Defense Base Act

Why Should You Hire a Specialist DBA Lawyer?
Are you considering whether to hire a lawyer to represent you in your Defense Base Act (DBA) claim? There are more than 1.3 million lawyers in the United States but it’s important to hire the best one to represent you in your case. The DBA is an Act that gives civilian ...
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6 Pieces of Advice About Your DBA Claim From Your Attorney
Did you know that defense contractors suffer from PTSD more than military personnel? A recent online research poll found that 25% of defense contractors suffer from PTSD, while only 11-20% of military personal do. Are you a civilian defense contractor or interpreter who’s worked overseas on military bases and in US Embassies? ...
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How a Defense Base Act Attorney Can Help a Defense Contractor
Are you a defense contractor with the United States military or government? Serving as a contractor is honorable work that many find worthwhile. Yet, it comes with a considerable amount of risk, as contractors are sometimes placed in dangerous situations. This sometimes leads to a number of injuries, ranging ...
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3 Things To Look for in a Defense Base Act Lawyer
Are you looking for a Defense Base Act Lawyer that can best represent your interests? If you’re wondering how to find the best DBA lawyer for your case, keep reading. In this guide, we will go over some steps you can take to find a Defense Base Act Attorney ...
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Contractor Life on US Military Bases: How the Pandemic Has Affected It
If you’re one of the over 600,000 estimated civilian defense contractors, you know that working and living on US military bases isn’t easy. In total, there are more than 4 million federal contractors of various types, with the DoD being the single largest contractor. If you’ve been stuck on-base due to COVID-19, ...
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Filing a DBA Claim: What Not to Do
Life on military bases comes with its own set of challenges. To accommodate that, there are special protections for personnel and their families. One of these protections is the Defense Base Act (DBA). This act is designed to help cover medical treatment for employees and contractors on military bases. It’s ...
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6 Risks Defense Contractor Employees Face On the Job
Did you know more US defense contractor employees have died in Afghanistan than US troops? It’s not hard to believe if you know the dangerous situations contractors often face. Thousands of contractor employees serve overseas in war-torn locations.  If you or a loved one works as a contractor employee, it is ...
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4 Steps Defense Contractors Must Take to Ensure a Successful Claim
If you have been injured while working on a military base overseas, you are entitled to compensation under the defense base act. In order to get your compensation in a timely manner, it is essential that you follow the correct steps. These steps are not hard, but they must ...
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DBA Claims: What Does the Defense Base Act Cover
Defense contracting is a dangerous industry. In 2019, DBA claims rose to 8,447, which is a 26% increase from 2018. Claims in Afghanistan and Iraq made up the majority of those claims.  If you employ federal contractors to work on military bases overseas, you may be subject to the Defense ...
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5 Tips for Filing a Claim Under the Defense Base Act
There are currently over four million government contractors working in the United States. Many of these civilians spend time working overseas on military bases and at US embassies.  If you’re thinking of taking one of these jobs, have you considered what will happen if you’re injured on the job? Will you ...
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Top 5 Things Your Defense Base Act Attorney Needs to Do When You Are Denied Benefits
Every year many individuals are harmed while providing national defense for our country. In 2019 alone, nearly 8500 Defense Base Act claims were filed, which is a significant increase from the year prior.  Unfortunately, the denial of some of these claims is inevitable. If you are facing the denial of your claim, ...
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What Does a Defense Base Act Lawyer Do? Read This Guide
Working overseas on government contracts is a common occurrence for US citizens. What happens to your workers’ compensation when you work in another country? You’re not alone if you don’t understand how the Defense Base Act works.  That’s why a Defense Base Act Lawyer can help you if you ...
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War Risk Hazards: What It Means for Your DBA Claim
Did you or someone you know serve your country valiantly and pay with the sacrifice of a debilitating injury? Were you made aware that you’re entitled to compensation?  Many soldiers who endure the hardships and dangers of war zones and combat aren’t aware of the DBA Act and how ...
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DBA Lump Settlement: Advantages and Disadvantages
You may be entitled to filing a DBA claim when you’ve sustained injuries because of the negligence of other people. If you’ve been awarded a DBA lump settlement as a result of your claim, you’ll need to understand the pros and cons of your settlement. In this article, we ...
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DBA Claims Commutations: Everything You Need to Know
Are you confused about what DBA claims commutations are and how it works correctly? This may be the case for many people, but fortunately, you’ve clicked on the right article to answer all of the DBA claim questions that you may have. Not only are we going to tell ...
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5 Factors That Determine the Value of a Defense Base Act Claim
The Defense Base Act is an overarching law that can have many different outcomes depending on the case. But most people find these variations confusing and shrouded in legal jargon.  These variations don’t have to be confusing. The legal ins-and-outs can be straightforward, so you understand your entitled compensation. ...
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A Contractor’s Guide to Preventing Work Injuries Overseas
Staying safe and healthy while working overseas is extremely important. Especially when working in construction, it is even more important to take note of how to prevent work injuries overseas. Below we have compiled a short guide to help prevent any such injuries from happening. Know Your Rights Before ...
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What to Do If Your Defense Base Act Claim Is Denied
So, you filed a defense base act claim and realized that it was denied. Now you’re trying to figure out what your next move is and how you can still hope to receive some kind of benefit after the claim denial. In this article, we’re going to let you ...
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A New Employee’s Guide to Working in an Embassy
The United States currently has embassies and diplomatic missions in over 170 nations around the world. These embassies employ a huge number of Americans overseas. Working in an embassy can be a highly rewarding endeavor. If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in one of America’s foreign embassies, or you’ve just ...
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Common Injuries Railroad Workers Tend to Encounter While on the Job
You’re doing your job by helping to power the railways when you slip and fall. This results in a head injury which develops into a more serious problem later on. This is only one occupational injury that railroad workers face every day. If you’re new to the job, don’t ...
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What Government Contractors Should Expect in the Midst of Coronavirus
COVID-19 has shut down the economy. People are out of work and desperately looking for jobs to pay for basic necessities such as rent and food.  Everyone is affected by COVID-19, especially government contractors who often work with businesses to stay employed.  Like other employees, contractors need to know ...
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5 Common Injuries That a DBA Lawyer Can Help You Sue For
The recent reports of a brain injury suffered by US military personnel after a missile strike in Iran are but only one example of the dangers faced in active warzones.  Unfortunately, these dangers are faced by civilians as well as military operatives. If you have been injured in the ...
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5 Tips for Filing Defense Base Act Claims
Civilians injured while working for the US military can find it very difficult to secure compensation for the harm they’ve endured. However, the Defense Base Act provides solutions for people in this position. If you’re a civilian who has sustained an injury while working for the military, or on ...
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3 Ways a Defense Base Act Attorney Can Help You After a US Military Base Injury
Have you or a loved one been injured while on a military base? Heard that the Defense Base Act may be able to help you out, but not sure what that is or how it works? We’re here to help! In this article, we’re covering everything you need to ...
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How to Choose a Defense Base Act Lawyer in Texas
The Defense Base Act was adopted to provide relief to civilian workers on US military bases outside the country, or on any public works or national defense contract. If you have suffered an injury in this line of work, you may be entitled to recover compensation. To secure payment, however, ...
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Understanding How Death Benefits Are Calculated Under the DBA
Dying in the service to our country is an honorable but tragic moment. What many may not realize is that there are many more besides those in our military service that risk death. To protect the contractors and civilian workers that work alongside our military, we have the Defense ...
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Understanding How Aggravation Injuries Can Impact Your DBA Claim
You’re working overseas when a shot to the back leaves you paralyzed. Being injured while doing your job can be a very scary event. How are you going to pay for the medical bills? How are you going to pay for physical therapy? What about the PTSD you’re now ...
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What is a Qui Tam Lawyer? How Can We Help?
In 2018, the Justice Department of America recovered over $2.8 billion through cases filed through the False Claims Act. So who filed these cases? And how did they recover that money?  To understand that, we first need to understand the concept of “qui tam”, and more importantly qui tam lawsuits.  ...
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7 Steps to Making a Tinnitus Claim
About 25% of all service-connected disabilities for veterans are due to tinnitus. That adds up to over one million veterans suffering from a constant ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus affects more than veterans, though. Are you a contractor working on a military base and you’re now suffering from tinnitus? The ...
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Tinnitus: What’s That Buzzing?
If your ears are ringing when everything around you is silent, you likely have a form of hearing damage known as tinnitus. You aren’t alone, though — approximately 50 million Americans experience the same thing. If you find your tinnitus getting worse over time and happened to use 3M earplugs during your ...
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Sign Me Up! 7 Benefits of Joining the Military in the US
Are you considering the next step for your future? Planning your future will mean finding a career you can feel secure in. The military is an excellent choice if you’re thinking long-term.  There are tons of benefits of joining the military and it can give you a sense of ...
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5 Unique Facts About the Defense Base Act for Overseas Contractors
Work-related injuries or death occur in every profession. According to the National Safety Council, there were 4,414 preventable work-related deaths. Even one preventable death is too many. While employers strive to create a safe work environment, accidents and emergencies happen.  Worker’s Compensation Benefits provide monetary help for medical and ...
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7 Things To Know About Living In Overseas Military Housing
At some point in a military career, your spouse will most likely be assigned to a base overseas. If it’s your first time living on a military base outside of the country you might not know what to expect. We go over some of the facts you should consider ...
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Injured Working at a US Embassy? Workers Compensation for Defense Contractors
There were 5,250 fatal work injuries reported in 2018! Injury can happen at any time, you may know about workers’ compensation but if you work at a U.S. Embassy you may be wondering if you are eligible for it. The good news is that you qualify. Your next question ...
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Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a DBA Claim
In 2016, private contractors accounted for a quarter of the US personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. These people represent a large group of people that the general public knows almost nothing about. This makes it that much more important that you know and protect your rights while working overseas.  ...
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The DBA Explained: Misconceptions About the Defense Base Act
The Defense Base Act is a lot like regular worker’s compensation insurance. The DBA covers medical bills and lost earning potential for civilian contractors who are injured while working at a US Defense Base oversees. As with any insurance process, filing a claim under the Defense Base Act can be ...
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What It’s Like Working for the US Embassy in Another Country
It is a great honor to take a job working at the U.S.embassy. You represent and serve your country by giving your skills, time, and expertise.  Working at the U.S. embassy in some parts of the world may also require sacrifice. While you get many opportunities for travel, challenging work, and ...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Working for the Military as a Civilian
New jobs are always a case of adapting to the new rules and mindsets. This new job acclimation goes into overdrive when dealing with the military. Working for the military as a civilian can be a massive change to how you might deal with a job. There are dozens ...
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Can the DBA Cover Cancer Treatments? Hear from a Defense Base Act Lawyer
It’s not clear exactly how many contractors are working for the US military overseas – but it’s clear that the number is quite high. In 2007, there were more contractors in Iraq than there were service members, for instance.  If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after previously working overseas, ...
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Where Did These DBA Forms Start? The History of the Defense Base Act
In 2018, over 49,000 contractors were working for the Department of Defense under its various areas of responsibility. And before the creation of DBA forms, these individuals had no rights to medical benefits or worker’s compensation. Interested in learning about the history of the Defense Base Act? Read on to learn ...
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Building Your Knowledge Base: 4 Frequently Asked Questions About the Defense Base Act
Have you been told you’re entitled to compensation or medical benefits under the Defense Base Act? Wondering what this act is or why it’s even worth knowing about? In this article, we’re covering commonly asked questions about the Defense Base Act. Read on to get a better understand what it ...
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COPD and the Defense Base Act: Are You Entitled to Benefits?
The Defense Base Act (DBA) is a law that provides benefits to contractors who are injured while working for the armed forces overseas. These are injuries that can happen because of actual armed conflict, or through the regular duties of your job. COPD is a specific type of respiratory ...
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Finding the Best DBA Attorney for Your Case
Are you a contractor or interpreter that’s suffered an injury while working for the U.S. military outside the United States? If so, you may qualify for workers compensation under the Defense Base Act (DBA). But just because you might be entitled to damages doesn’t mean you’ll get them. You ...
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The Ultimate Legal Guide for an Overseas Government Contractor
Almost 9 million U.S. citizens live abroad. Some are retirees or students, but a large percentage of Americans living abroad are outside of the U.S. for work. For many people, there are plenty of perks to working overseas. For example: Travel Immersion in a different culture Financial incentives Use skills  ...
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What is the Zone of Special Danger in a Defense Base Act Claim?
Have you ever traveled outside of the country for work? What happens when you wind up injured in a foreign country? Does workers’ compensation apply? Defense Base Act claims arise when oversees workers get injured and need compensation. The act’s Zone of Special Danger doctrine extends the types of ...
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The Importance of Mediation to DBA Claims
You’re a civilian that has been injured on an American military base. The Defense Base Act (DBA) protects your workers’ compensation. However, the insurance company is not treating you fairly. If this sounds familiar, you need a good DBA attorney that can help you cut through the red tape ...
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What Is the Defense Base Act? Everything You Will Need to Know
How do you to defend yourself financially when you’re working at a defense base overseas? Luckily, that’s a question that’s already been addressed. It led to the creation of the Defense Base Act, which covers contractors and employees at U.S. military bases that are outside American borders.  But what exactly is the Act, when ...
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Do You Qualify for DBA Benefits From Having PTSD?
The Defense Base Act (DBA) is a piece of legislation that provides worker’s compensation benefits to civilians injured on military bases outside of the United States. The DBA also covers civilians working for non-governmental organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  For the DBA, US territories like ...
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Don’t Go At It Alone: When to Hire a Defense Base Act Lawyer
If you have a DBA claim that you’re working on, know that you don’t have to go through it alone. A defense base act lawyer has the experience and ability to help your claim. Keep reading to learn when it’s the right time to hire a defense base act lawyer. ...
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Building Your Case: How to File a DBA Claim
The Defense Base Act (DBA) provides insurance coverage similar to workers compensation for employees working under government contracts outside of the United States.  It is intended to act as the counterpart to domestic workers compensation insurance. In fact, it’s the sole recourse for workers injured or killed overseas while executing ...
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