Law Offices of Scott J Bloch, P.A.

“Justice delayed is justice denied”

1025 Connecticut Ave, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
P: (202) 496-1290
F: (202) 478-0479

 

 

 

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Defense Base Act cases in Kosovo  (see below in Albanian)

Scott Bloch has been representing many individuals in the Republic of Kosovo before the courts in the United States both under the DBA and in civil court cases.  He is proud to represent individuals from this country who have helped America in its causes abroad.  He has visited Kosovo in December of 2015 and met with many clients and conducted depositions.  Claims range from physical injuries to PTSD or diseases of the lungs or combinations of these. He has also represented widows of individuals who died in Afghanistan or Iraq. Individuals work overseas for the United States military in a variety of occupations including drivers, mechanics, construction, food services, MWR, environmental, and others.

Scott Bloch has championed the cause of contractors working abroad, bringing several class actions like the DBA class against contracting companies and is trying to change the way the do business to prevent abuses to contractors.  If you wish to fill out a questionnaire, go to DBA questionnaire – Albanian or in English here DBA Questionnaire-Intake – Enlgish.

Testimonials

The following testimonials come from existing clients in Kosovo, but they do not guarantee outcomes in your case, as each case is subject to its own facts, persons and proof:

Best DBA Lawyer

 

I have to admit that if ti wasn’t for Mr. Bloch’s professionalism and dedication, my case would have been unresolved. I strongly recommend him to be your workers’ compensation lawyer. You will realize that you have elected a lawyer who does not just go to a mediation praying for God’s help only, he does both the prayers and HIS own job. He is the best!
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5.0 stars

Posted by Beka from Kosovo

Scott Bloch- the best lawyer I have ever seen!
Mr. Bloch is a very professional, communicative and helpful lawyer. He defended my case and helped me a lot, even though my case was weak because of the time limit. The other side considered my case as time barred but Scott Bloch did the best and defended my case professionally. I was amazed as how he defended my case. Mr. Bloch pays attention to details and goes to…
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5.0 stars

Posted by Avni from Kosovo

December 7, 2016

I would like to express my gratitude to this gentleman. I have to be fair and admit that I contacted quite a few lawyers before I found Mr. Bloch, but he was the best. He does not seem to talk much but whatever he says is valuable. His work settled my case and enabled me to take care of my own treatment without financial difficulties. He is so transparent and informed me about each and every step. Please consider him and give him a chance to become your attorney and you will never regret.

 

 

 

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Posted by Syla

He is the right attorney for your case. I strongly recommend him for your case. He brought my case into carrier’s attention and finally resolved it. He is so welcoming and hard-working. His work capacity and professionalism make him an established DBA lawyer.

 

 

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Great DBA lawyer

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Posted by Musli 

Mr. Bloch took my case and promptly resolved it. He never failed, never missed any appointments, or anything. I must be thankful to him for the rest of my life for resolving my DBA case. Other attorneys did not even dare to take my case because they were saying that it is a complicated case. I realized they were not willing to spend much time and efforts in my case, but Mr. Bloch did well. He was my only hope, and finally made me realize that he must be listed as the best attorney. Thank you Mr. Bloch. Musli from Kosovo.

 

Wonderful Lawyer

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Posted by Arben 

Mr. Bloch is “the man”, like they say. Please hire him for your DBA case because his extensive experience and professionalism will save your case and you. I was very content with the way he communicates things and how he always kept me updated about any steps that were being taken. I was so surprised to find out that this lawyer, who lives in the U.S. is able to hear every single word I said, analyze it, and then give me his best advice. I am definitely happy that my case is resolved, but I sort of feel sad that I may not be able to keep in touch with him. I strongly recommend this lawyer. Arben.

 

5.0 stars

Posted by Smalaj 

 

Mr. Bloch is the most helpful attorney. He is precise, calm, cooperative and very successful. I do thank God and then his family that created this person and I got the chance to enjoy his luminous success. He finally resolved my DBA case in a very successful manner. Please contact him if you want your case to be treated lawfully and successfully. Smalaj from Kosovo.

 

Other information

He appeared internationally in the documentary “Fogotten Heroes” about the plight of contractors abroad who are injured and mistreated by the contracting companies and insurance companies.  See interviews here:

If you have a claim of injury, whether physical or psychological or both, please go the the questionnaire so that attorneys can assess your case and get back to you.  You have rights under U.S. law even though you are not a United States citizen.

 

  • Since the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns began, there have been over 100,000 injuries, many permanent and disabling, and over 4,000 deaths of contractors
  • Many of the contractors are former military, many of the private security detail contractors are very recent military who perform many of the functions of U.S. Soldiers
  • Others gather unexploded ordinance, provide additional security or support for military security of base, and perform a myriad of support functions such as transportation, fire fighting, and so on
  • As a result of some of the contractor injuries, many have sustained traumatic brain injuries and psychological injuries that go untreated.  Some have committed suicide, others have lost homes, property and their families have split up under the stress of the insurance companies not paying for medical bills or disability checks called for under the law
  • The Defense Base Act requires contractors to maintain insurance and provide medical benefits, and disability benefits to injured workers in Iraq or Afghanistan or on a base where the contractor has work under a contract with the U.S.
  • The law requires this coverage, but many of the contractor are not receiving their benefits, medical and otherwise, conditions are being untreated, and some are simply left for dead when they try to access the benefits required under the law
  • Some attention has been drawn to the plight of both military and contractors who have been untreated for TBI and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, as well as going without benefits because the insurance companies simply like to delay or deliberately refuse to pay for medical care or disability
  • Congress held hearings on the plight of the injured contractors and the improper behavior of the insurance companies and the contracting companies in denying benefits to Americans working in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the war effort
  • Articles that reflect some of this can be found at http://www.americancontractorsiniraq.org/
  • See also http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-04-21-war-contractors_N.htm and http://www.truthout.org/article/private-contractors-outnumber-us-troops-iraq

If you are wanting help with problems relating to your own DBA case, fill out this questionnaire.

Filling out the questionnaire does not establish an attorney-client relationship.  Nothing herein is intended to provide legal advice.  Only if a person becomes a client of the law firm by signing a fee agreement will such a relationship be established.  Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. Case results vary dramatically depending on specific facts and circumstances.  Examples of results in cases above do not guarantee any specific results in any other case.

Nëse keni ndonjë ankesë për lëndim, qoftë ai fizik apo psikologjik apo të dyjat, ju lutemi plotësoni pyetësorin në mënyrë që avokatët të mund ta vlerësojnë rastin tënd dhe të ju kontaktojnë juve. Ju keni të drejtë ankese sipas ligjeve të Shteteve të Bashkuara të Amerikës edhe pse ju nuk jeni qytetar i Shteteve të Bashkuara të Amerikës.

Që prej se kanë filluar operacionet ushtarake në Irak dhe Afghanistan më shumë se 100,000 lëndime janë paraqitur, ku disa prej tyre kan qenë lëndime të përhershme dhe kufizues të aftësive për të punuar dhe mbi 4,000 vdekje të kontraktorëve/punëtorëve.

Disa prej kontraktorëve janë ushtarë të mëhershëm, disa  kontraktorë/punëtorë të sigurimit privat tani janë ushtarak  të cilët kryejnë shumë prej detyrave të ushtarëve të Shteteve të Bashkuara.

Të tjerët mbledhin mjete të pashpërthyera, sigurojnë sigurim shtesë apo ndihmojnë sigurimin ushtarak të bazës dhe kryejnë shumë detyra mështetëse si transportim, zjarrfikje dhe të tjera.

Si pasojë disa prej kontraktorëve/punëtorëve të lënduar u kanë ndodhur lëndime traumatike të trurit dhe probleme psikologjike që janë lënë të pa trajtuara. Disa prej kontraktorëve/punëtorëve kanë bërë vetvrasje, disa kanë humbur shtëpitë e tyre, pasurinë dhe familjet e tyre janë ndarë përshkak të stresit që kompanitë e sigurimit u kanë shkaktuar duke mos i paguar faturat mjekësore apo qeqet e paaftësisë për të punuar të cilat janë të caktuara me ligj.

DBA apo (akti fundamental i mbrojtjes së punëtorëve) kërkon prej kontraktorëve që të paguajnë sigurim dhe pastaj të sigurojnë përfitime mjekësore dhe përfitim të paaftësisë për të punuar për ata punëtor që janë lënduar në Irak dhe Avganistan apo në bazën ku ata kanë punuar nën kontratë të Shteteve të Bashkuara.

Ligji kërkon këtë mbulim të shpenzimeve por shumë prej kontraktorëve/punëtorëve nuk po marrin përfitim dhe se gjendjet e tyre mjekësore nuk po trajtohen dhe disa janë lënë pothuajse të vdesin kur ata tentojnë t’i çasen përfitimeve që parashihen me ligj.

Vëmendje i është kushtuar situatave të rrezikshme që pjestarët e ushtrisë dhe kontraktorët/punëtorët i kanë përjetuar dhe të cilët janë lënë të pa trajtuar për problemet me TBI (Lëndim traumatik i trurit) dhe Çrregullim të stresit post traumatik ÇSPT, poashtu  janë lënë edhe pa beneficione sepse kompanitë e sigurimit kanë tendecë që ti vonojnë apo me qëllim ti refuzojnë pagesat për trajtim mjekësor apo paaftësi për punë.

Seanca e kongresit e mbajtur në lidhje me situatat e rrezikshme që kontraktorët/punëtorët e lënduar i kanë përjetuar dhe sjellja jo e duhur e kompanive të sigurimit dhe kompanive kontraktuese për refuzimin e benificioneve për Amerikanët të cilët kanë punuar në Irak dhe Avganistan për ta mbështetur orvatjet e luftës.

 

Civilian Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan;

www.americancontractorsiniraq.org

Information vital to Civilian Contractors working Overseas on US Government Funded Contractors from Taxes to Defense Base Act Insurance issues. We track Contractor …

 

Gjithashtu shikoni këtë: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-04-21-war-contractors_N.htm dhe http://www.truthout.org/article/private-contractors-outnumber-us-troops-iraq

Private Contractors Outnumber US Troops in Iraq

www.truthout.org

Also see below:      Contractor Deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan Top 1000    [     Privat…

 

Afghanistan becomes more dangerous for contractors – USATODAY.com

www.usatoday.com

U.S. government contractor deaths in Afghanistan more than doubled last year as violence and American troop levels increased, federal government records show.

Nëse po kërkoni ndihmë për problemet të cilat janë të lidhura me rastin tënd të DBA, (akti i mbrojtjes së punëtorëve) plotësojeni këtë pyetësor.

Plotësimi i pyetësorit nuk themelon marrdhënie klient-avokat. Asgjë në këtë qështje nuk është për të siguruar këshillim të ligjshëm. Vetëm nëse ai njeri bëhet klient i zyrës së avokatëve duke e nënshkruar një marrëveshje për mbulimin e pagesave atëher do të themelohen marrdhëniet klient-avokat. Rezultatet e mëparshme nuk garantojnë rezultate në të ardhmën. Rezultatet e rastit varen shumë nga faktet dhe rrethanat e veqanta. Shembujt e rezultateve në rastet e mësipërme nuk garantojnë rezultate të veqanta në raste të tjera.