The Defense Base Act

    

 

Contractors’ insurance carriers often engage attorneys to contest employees’ claims, and they have a strong financial interest in discouraging workers from filing a claim. That’s why it’s critical that you consult an attorney who can help you move forward with your case and your life.

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Because there are time limitations on Defense Base Act eligibility, you must report an injury to your employer in writing within 30 days and seek medical care immediately. You must also file a claim within one year of the injury or within one year of your last receipt of benefits, whichever is later. Compensation is determined by your average weekly wage and the type of disability—whether temporary, partial, or permanent.

Federal law requires timely completion of all the correct forms for your claim to receive proper consideration.

AS A CLAIMANT, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE:

  • Coverage for All Medical Expenses
  • Benefits for Time Lost from Work
  • Death Benefits for Dependents
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

DEPENDING UPON THE EXTENT OF YOUR RECOVERY, YOU ALSO MAY BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE:

  • Permanent Disability Compensation
  • Compensation for Loss of Wage Earning Capacity

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We represent individuals and union members in Illinois and Iowa and Defense Base Act claimants across the entire country; not corporations or insurance companies.

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PLEASE CONTACT OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE LEGAL TEAM WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.

The attorneys at Capon & Avgerinos have more than two decades of providing the highest quality of legal assistance to workers, and we have experience with the Defense Base Act.

Capron & Avgerinos attorneys require no fees up front, and the Defense Base Act requires that all attorney fees be approved.

If you or a family member have been injured while working under a U.S. government contract overseas, Capron & Avgerinos can help. We will file and pursue a Defense Base Act claim for you. The Defense Base Act, a federal law, provides workers' compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense.

WE PROVIDE EXPERIENCED, RESPONSIVE LEGAL COUNSEL

When you are suffering from an injury, it is difficult to deal with red tape and stressful to wait for insurance companies to process your claim for benefits. Capron & Avgerinos will navigate the confusing maze of federal law, procedures, and paperwork surrounding your Defense Base Act claim.


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IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU CONSULT AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP YOU MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUR CASE AND YOUR LIFE.

MEET STEPHEN j. SMALLING

sjs@capronlaw.com

Steve is a partner with Capron Avgerinos with emphasis on such areas of Defense Base Act Claims and workers' compensation claims as well as personal injury law including automobile and construction accidents, premises liability, and insurance litigation.

Steve approaches each client as an individual with unique concerns, and he is committed to helping him or her understand the complexities of the legal system. He engages in a step-by-step dialogue, first laying out options and taking into consideration the client’s input on how to proceed with the case. His goal: To provide the best possible outcome under the law.

Area(s) of Practice

Admitted to practice before the Courts of Illinois (1984) and
Iowa (1986)

Practice limited to the trials and appeals of plaintiff personal injury and workers’ compensation claims

Education

University of Iowa (1981)
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

John Marshall Law School, Chicago (1984)
Juris Doctor, with Distinction

Memberships

Federal Trial Bar, U.S.D.C. Northern District of Illinois

Arbitrator-Circuit Court of Cook County, mandatory arbitration program

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Iowa Trial Lawyers Association

Illinois State Bar Association