Javerbaum Wurgaft Attorney Jorden Pedersen Scores for Contractors Injured Abroad

By JW Law

Everyone who signs up to serve their nation in the military recognizes that duty includes risks. But people may not realize that private contractors working for the military also face risk of serious injuries or death.

And at times, corporations and insurance companies unfairly deny worker compensation, medical treatment or disability payments to the civilian contractors injured or killed abroad.
In a recent case, an American accountant was killed working for a company hired by the U.S. military to provide payroll services in Turkey. He was moving a piece of exercise equipment into his apartment when the building’s elevator malfunctioned. The contractor’s widow was denied compensation on the grounds that his death was supposedly “not work-related.”

She turned to Jorden “Nick” Pedersen of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom Sinins P.C., who specializes in helping private contractors killed or injured abroad while on the job for the U.S. government.

Pedersen filed a claim under the Defense Base Act (DBA), a little-known law that creates a worker-compensation system for federal contract employees working overseas. DBA, is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act which is seldom used.

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“There could be 50 firms around the country doing it,” Pedersen recently told Super Lawyers, which has published an article highlighting Pedersen’s expertise. “I can only say with accuracy that there are very few firms in the country that handle this type of work.”

Super Lawyers Magazine article: Bases Covered.

“We are pleased to help those who risk their lives abroad, doing important work,” added Pedersen, who has been practicing for over 40 years.

“Nick is an exceptional attorney whose skill and unique specialty are a large part of why he represents hundreds of civilians injured overseas,” said Eric Kahn, managing partner at Javerbaum Wurgaft.

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New Jersey highways and crosswalks are filled with cars, pedestrians and recreational bicyclists lawfully using the roadways who have the right to expect that these roadways will be safe for travel.  At the same time almost anywhere that you look there is construction going on to repair potholes, upgrade underground utilities and perform general roadway maintenance.  These activities present potential serious dangers to the public if proper precautions are not taken.


While we applaud maintenance and desperately needed improvements to our infrastructure, it is the obligation of the State and local government, together with contractors and their employees to provide proper and adequate warnings of the work being performed, both during the day and especially at night.  Lights, barriers, and warning signs are mandatory.  Excavation must be properly and securely covered so that the public is not confronted with a potentially life threatening condition.  See www.nj.gov/transportation/about/safety to learn about the State requirements for traffic Safety.

If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of highway construction or defects in the roadway, please contact us at www.javerbaumwurgaft.com.  Our firm has been representing  injury victims for more than 50 years, we are here to help.

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Each and every morning, hard-working family men and women get up early, put on their work clothes, and travel to their work on construction sites, building America=s infrastructure, office buildings, schools, and residential homes. These workers endure long hours, often under difficult conditions such as rain, wind, snow and ice. They recognize and accept that these conditions are part of the job description.

Unfortunately, other dangers, man-made, await them. Job sites present safety issues which can include trenches that are not properly shored or supported, working at high elevations without being provided with proper fall protection such as harnesses and perimeter guarding, and confronting openings in flooring without proper warnings. Notwithstanding Federal laws such as OSHA which mandate safety standards on job sites, serious and life-changing injuries occur to laborers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and other trades. No need to look further than a crane tumbling down on the Tappan Zee Bridge “routine construction.”


In order to proper represent injured workers, attorneys must have intimate knowledge of OSHA standards, job site safety, and workers= compensation law and benefits. For more than 40 years, the law firm of JAVERBAUM WURGAFT HICKS KAHN WIKSTROM & SININS, has represented injured workers and their families who have suffered devastating construction site injuries and death. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of these families enabling them to live their lives with dignity and financial security.


Please contact us at any of our locations in New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and anywhere in the country for help and support in the event you have been injured on a construction job site. We will act quickly and meaningfully to secure immediate economic benefits and to pursue claims against all of those who have failed to follow OSHA standards, and otherwise violated good safety practices.