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What is a Defense Base Act Lawyer?
A Defense Base Act Lawyer is an attorney that represents injured workers who are covered under the Defense Base Act. There are circumstances where we can simply help with claims or in more complex cases, represent you to fight for a defense base act claim on your behalf.
We protect your rights as a civilian employee working outside the United States on U.S. military bases. When your case is over and finalized, you will know we fought for you and your rights.
Who Can We Help
We help civilian employees who have suffered a serious injury working on a government contract anywhere in the world outside the United States.
Our team delivers thorough investigation, skillful negotiation and litigation expertise in courts of law on your behalf. Injured Federal Worker is dedicated to obtaining what you deserve and maximizing your financial compensation.
I highly recommend Attorney Alan Shapiro for representation concerning Defense Base Act & Longshore Claims. Mr. Shapiro is a defense base act lawyer who is truly willing to take on difficult cases.
– R.M. , Injured Federal Worker Client
Defense Contract Worker Injuries
If you are injured while working overseas for any contractor below, then your injury probably falls under the Defense Base Act.
Overseas Military Bases
If you are in any country featuring the U.S. military, U.S. military base or government presence and become injured on the job, then your injury probably falls under the Defense Base Act.
- Saudi Arabia
- Great Britain
To be entitled to benefits under the Defense Base Act, you must have sustained an injury. And, as required by the Act, it is imperative to have immediately reported the injury to one’s immediate supervisor.
If an injury leads to a disability, that must have resulted from an injury while employed and on the premises.
A few unscheduled injuries covered under the Defense Base Act include:
- Back injury
- Shoulder pain injury
- Hip injury
- Neck and spinal cord injury
- Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Limb loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Scheduled Injuries typically included a loss of limb or appendage or loss of hearing. A scheduled disability refers to loss of or loss function of a body parts. If your injury fits into one of the aforementioned categories, you might be entitled to receive benefits under the defense based act for a set period of time based on the severity of your injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Attorney fees come directly from the insurance carrier and not from the client’s recovery. This means that any injured defense base worker hurt overseas in a situation covered by the Defense Base Act can afford to retain experienced, effective representation.
Yes. The DBA applies to employees who work on United States military defense bases in Puerto Rico and that an employer that secures insurance coverage for its employees as required by the DBA is entitled to tort immunity under the Longshore Act.
If you are disabled more than three days, contact your employer or the insurance company for payment of compensation, which must be paid 14 days after your employer has knowledge of the injury and claim for benefits.
To successfully file a claim after an injury or death, certain guidelines must be followed. All claims under the Defense Base Act must be filed within a two year period. If a previous payment of compensation has been made, a new claim must be filed within one year of the date of the last payment of compensation.
Yes, an Employer who Shares Protected Information with Anyone Beyond Certain Pertaining Parties Could be Subject to Legal Action.
Many contractors who are injured overseas are concerned about what will happen to their careers if they file an injury claim. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides specific protections to allow workers to collect Defense Base Act (DBA) benefits while respecting a worker’s privacy.
Dear injured worker,
At our law firm I help my clients with their cases. Scheduled Injuries typically included a loss of limb or appendage or loss of hearing. A scheduled disability refers to loss of or loss function of a body parts.