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American security contractor employee killed in Iraq

The city of Ramadi in Iraq has been fought over a number of times since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Iraqi forces retook the city from ISIS militants late last year, but efforts to reclaim the city have been hampered by the presence of booby traps and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

A man working for American security contractor Janus was killed recently while defusing a mine in the central Iraq city.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State awarded to Janus a $20 million contract to remove mines from Ramadi, according to an article in the Independent. A State Department spokesperson said clearing unexploded ordnance has enabled the restoration of electrical power to the city, as well as water, health care and schooling.

The man killed has not been named, the article says, though he has been confirmed as a British citizen.

When these kinds of tragedies happen, the Defense Base Act can help ensure that families that have lost loved ones receive compensation. The Act can also come into play when a private citizen working on a government contract overseas suffers an injury.

Injuries can include back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, shoulder injuries, loss of limb and more.

The Act ensures that eligible workers are covered with workers' compensation insurance. Sometimes insurers will attempt to deny coverage to those who need and deserve benefits, however.

In those situations, a confidential conversation with a Houston Base Defense Act attorney can help you understand the rights you have and the steps you need to take.

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