Defense Base Act Attorneys

NAWW Table

National Average Weekly Wage (NAWW), Minimum and Maximum Compensation Rates, and Annual October Increases (Section 10(f)):

10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 $688.51 $1,377.02 $344.26 2.25%
10/01/2013 – 09/30/2014 $673.34 $1,346.68 $336.67 1.62%
10/01/2012 – 09/30/2013 $662.59 $1,325.18 $331.30 2.31%
10/01/2011 – 09/30/2012 $647.60 $1,295.20 $323.80 3.05%
10/01/2010 – 09/30/2011 $628.42 $1,256.84 $314.21 2.63%
10/01/2009 – 09/30/2010 $612.33 $1,224.66 $306.17 2.00%
10/01/2008 – 09/30/2009 $600.31 $1,200.62 $300.16 3.47%
10/01/2007 – 09/30/2008 $580.18 $1,160.36 $290.09 4.12%
10/01/2006 – 09/30/2007 $557.22 $1114.44 $278.61 3.80%
10/01/2005 – 09/30/2006 $536.82 $1073.64 $268.41 2.53%
10/01/2004 – 09/30/2005 $523.58 $1,047.16 $261.79 1.59%
10/01/2003 – 09/30/2004 $515.39 $1,030.78 $257.70 3.44%
10/01/2002 – 09/30/2003 $498.27 $996.54 $249.14 3.15%
10/01/2001 – 09/30/2002 $483.04 $966.08 $241.52 3.45%
10/01/2000 – 09/30/2001 $466.91 $933.82 $233.46 3.61%
10/01/1999 – 09/30/2000 $450.64 $901.28 $225.32 3.39%
10/01/1998 – 09/30/1999 $435.88 $871.76 $217.94 4.31%
10/01/1997 – 09/30/1998 $417.87 $835.74 $208.94 4.33%
10/01/1996 – 09/30/1997 $400.53 $801.06 $200.27 2.38%
10/01/1995 – 09/30/1996 $391.22 $782.44 $195.61 2.83%
10/01/1994 – 09/30/1995 $380.46 $760.92 $190.23 3.06%
10/01/1993 – 09/30/1994 $369.15 $738.30 $184.58 2.38%
10/01/1992 – 09/30/1993 $360.57 $721.14 $180.29 3.03%
10/01/1991 – 09/30/1992 $349.98 $699.96 $174.99 2.61%
10/01/1990 – 09/30/1991 $341.07 $682.14 $170.54 3.26%
10/01/1989 – 09/30/1990 $330.31 $660.62 $165.16 3.83%
10/01/1988 – 09/30/1989 $318.12 $636.24 $159.06 3.13%
10/01/1987 – 09/30/1988 $308.48 $616.96 $154.24 1.92%
10/01/1986 – 09/30/1987 $302.66 $605.32 $151.33 1.69%
10/01/1985 – 09/30/1986 $297.62 $595.24 $148.81 2.69%
10/01/1984 – 09/30/1985 $289.83 $579.66 $144.92 [5.71%]2
10/01/1983 – 09/30/1984 $274.17 $548.341 $137.09 4.51%
10/01/1982 – 09/30/1983 $262.35 $524.70 $131.18 5.64%
10/01/1981 – 09/30/1982 $248.35 $496.70 $124.18 8.87%
10/01/1980 – 09/30/1981 $228.12 $456.24 $114.06 7.03%
10/01/1979 – 09/30/1980 $213.13 $426.26 $106.57 7.43%
10/01/1978 – 09/30/1979 $198.39 $396.78 $ 99.20 8.05%
10/01/1977 – 09/30/1978 $183.61 $367.22 $ 91.81 7.21%
10/01/1976 – 09/30/1977 $171.27 $342.54 $ 85.64 7.59%
10/01/1975 – 09/30/1976 $159.19 $318.38 $ 79.60 6.74%
10/01/1974 – 09/30/1975 $149.14 $261.00 $ 74.57 6.26%
10/01/1973 – 09/30/1974 $140.36 $210.54 $ 70.18 6.49%
11/26/1972 – 09/30/1973 $131.80 $167.00 $ 65.90

1Maximum became applicable in death cases (for any death after September 28, 1984)
pursuant to LHWCA Amendments of 1984. Section 9(e)(1) provides that the total weekly death benefits shall not exceed the lesser of the average weekly wages of the deceased or the benefit which the deceased would have been eligible to receive under Section 6(b)(1).
The maximum death benefit provision took effect on the day after the 1984 amendments were enacted. Therefore, for the two day period of September 29 and 30, 1984, the maximum rate of $548.34 is applicable, provided it is less than the average weekly wage of the deceased.
2Limited to a maximum of 5 percent under the provisions of Section 10(f) as amended by the LHWCA Amendments of 1984.1Maximum became applicable in death cases (for any death after September 28, 1984) pursuant to LHWCA Amendments of 1984. Section 9(e)(1) provides that the total weekly death benefits shall not exceed the lesser of the average weekly wages of the deceased or the benefit which the deceased would have been eligible to receive under Section 6(b)(1). The maximum death benefit provision took effect on the day after the 1984 amendments were enacted. Therefore, for the two day period of September 29 and 30, 1984, the maximum rate of $548.34 is applicable, provided it is less than the average weekly wage of the deceased.2Limited to a maximum of 5 percent under the provisions of Section 10(f) as amended by the LHWCA Amendments of 1984.

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Our attorneys are experienced in Defense Base Act litigation. Our law firm assists those injured overseas, including civilians working under a contract for an employer contracted with the US government, or any agency or department thereof in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and on all military bases. We routinely handle Defense Based Act claims for injured workers residing in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Camp LeJune, Fort Bragg, NC, Raleigh, NC, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Illinois, California, Colorado, Alaska, and cities and states throughout the United States. We also represent injured contractor employees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Dubai, Turkey, Uganda, Thailand, Sweden, England, Australia, Bosnia, Italy, and countries throughout Europe.

Our injury attorneys are experienced in Defense Base Act Litigation.  The lawyers at our Defense Base Act law firm represent U.S. and foreign contractors injured in foreign countries,  such as Iraq and Afghanistan, under a contract with the United States. Our counselors assist those injured overseas, including civilians working in the Middle East and those working at military bases and for the U.S. Government overseas. Our law firm routinely handles cases for injured contractors who live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach and Jacksonville, Florida. The attorneys at our firm represent injured defense base workers in Hollywood, Weston, Coral Springs, Cypress Creek, Deerfield Beach and Miami, FL.  We help all defense contractors working in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, but permanently live in Plantation, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Margate, Ft. Lauderdale, North Lauderdale, Lauderhill or Boca Raton, FL. The personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at our law office provide representation before the Department of Labor (DOL) for those contractors, including truck drivers, security personnel, mechanics, etc. working in Iraq, but permanently living in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lantana, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Orlando or Tampa, FL.  Our workers compensation attorneys are experienced in representing U.S. contractors for companies in Iraq and Afghanistan, such as DynCorp, ITT, KBR Blackwater.  Our personal injury and work comp attorneys will make sure you get the compensation you deserve and that  your average weekly wage, AWW, is calculated correctly. AWW chart.

Our lawyers, experienced in litigating Defense Base Act claims before the DOL, assist clients in Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Naples, Gainesville, Miami Lakes, Aventura, South Miami, and Orlando, FL. The attorneys and paralegals at our firm help contractors living in Key West, Clewiston, Pembroke Pines, Wellington, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise, FL.  In addition, our defense based act lawyers litigate cases for Georgia clients living in Atlanta, Savannah, Brunswick, Augusta, Columbus, Johns Creek, Macon, Milton, Athens, Albany, and Valdosta, GA.  The lawyers at our law firm represent South Carolina clients who live in Charleston, Rock Hill, Greenville, Spartanburg, Mount Pleasant, or Columbia, SC.  Through our Florida law offices we represent injured workers of KBR, DynCorp, SOC, ITT and others who live throughout the United States.  Our attorneys represent clients in FL, GA, AL, NC, SC and TN .

If you live in Alabama and have been injured working under a U.S. contract for work in Afghanistan or Iraq and live in Auburn, Decatur, Dothan or Hoover, AL, our attorneys can help you.  Our defense base act lawyers help Alabama based workers who live in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Mobile, Huntsville Park, Montgomery, or the largest city in Alabama, Birmingham, AL, we can help make sure you receive the Defense Base Act benefits you deserve.  If you have been injured overseas while working for the U.S. Government, including civilians working for companies such as Haliburten, KBR or Blackstone, and live in North Carolina, including  Charlotte, NC.  Our attorneys also represent North Carolina clients in Wilmington, High Point, Cary, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.   If you have been injured in any of the camps in Iraq, such as Camp Gibson, and Afghanistan and live in Tennessee, including Johnson City, Jackson, Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Chattanooga or Knoxville, TN, our workers compensation lawyers can help. Our DBA attorneys represent clients in New South Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, TN.

Our Defense Base Act Law firm has three offices in Florida to help our client contractors who live in Tallahassee, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, or Hialeah, FL.  We also represent our Florida clients in DBA claims living in Saint Petersburg, Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville, FL.  

Our Defense Base Act lawyer work hard to make sure our contractor/clients get the compensation they are entitled to. Our workers compensation lawyers represent workers covered by the U.S. Defense Base Act throughout the United States.  Attorney Howard Grossman, a board-certified emeritus specialist in work comp, will work hard to make sure our client receive the medical attention, replacement of lost wages, determination of average weekly wage, and other benefits quickly. Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, approved by the Pentagon, include Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) and L-3 Communications. Other contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan include Gulf Catering Co, ECC, IPBD, Haliburton, MPRI, a unit of L-3 Communications, SEII, Service Employers International and Blackwater. American International Group (AIG) handles approximately 80% of claims for contract workers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Our workers compensation attorneys, experienced in Longshore and Harbor Workers claims, including Defense Base Act claims throughout Colorado.  Our DBA attorneys help Colorado clients living in Pueblo, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Denver, CO.  Our attorneys represent civilian workers hired by U.S. companies to work on projects overseas throughout the world.  In Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries, thousands of civilian workers are employed in the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan and also provide support to the U.S. troops in these countries.  Companies such as Halliburton, Bechtel, KBR, Dyncorp and others have contracts with the United States of America to provide services and therefore employ truckers, mechanics, security personnel, instructors, and others.  We help workers who assist in the Afghanistan Police Program (APP) and Poppy Eradication Force (PEF) through the Afghanistan Civilian Advisory Support (ACAS), which requires work in very hazardous conditions in a very dangerous land.

Our DBA law firm helps contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world employed as a mechanic, CIVPOL support, maintenance training in Oman, linguists, and helicopter pilots. In addition, our DBA attorneys help pilots, doctors, engineers, mechanics, maritime prepositioning force (MPF), maintenance and support personnel, Security Guard Force Personnel. Our attorneys represent clients in Sudan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Korea, Peru, Columbia, Pakistan, Jalalabad, Afghanistan and other Countries. Our law firm represents contractors hired to perform drug programs for the United States State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Our lawyers help American contractors employed overseas as aircraft mechanics, truck drivers, linguists, contracts manager, security officers, police, intelligence officers, oil field workers, electrical engineers, bobtails, medics, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and more.  Our defense base act and longshore lawyers represent contractors injured by electrocutions, falls from Hescos, accidental discharges, and for injuries to contractors sustained by the negligence of other contractors. 

In other areas of the world, workers are hired to build U.S. embassies and other U.S. government buildings in foreign countries, from England (Great Britain), Asia, Middle East and Asia. US military forces are in service around the world in Qatar, Oman, Saudia Arabia, Kuwait, Spain, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Panama, Hungary, Guam, Columbia, and many other countries. In sum, this means that whenever and wherever civilian contractors are contract to help and assist in the mission of the United States government and who have sustained injuries while on the job.  Our Defense Base Act lawyers assist employees of KBR, Halliburton, Blackwater, SEII and others who have been injured overseas and are owed compensation and medical benefits under the Defense Base Act for construction injuries, truck accidents, car accidents, RPG attacks, chlorine bombs, explosions, sniper fire, slip and falls, power tool injuries, assaults, explosions, fires, fights, and more unusual injuries, such as exposure to Hepatitis-C, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases. Our lawyers also help with repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and back and neck injuries, such as herniated disks. If you work for Halliburton, KBR, Blackstone, Custer Battles, Defensecurity, Northbridge Security Group, L3, Titan, Triple Canopy, Inc., Vinnell Corporation, and others.  Our admiralty and maritime attorneys also represent injured longshoremen throughout the United States.