wrongfully deny or reduce claims of PMCs.  All too often, military contractors who suffer devastating injuries while support the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq come home to a grinding battle for basic medical care, artificial limbs, psychological counseling, physical therapy and other services. Attorney Tim Nies is an Army Ranger veteran and a former insurance company senior trial attorney who knows how to bring the fight to the insurance carriers who wrongfully deny claims.

If you were injured overseas for a company under a U.S. Government contract, compensation under the Defense Base Act may not be your only recourse.  In some instances, someone other than your employer shares responsibility, such as another military contractor or manufacturer of a weapon or machinery. We will pursue all responsible persons or entities on your behalf. 

Our attorneys know how to find all possible avenues of compensation for your injury, and we are not afraid to take on major companies and insurers like Zurich, Allied World, Chartis, Starr Indemnity, Broadspire or Gallagher Bassett. Our attorneys know how to win. 


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