Defense Base Act Claims: What Does DBA Insurance Cover?
As of March 2021, the U.S. filed 5,071 total Defense Base Act claims. Minimum benefits were $0 for injured workers with 0-3 days of lost time. The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) authorizes 700 insurance carriers to dispense benefits. Of those, only three carriers provide DBA coverage. If you’re ...
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DBA Death Benefits: What a DBA Lawyer Can Do
Since the start of the war in Afghanistan from 2001 to this year, it is estimated that over 8,000 contractors have lost their lives. Thankfully, Defense Base Act claims have provided much-needed compensation to most of their surviving families, but not all. Filing a claim for death benefits and hiring a ...
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How to File a PTSD Claim Under the Defense Base Act?
Many government employees are civilians who are contracted to work outside of the U.S. government at some point in their careers. Being in foreign countries can be traumatizing if you are stationed in a warzone or were directly impacted by a traumatic situation. If you are experiencing PTSD symptoms ...
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How Much Compensation Can You Expect From a Qui Tam Lawsuit?
Although qui tam lawsuits have existed for hundreds of years, not everybody has appreciated them. In fact, although these lawsuits were invented in England some hundreds of years ago, England would later abolish the qui tam lawsuit in 1951. The defining feature of the qui tam lawsuit is that the ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Filing a Jones Act Lawsuit
Did you know that human errors cause between 75% to 96% of marine accidents? Every day, maritime workers risk their lives. Sailors confront the risk of injuries and accidents due to their vessel’s conditions or the weather while at sea. While no company can control the weather, they can ensure the ...
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When Do You Need to Hire a Qui Tam Lawyer?
If you see something, say something. That’s the mantra, anyway. Speaking out against an injustice or wrongful act isn’t as simple as that mantra makes it out to be, though. Often, real-life whistleblowers suffer immense harm by speaking their truth. Don’t believe me? We encourage you to look at ...
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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Filling Out Defense Base Act Claims
In 2019, 53,000 American contractors were working in the Middle East, which is much more than the total troop amount of 35,000. Essential defense contractors can suffer the same injuries as active-duty members (such as TBI, tinnitus, or PTSD). These injuries can impact your quality of life and income, and a ...
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How a DBA Lawyer Can Get You Amazing Results
Since 1941, the Defense Base Act has been protecting countless contractors injured overseas. Although the law is intended to be on your side, insurance companies are often not. Unfortunately, even if the process is accurately followed, DBA claims still tend to be denied, undervalued, or delayed. A DBA lawyer can guide ...
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Who Pays Defense Base Act Attorney Fees?
In 2015, there was a $2 billion lawsuit filed against government contractors accused of intentional DBA claim denials. DBA claims can lead to substantial payouts, but to get paid you will likely need a Defense Base Act Attorney. If you want to get DBA claim approval or a high settlement but ...
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7 Things You Need to Know Before Filing Successful DBA Claims
Civilian employees disabled overseas could receive weekly compensation up to $1,632.70. And this is only part of the benefits covered under the Defense Base Act (DBA). If you suspect you or a family member may be DBA eligible, keep reading. It’s important you understand seven key facts to successfully file DBA ...
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Defense Base Act Personal Injury Legal Services
You’ve been told that your personal injury case qualifies you for help under the Defense Base Act. So what do you do now? How do you find personal injury legal services who are qualified to handle your DBA claim? And what exactly can they do for you? If you’ve been ...
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Guide to DBA Claims for Employees of US Embassies
Around the globe, the United States has 307 U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions. The US embassy presence is felt in 190 countries outside of the US.  That means there are a whole lot of US citizens working in those embassies and consulates doing important and sometimes dangerous work on behalf ...
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Workers’ Compensation for Civilian Employees and Military Contractors
If you are injured on the job, it is vital to understand your rights to workers’ compensation. This is doubly important if you are a civilian employee or military contractor working with the US military. What is covered under the DBA, and what do you need to know?  Workers’ ...
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DBA Claims for PTSD: When Am I Eligible?
June is PTSD awareness month and this is a great step in the right direction for PTSD awareness. Years ago, PTSD was called “shell-shock” and “battle fatigue”, and unfortunately, largely ignored. Thankfully, there have been strides made to help people who have PTSD get treatment. However, people stationed overseas are often ...
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Your DBA Claim Was Denied: Now What?
You have to expect the unexpected when working as a contractor overseas. Risks and complications abound, whether you’re employed on a public works contract or in a security position. Unlike many other occupations, you also face a higher risk of injury or even death. This reality gets exacerbated if you work ...
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Seeking Help With PTSD
PTSD can happen to anyone regardless of nationality, sex, age, and ethnicity. On average, 6 out of 10 men and 5 out of 10 women experience trauma at least once. In the United States, 8 million adults experience PTSD in a given year. Chances are, you know someone experiencing PTSD if ...
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Tips for Working With a DBA Lawyer
When a soldier gets injured, they receive the Purple Heart. When a military contractor gets injured, they may receive nothing.  The only way for you to get the compensation you deserve is by filing a DBA claim. More than 15,000 people filed claims during the fiscal year of 2020. But less ...
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What Constitutes a DBA Claim?
The most common type of workers’ compensation, according to federal figures, is those caused by motor vehicles. By that same accounting, the most costly, averaging more than $100,000 in lost wages, is workers’ compensation due to an amputation. And while many workers’ compensation claims are not as outwardly tragic, they can ...
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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Filing Defense Base Act Claims
As a contractor who works for the government overseas, you need to know there is protection available for you if the worst happens. This protection comes from the defense base act in the form of compensation and may mean you qualify for assistance. Many people don’t know this is available to them, so ...
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5 DBA Lawyer Facts to Know Before Hiring an Attorney
Do you have military-related health concerns? Or maybe you got injured while working overseas? Either way, a DBA lawyer might be exactly what you need.  According to Defense Pricing and Contracting, DBA insurance is required for all public works contracts performed unless a waiver is obtained. This means that if you got ...
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What Types of Claims Does a Defense Base Act Lawyer Handle?
Have you worked as a civilian on a military base on non-American soil? Have you been seriously injured and disabled because of this work? Then your particular case is a job for a Defense Base Act lawyer. A DBA lawyer helps civilian workers just like you to receive fair ...
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5 PTSD Signs and Symptoms (and When to Call Your Lawyer)
Here’s the deal: Almost 10% of American adults have dealt with PTSD at one point or another. But what are the signs of PTSD and how can you treat it? PTSD signs and symptoms can easily go unnoticed, so you must be aware of what to watch out for. Take a ...
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Know Your DBA Eligibility: Temporary and Permanent Disability Benefits
It’s your first week abroad as a U.S. military contractor and you’re excited about traveling while making good money.  But say you’re working on the plumbing and everything is going well until a pipe bursts and knocks you unconscious. What do you do now? How do you navigate an on-the-job ...
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When Is DBA Insurance Needed?
What do you do when you’re overseas working on a U.S. military base and lose your foot in an accident? In most cases, you’ll want to go home to recover around your family and loved ones.  But, what about all the expenses? How are you going to be able to ...
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3 Questions You Should Ask Your Defense Base Act Lawyer
There are over a million practicing lawyers in the US alone. That’s a huge amount of possible representatives that would take ages to sort through. Within this large number, however, are practices that have relevant experience to help cases like yours. Besides finding a lawyer that’s near you and specializes in DBA law, they ...
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When Do You Hire a Defense Base Act Lawyer?
Each year, the United States contracts civilians for numerous projects worldwide through the Defense Base Act (DBA). These projects often expose civilians to dangerous situations.  Anything can happen while working on the job. Have you been injured, or are you suffering in other ways from your experiences overseas? Will you be ...
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The List of Things Your Defense Base Act Attorney Needs to Do When You Are Denied Benefits
A painful injury far from home, lost earnings, laborious paperwork, uncertainty: Defense Base Act claims are already stressful enough. So a rejected claim can feel like adding insult to injury. Insurance companies count on claimants feeling too overwhelmed and disheartened by the denial of a claim to pursue it ...
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the Defense Base Act
Crack! That’s the sound of one of your bones breaking on the job at a U.S. military base overseas. You worry that there’s no workers’ comp as there would be if you’d been hurt on the job stateside. As it turns out, there’s no need to worry. The Defense ...
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A Guide to Defense Base Act Claims for PTSD
Over the past decade, U.S. government contractors have been working around the globe in warzones. Among contractors who were studied, 25% of them met the criteria for PTSD. Within recent years, more time has been devoted to raising public awareness about service members with PTSD. Yet awareness of this situation is not ...
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Does DBA Coverage Extend To Overseas Military Contractors?
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Overseas military contractors may be qualified for Defense Base Act (DBA) benefits, something crucial if you sustain injuries or contract an illness. DBA coverage allows your employer to send you home if your condition warrants it, making these benefits critical for contractors such as longshore and harbor workers. In ...
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DBA and Compensation: Scheduled vs Unscheduled Permanent Injuries
Federal law requires employees overseas to secure workers’ compensation insurance through US government contractors. It’s crucial to know the different types of permanent injury claims in order to access rights to your benefits. Seeking workers’ compensation can be stressful when you’re trying to make ends meet. The process is easier when ...
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DBA Claims 101: Understanding “Temporary Total Disability”
One out of eleven people will be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in their lifetime. PTSD can ruin lives and make once functioning adults incapable of providing for themselves. If you suffer from PTSD or have sustained some other form of emotional or physical trauma while working overseas as a ...
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How Weekly Average Wages Are Calculated Under the DBA
Around 26% of civilian workers experience PTSD from their work environments. They also have high rates of injury on the job, making a regular work routine impossible. So how do you continue to live freely if you’re injured and unable to work? The Defense Base Act is there to provide compensation to employees ...
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Insurance Investigation: What Does DBA Mean in Insurance?
The Defense Base Act (DBA) guarantees the benefits of workers’ compensation to civilian contractors and subcontractors working overseas for the U.S. military.  What does DBA mean? DBA covers nearly any contract with a U.S. government agency for work performed outside of the country and guarantees protections similar to workmen’s. ...
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Cost Questions: Is DBA Insurance an Allowable Cost?
Defense Base Act Insurance (DBA) was enforced by the War Hazard Compensation Act and is crucial for all US government employees working overseas. The law insists that workers’ compensation benefits are available for those individuals covered and that these are delivered correctly and promptly. But is DBA Insurance an allowable cost? Read on to learn more… DBA Insurance ...
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DBA Details: How Do I File a Defense Base Act Claim?
When you’ve been injured, you deserve help.  The federal government provides for its soldiers. One of the ways it delegates resources is through the Defense Base Act. If you are hurt on a defense base overseas, you may be entitled to compensation.  But many people who get injured never ...
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Is DBA Insurance Required for Foreign Nationals?
In a world as uncertain as ours, insurance coverage is a must-have. And when it comes to coverage for contractor employees working outside the United States on US military bases or for the government for public works or national defense, Defense Base Act Insurance (DBA) is especially crucial. But is DBA Insurance Required for ...
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