Nepali Security Guards DBA Cases

Handley Farah & Anderson represents Shyam Lal Rana and Mani Raj Thapa, two Nepali security guards, who were grievously injured during a bombing in Afghanistan while they were working for Aegis LLC, a United States defense contractor. The bombing left the two men with severe head injuries, resulting in a continued loss of hearing and post-traumatic stress disorder, preventing them from finding similar work. The two men, part of a large Nepali security guard force who were paid little more than $1,000 per month for their dangerous work, were ultimately sent back to Nepal with minimal compensation for their injuries, despite the fact that they are both covered by the Defense Base Act, a U.S. law designed to compensate employees of U.S. government contractors and subcontractors abroad when they are killed or injured. The matters are currently pending before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

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