Nonappropriated Funds

Those who are injured while working in support of United States military installations are eligible for certain benefits. To ensure you receive all benefits that are due to you, contact the experienced Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act attorneys at Weltin, Streb & Weltin.

The Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) extends the provisions of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) to the victims of injuries who were hurt while working on or in support of U.S. military installations across the globe. NAFIA does not cover military personnel, but does apply to workers of the Armed Forces in America and to citizens or residents who work in support of the US military outside of America. NAFIA provides the only means for those citizens and permanent residents working in support of the military who are injured overseas to obtain financial compensation.

Employees who are hurt on the job and covered by the NAFIA are eligible for certain benefits. First, they are entitled to compensation for medical care caused by the injury, with a doctor of your choice. This compensation covers emergency care, surgery, and any rehabilitation that is necessary, such as physical therapy treatment. Any travel and mileage in conjunction with obtaining medical help are also covered. Also, they are entitled to disability compensation, in an amount of 66% of their average weekly wages. Where death or permanent injury are the case, additional benefits are available. The extent of the victim’s injury and the amount of disability benefits to be paid, along with the presence of any permanent injuries are often disputed by the employer and their insurance company. In these cases, representation by an experienced attorney can help you to obtain all compensation to which you are entitled.

Injuries covered by the NAFIA are overseen by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. If you suffer an injury while on the job, you should immediately notify your employer and seek medical help. You only have one year from the date of injury to file a claim for compensation. Contact an attorney after you are well enough, so you can understand and protect your rights as an injured worker.

The lawyers at Weltin, Streb & Weltin have extensive experience in NAFIA claims and LHWCA claims. As skilled Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act attorneys, we understand the legal issues involved in appropriately determining your average weekly wage, disability ratings, and the scope of your employment, among other things. We can answer all of your questions and return your phone calls promptly, and will help put your best case to your employer and the administrative judge. Our legal fees are usually paid by the employer, and there is no up-front cost to you.

For a free confidential consultation, contact us today at (510) 251-6060.