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Around the world, in every type of job

They are truck drivers, construction workers, accountants, doctors, security personnel, teachers and more. They are civilian contractors working for the U.S. government around the world.

Some of them are working at ordinary jobs you find in Houston and around the country, while others are taking care of tasks very specific to the place they are sent to by the Pentagon and their employer.

Some of the jobs involve dangerous duties, while in other occupations boredom is probably the employee's greatest enemy. Much of the risk factor is attributable to geography. Workers in Germany or Japan are typically in less danger than people who accept job assignments in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

No matter where a person works, there is always a danger of injury, of course. Just as people are injured in "safe" office jobs here at home, people are injured doing ordinary jobs in remote destinations. And when those injuries occur, civilian contractors working for the U.S. government are covered by the Defense Base Act.

That means employees can expect medical coverage so that expenses are covered for all needed treatments. It can also mean disability benefits for those who cannot return to work; disability can be temporary or permanent.

Just as in the U.S., some insurers balk when it is time to provide the benefits in coverage. An injured worker can fight for their earned and deserved benefits with the assistance of an attorney experienced in Defense Base Act claims. A confidential discussion of your situation can help you understand your rights and legal options.

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