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s an injured worker who has made a sacrifice to this country, you should feel that you are being well provided for by the insurance company, and that you have been offered the medical treatment.  Also, wage loss should be freely available for so long as required for you to recover from your injuries.  Any depression and anxiety which is causally related to your work injuries, or from returning to home, should be regarded as any other physical injury.

Kenneth G. Franconero, PLLC has had the privilege of representing many employees before the Judges of the U.S. Department of Labor.  Often trial is necessary in order to obtain the full medical benefits and wage loss under the law.  Another option is whole case settlement, once the injured worker obtains competent medical care, and is in a position to determine his future wage loss and medical expenses.

As with trials, we are aggressive at mediation to make sure that your case is settled a price-point which is fair to the injured worker.  We are equally aggressive at readying your case well before settlement or trial, with up to date medical reports, doctors’ opinions and deposition testimony, so we can increase our chances of winning trial or leverage maximum settlement value.


Ken Franconero has more than 20 years’ total experience representing both employers and injured employees in the areas of Defense Base Act law, state workers’ compensation law and Longshore law. Defense Base Act law is a subset of workers’ compensation law.

Mr. Franconero knows how the DBA claim process works. He has broad experience working with adjusters, doctors, nurse case managers, employer representatives, supervisors, Department of Labor examiners, and – most importantly – the injured military contractor employee.


Ken Franconero graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics. He earned his law degree (J.D.) from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, New Jersey.

He has the distinction of earning his Associate of Risk Management certification (ARM), giving him a unique perspective of how military contractors and their insurance companies evaluate risk and DBA claims costs.

Mr. Franconero is admitted to the Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio bars. He is admitted to practice before Federal court in the the Southern District of Ohio and Southern District of Florida. He has prior experience as an adjuster, claims handler and employer representative. We can represent you before the Department of Labor throughout the United States, regardless of where you reside or where the DOL office is located.

Mr. Franconero was defense attorney for Department of Defense military contractors and their DBA insurance companies for several years. He currently limits his practice to representing injured military contractor employees under the Defense Base Act.


ilitary Defense Contractors Must Pay Medical And Wage Loss Benefits

The DBA requires the employer to automatically start paying medical benefits, as soon as reasonably possible after receiving notice of injury. There is also a presumption that when an injured worker is hurt on the job, the employer must pay without substantial evidence to the contrary.

Injured workers are entitled to a one-time free choice of a physician. Often a DBA adjuster will give the worker a list to choose from or choose a physician for them. Under DBA law choosing from a list is not considered to be a free-choice.

What Is a Defense Base Act (DBA) Attorney?

Our firm represents foreign workers compensation cases for employees of government contractors, many of whom are employed by KBR, Halliburton, DynCorp International, SOSi and others.

As a DBA law firm we can help you if you are:

  • An overseas worker who is stationed in a foreign country on a U.S. Military base, including bases in Afghanistan, Kuiat, and Iraq.
  • Working on a public works contract under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense or defense-related project.
  • Working for the USO or similar company that provides recreational, morale or welfare services to the U.S. Military, whether overseas or on a domestic military base.

Our firm routinely represents the following foreign workers compensation claims:

  • Electricians
  • Computer installation
  • Humvee mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Logistics workers
  • Surveillance and reconnaissance
  • Linguists and translators
  • Food service workers
  • Any other Department of Defense contracted worker

We represent foreign workers compensation claims for overseas workers injured while working overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever U.S. Department of Defense contracts are performed.

Our firm also represents third country nationals (TCNs) who are citizens of other countries, and provide outstanding support services to the U.S. Armed Forces.

Law Office of Ken Franconero PLLC

We are pleased to help the dedicated workers who send the mail, work our Federal government, and help our armed forces. Workers are entitled to excellent medical care and sufficient time to recover fully from their injuries.