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Will the Defense Base Act foil the recent class action law suit against KBR? September 12, 2008

Posted by Aaron Walter in Uncategorized.
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The Fulton County Daily Report has reported that a firm right here in Atlanta, Georgia has filed a class action law suit in Fulton County Superior Court against Kellog, Root, & Brown (KBR) alleging that the company has employed poorly trained and under-qualified workers in Iraq, leading to injurious results for countless fellow employees.

I could agree with that allegation. The problem is, you guessed it, the name of this blog – The Defense Base Act. But first, let me tell you the facts of this case as set out in the above article.

The suit in question is filed on behalf of Curtis “Bubba” Coffey, who was injured when a co-worker, a Kenyan national, who spoke little English, moved a wrecker in the wrong direction.  

“Coffey’s hand was caught in the truck’s machinery and his finger “mangled such that, even after multiple treatments and surgery, he does not have use of his finger.” The resulting pain means he can no longer work and requires heavy medication to sleep, according to the complaint.



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Defense Base Act September 10, 2008

Posted by Aaron Walter in Uncategorized.


More and more civilian contractors have been returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan to find themselves unable to sleep, eat, work, and return to their former selves. While it certainly is not something widely covered in the media, most civilian contractors in the war zone are under similar conditions as our men and women in uniform.


Rocket attacks, roadside IEDs, small arms fire, fear, panic and uncertainly replace the normalcy of home-life. In both soldiers and civilians these conditions can leave someone scared, confused, or angry.


The National Center for PTSD describes that due to one or more traumatic events a PTSD sufferer basically ungergoes changes in their brain. These changes lead to symptoms including: reliving an event, avoidance, numbing, and feeling keyed up.