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Defense Base Act Attorney Niles Sneed

If you were injured as a civilian contractor while working overseas for a government contractor, call Defense Base Act Attorney Niles Sneed. Niles has extensive experience helping DBA claimants secure full settlement compensation for the injuries experienced while working internationally.

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What Is A Defense Base Act Attorney?

A defense base act attorney is a lawyer who helps injured civilian contractors secure worker’s compensation benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA). Federal law requires all U.S. government contractors and subcontractors working overseas to maintain insurance coverage for injured employees and their families.

Benefits are provided through the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC) and cover any employee working on a U.S. military bases or under a contract with the American government for national defense or public workers.

Who Is Covered Under The Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act applies whenever an federal employee or civilian contractor is injured while oversees fulfilling a contract of employment. The Act covers all at-work injuries, and even accidents that occurred off-duty during activities not related to a worker's employment. As an example, a claimant working on a U.S. military base in Germany was able to secure DBA benefits related to a slip in fall accident that happened off-base at a McDonald's restaurant.

To provide additional insight, the Act covers the following employees:

  • Those working for private employers on U.S. military bases, or on any land or premises used for military purposes.

  • Those working in areas controlled by the U.S. military.

  • Those fulfilling public work contracts or service contracts connected to military objectives outside the U.S.

  • Employees working on contracts funded by the U.S. under the Foreign Assistance Act.

  • Those working for American employers providing welfare or similar services for the benefit of the Armed Forces, e.g. the USO.

  • Those engaged in welfare or similar services outside America authorized by the Department of Defense (DoD).

Currently, nationals from the U.S., Uganda, Macedonia, and Kenya, represent the vast majority of international civilian contractors. However, at any given time, there are federal workers from every county in world are fulfilling defense contracts.

If you are a civilian contractor and need a DBA attorney, call attorney Niles Sneed. Niles and his team will review the circumstances of your accident and inform you of your compensation options.

Are All Job Titles Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

Yes. The Defense Base Act doesn't exclude any federal employees or contractors based on nationality or job title. You qualify for DBA benefits as long as you were injured during the fulfillment of a contract.

DBA attorney Niles Sneed has litigated Defense Base Act claims involving:

  • Bus Drivers

  • Canine Trainers

  • Construction Workers

  • Cultural Advisors

  • Electricians

  • Firefighters

  • Flight Mechanics

  • Food Service Employees

  • Forklift Operators

  • Heavy Truck Drivers

  • Language Interpreters

  • Laundry Service

  • Linguists

  • Mechanics

  • Personal Security Specialists

  • Pilots

  • Police Trainers

  • Scientists

What Types of Benefits Are Included In A DBA Settlement?

The Defense Base Act settlement provides claimants medical treatment benefits, disability awards, and death benefits to covered employees injured or killed in the course of employment, whether or not the injury or death occurred during work hours.

In situations for total disability, the compensation rate is two-thirds of the employee's average weekly wages (AWW), and as of January 1, 2021, maxes out at $1,030.78 per week. A civilian contractor can also receive compensation for partial loss of earnings in cases where the injuries are only temporary.

In situations of fatalities, death benefits are awarded to the surviving spouse or children in the sum of half the average weekly wages for the duration of the recipient's life, or two-thirds of earnings if there are two or more survivors. Permanent total disability and death benefits are subject to annual cost of living adjustments.

These benefits are extended to non-U.S. residents, but might be commuted to payment of half of the present value of future compensation. This is to be determined by the district director.

The Injuries Covered Under The Act

If you have suffered a serious injury while working a government contract and need a DBA attorney, Niles Sneed can help. Niles and his team have decades of experienced guiding civilian contractors to compensation for all types of injuries, including

International Assistance For Employees

Contact Sneed|Mitchell LLP immediately if you or a loved one were involved in an accident while employed with a company such as KRB, Fluor Corporation, DynCorp (Veritas Capital), IAP, or Blackwater.

Some of the counties with U.S. military or government presence where our client's are injured includes:

  • Iraq

  • Afghanistan

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Russia

  • Korea

  • Japan

  • Italy

  • Germany

  • Spain

  • Hungary

  • Turkey

  • India

  • Panama

  • Great Britain

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A DBA Lawyer?

Our assistance is FREE to claimants. For Longshore and Defense Base Act claims, attorney Niles Sneed receives attorney are paid by the insurance carrier, not from the employees DBA settlement. This means that all employees can hire an experienced, efficient, and knowledgeable attorney without the strain of having to pay for the legal services.

DBA Attorney Niles Sneed

Overseas injuries have long-lasting and career changing effects on the employee. You may be entitled to future disability compensation and medical benefits for years to come, let our attorneys analyze your circumstance and inform you of your recovery options.

Attorney Niles Sneed specializes in injury claims injured civilian contractors and understands how to navigate complex Defense Base act Claims. But you deserve justice as much as anyone else, and our DBA attorneys have the expertise and the resources to assist you with your insurance claim and your recovery. Call attorney Niles Sneed today at 866-434-0014 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss pursuing a DBA claim as an civilian contractor.


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