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.

Javerbaum Wurgaft Shareholders Rubin Sinins and Jack Wurgaft Named Top 100 Super Lawyers

Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins P.C., a premier litigation boutique with more than 40 lawyers in eight offices, announced today that shareholders Rubin Sinins and Jack Wurgaft have been named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Top 100” list for 2017.

Sinins has been named to the top 100 list for the fourth time, due to his groundbreaking work in criminal matters. As both a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by fewer than 40 attorneys, Sinins represents individual and corporate clients in a host of legal contexts.


Wurgaft has also been named repeatedly to this prestigious list for his work in the field of medical malpractice. As a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Wurgaft litigates complex civil cases, medical malpractice, product liability (MDL) and construction site accidents.

Along with Wurgaft and Sinins, 19 Javerbaum Wurgaft attorneys were also recognized as Super Lawyers in 2017 New Jersey list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process comprising of peer selection and review, independent research, and professional achievement.

About Javerbaum Wurgaft partners Jack Wurgaft and Rubin & Sinins P.C.:

Founded in 1978, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C. is a litigation boutique with numerous attorneys certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in civil trial practice, criminal trial practice and workers’ compensation matters. The firm boasts six New Jersey locations, with offices in Springfield, Newark, Freehold, Jersey City, Mt. Laurel, and Elizabeth, as well as additional offices in New York City and suburban Atlanta. Practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense, workers’ compensation and numerous other litigation specialties.