Are you wondering whether you need to file a Defense Base Act claim?
The Defense Base Act (DBA) was designed to ensure civilian employees who work with the U.S. government overseas receive workers’ compensation. So, if you’ve been injured overseas while on a job with the U.S. government, you might have the right to a DBA claim.
Yet, filing a DBA claim doesn’t always mean you’ll get everything you deserve. You’ll need a DBA lawyer in order to make sure you get your injuries covered.
But many people question whether they need to hire a DBA attorney. Below, we’ll get into 9 signs you should hire a lawyer for your DBA claims. Keep reading to learn more!
1. You Qualify for Benefits
Before you file a DBA claim or hire an attorney, you need to know if you qualify.
For the DBA’s workers’ compensation, you need to be:
- A civilian employee on a U.S. military base or lands used for military purposes
- Doing overseas work under a contract with the U.S. military
- Working on contracts under the Foreign Assistance Act
- Doing work for employers that serve the Armed Forces
2. You’re Not Getting Your Correct Rate
The DBA has a specific way of calculating the rate you receive. It’s two-thirds of your weekly rate.
An attorney will be able to tell you if you’re not getting enough money. Then, they’ll help you navigate getting more money for your DBA claims.
3. You Need Medical Attention
If you require medical attention, you should get it as soon as possible. To get it covered by your workplace, ask your employer to authorize the treatment.
Sometimes, though, you can’t wait to do this. In this case, you should hire an attorney to make sure you get that treatment covered.
4. You’re Not Getting Your Payments
Most DBA payments get made in bi-weekly installments. It can take up to 14 days to receive your first payment. If it takes any longer than 28 days, you might be eligible for additional compensation.
If you continue to have difficulties receiving your payments, contact a DBA lawyer.
5. You’re Refused DBA Compensation
If you’re being refused DBA compensation for any reason other than ineligibility, you need to talk to a lawyer.
The right DBA attorney will fight for you. They’ll even pursue litigation if needed.
6. You Don’t Understand the Legal Process
If your case requires litigation, an attorney is a necessity. After all, most civilians don’t understand the legal process.
The right lawyer will guide you through it.
7. You Need Someone Who Can Negotiate
Trying to get your DBA claims to the right amount can necessitate a lot of negotiation and maybe even a lawsuit.
DBA lawyers are expert negotiators. In fact, a successful attorney will be able to get you a lot more money than you could get otherwise.
8. You Want Someone on Your Side
Experiencing an injury can lead to a confusing and difficult time. Your DBA lawyer will stand by you throughout it and ensure you have everything you need.
They may even be able to recommend ways to get medical treatment or other services.
9. You Still Have Questions About Whether You Should Sue
If you’re wondering whether your case qualifies for any kind of lawsuit, you should call a DBA attorney and see.
This attorney may not choose to take up your case. Yet, you can get valuable feedback.
Ready to Hire a DBA Lawyer?
If you’re ready to hire a DBA lawyer, you’ve come to the right place.
With decades of experience, the Barnes Law Firm has helped many injured workers get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to learn more!