Have you suffered an injury of any kind while working on a military Defense Base?
Did you know that the US Department of Labor’s Defense Base Act allows for workers’ compensation protection, and also provides disability, medical, and death benefits to covered employees?
The following are 4 reasons to hire a Defense Base Act attorney to help get you the compensation you deserve for any damages.
1. You’ve Been Injured on Base
Injuries that happen on a military base can happen in a variety of ways. Under DBA, there is no limit to the type of injury an employee has sustained.
A Defense Base Act attorney will help you to understand terms used such as scheduled and non-scheduled injuries, and how your injuries are covered by the Defense Base Act.
For example, you are covered if you sustained an injury related to enemy fire or acts of war, or were injured on base from something such as a car accident or tripping and falling on stairs.
2. Guidance Through the Process
Along with helping you understand how your injuries are covered, a Defense Base Act attorney will guide you through the process of proper reporting and filing a claim.
An attorney can advise you on what benefits you are entitled to, including workers’ compensation, medical bills, a settlement, and/or mileage.
The attorney will also walk you through the process of obtaining the correct medical documentation, and also work with you if the insurance files a dispute against your claim.
3. You’re Suffering from PTSD
The Defense Base Act also covers workers dealing with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of PTSD are not always pronounced and because of this, some individuals choose to forego filing a claim.
Rather than suffer through PTSD symptoms on a daily basis, an attorney can help you get the care and compensation that you deserve.
Even if time has passed since you’ve worked on a Defense Base, contact an attorney to discuss your options.
4. Assistance Navigating Third Party Claims
Outside the scope of the Defense Base Act and Federal Workers’ Compensation, you can also file a claim against a negligent third party.
Cases involving Third Party Claims occur when an injury is sustained due to the negligence of another person that is not employed by your employer.
There is no limit to what you can recover under a Third Party Claim. Filing a Third Party Claim will not affect the status of your compensation under the DBA.
A proper Defense Base Act attorney will know how to advise you regarding Third Party Claims and ensure that you receive the recovery that you are due.
Get the Help You Need with a Defense Base Act Attorney!
If you’ve been injured on base as a military employee or contractor and are having a difficult time resuming your normal daily life, a skilled attorney can help!
No attorney fees are charged to our clients. The fees will be separate and apart from your recovery and paid by the insurance carrier directly.
Take a second to review our Defense Base Act FAQ for more information.
If you have any questions, contact us for a free consultation!