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WHEN CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS GET HURT, WE STEP IN. 

Call DBA Attorney Niles Sneed And His Team Today At +1-866-434-0014

The Defense Base Act covers civilian contractors working outside the United States on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense. The Act is designed to provide workers’ medical treatment and compensation protection to those injured in the scope and course of employment. 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. 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. 

If you have been injured while working on a military base, call Defense Base Act attorney Niles Sneed today. Niles has experience helping civilian contractors get the compensation they deserve after a devastating international injuries. Defense Contractors have a legal duty to ensure their employees receive the health and wage benefits they are entitled to. Call Niles today at +1-866-434-0014 or submit your inquiry online. Please be advised that you may be facing important legal deadlines so don’t delay.

EMPLOYEES COVERED UNDER DBA GUIDELINES 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation — which administers the Defense Base Act to ensure that covered employees receive the benefits they’re entitled to — overseas employees covered under the act include those who:

  • Work for private employers on American military bases or on any lands used by the United States for military purposes outside of the country.

  • Work on public work contracts with any U.S. government agency, including national defense-related construction and service contracts or with war activities outside the United States.

  • Work on contracts approved and funded by the U.S. government under the Foreign Assistance Act for work performed outside of the United States work for American employers providing welfare or morale services outside of the United States for the benefit of the Armed Forces, such as the USO.

No matter what type of employment classification you were fulfilling while injured overseas on or around a military base, contact our Defense Base Act Lawyers to determine if you're entitled to these benefits. Defense Base coverage yields greater payouts and terms then standard workers compensation entitlements and substitute insurance coverage, so it's important to contact an experienced lawyer to determine your options. 

DID YOU SUFFER A SCHEDULED OR NON-SCHEDULED INJURY?

Within the Defense Base Act, there are two classifications of injury: scheduled injuries, and non-scheduled (also known as unscheduled) injuries.

Unscheduled Injury

  • Back injury

  • Shoulder pain injury

  • Hip injury

  • Neck and spinal cord injury

  • Head and traumatic brain

  • Brain Injuries (TBI)

  • Burns

  • 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.

THE PROCESS FOR FILING A DEFENSE BASE ACT CLAIM

Please note: Our DBA Lawyers can file the following claims for you. You should report your injury as soon as possible to your supervisor, who should authorize medical treatment immediately when needed. You can file your claim through an LS-203 Form within three days of your injury if you still cannot do your job, and your employer must file an Employer's First Report of Injury, Form LS-202, within 10 days of your injury if you've been unable to work for one or more shifts.

 

Lost wages are usually reimbursed at approximately two-thirds of a worker's average weekly wage, up to the weekly maximum, until they return to work or maximum medical improvement has been reached. Medical costs are paid by the employer's insurer, but as in other types of workers' compensation claims, employers with insurance coverage are not required to pay damages for pain and suffering. The Sneed|Mitchell Law Firm always provides a free initial consultation, but strict time limits apply, so if you or a loved one has been hurt while working overseas as a contractor or subcontractor for the U.S. government, it's important to act quickly.

BENEFITS UNDER THE DBA

​Injured employees qualifying for benefits under the Defense Base Act are entitled to benefits under the worker's compensation system. The benefits injured civilian contractors can obtain include both disability and medical benefits. Additionally, in cases where a contractor killed or later dies conditions of employment within the military base or surrounding area, the workers family members are entitled to what is called death benefits. So, a list of the full benefits made possible under the Defense Base Act includes: 

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  • Medical Benefits of DBA

    • Medical treatment by physician of choice.

    • Medical care must be related to the employment injury or illness.

    • Medical treatment is payable for as long as the injury or illness requires.

  • Lifetime Disability Benefits

    • Permanent disability is payable as long as disability continues.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

    • Available for permanently disabled employees unable to return to employment without assistance.

  • Rehabilitation Services

    • Available only to those permanently disabled employees residing in the United States.

  • Death Benefits

  • Burial Expenses

    • Wages for surviving spouse, or for one surviving child.

    • Spousal death benefit is payable for life, unless remarried.

    • Child benefit is paid up to age 18, student benefit through age 23 if in school full time.

 

INSURANCE CARRIER WANTS TO SETTLE? BE CAREFUL!

When the time to settle a defense claim comes, you may undercut yourself, as you might not know the difference between an inappropriate and appropriate offer.

Often, we think it’s not necessary to ask for a huge amount of money during an unknown situation, such as settlement negotiations. That’s why you will want to work with a DBA lawyer if you’d like to receive the highest compensation for your claim.

If you suffer injuries or have PTSD while working and the Defense Base Act covers you, then you should file the Defense Base Act claim.

CONTACT OUR DBA LAWYERS NOW FOR IMMEDIATE AID

If you were a civilian contractor injured overseas, call Defense Base Act attorney Niles Sneed today. Niles helps clients around the world obtain DBA benefits for wages and their injuries. Call Niles today at 866-434-0014 or submit your inquiry online. Please be advised that you may be facing important legal deadlines so don’t delay.

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