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Van Riper & Nies relies on personal attention, hard work and dedication in bringing justice to private military contractors...

Our trial lawyers, Tim Nies, a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, and Christian Van Riper, a former felony prosecuting attorney, are uniquely qualified and experienced in representing injured civilian contractors under the Defense Base Act.

Tim Nies sustained a line-of-duty injury during a parachute mission with the 75th Ranger R
egiment.  He underwent months of rehabilitation in Fort Benning Georgia, but unfortunately was unable to stay in the Ranger Regiment.  Soon after being medically discharged Tim attended law school. Being a disabled veteran, Tim, more than most other lawyers, knows what it is like to sustain a life-changing injury, to overcome the injury and to provide for his family.  Tim considers himself fortunate. After his injury, the U.S. Army and then the Veterans Administration took  care of him. He was able to attend law school on the GI Bill.  Given his experiences, he tenaciously fights for military contractors, who are often seriously injured, then sent back to the U.S. with no compensation and no medical care. 

It is important to understand the history of the Defense Base Act. In 1940, the United States began building and expanding military bases overseas in preparation for the growing possibility of war with Japan and Germany. To make sure that the American civilians working overseas had coverage for injuries, the U.S. Congress created the Defense Base Act, which was passed in 1941. The law, intended as a temporary measure for World War II, was only 2,000 words long. Essentially, it said that contractors working overseas had to purchase insurance similar to that required by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, passed in 1927.

Fast forward to the present time, civilian military contractors have played a critical role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, delivering supplies, fuel and water to frontline troops, guarding U.S. diplomats and translating for soldiers and marines in treacherous raids. More than 1,400 civilian workers have died and 32,000 have been wounded or injured in the two war zones.

In accordance with the U.S. Defense Base Act, these civilian contractors, both Americans and foreigners, are to receive workers' compensation benefits. However, the truth is that civilian workers who suffered devastating injuries while supporting the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq have come home to a grinding battle for basic medical care, artificial limbs, psychological counseling and other services. The civilians have to fight a federally supervised insurance system marked by high costs and excessive delays. The lawyers at our firm are aggressive and proactive in their fight against these insurance companies who regularly and wrongfully deny claims of their injured clients.

If you were injured overseas for a company under a U.S. Government contract, compensation under the Defense Base Act may not be your only recourse.  In some instances, someone other than your employer shares responsibility, such as another contractor or manufacturer of a weapon or machinery. We will pursue all responsible persons or entities on your behalf.

The Van Riper Nies attorneys know how to find all possible avenues of compensation for your injury, and we are not afraid to take on major companies and insurers like Chartis and CNA.  
Whether we are representing a criminal defendant, a client with a serious and life-changing injury, or a husband or wife going through a tough breakup, our attorneys are dedicated to our clients' well-being and leave no stone unturned in advocating for our clients' interests.

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