If you, a co-worker, or a family member suffered an injury while working for the U.S. government overseas, you need to take action fast. Your first step should be to hire a lawyer to file Defense Base Act claims for you.
Starting the process is daunting. You may have heard horror stories about navigating the lengthy and complicated system. After all that work, the individual sometimes only receives minimal compensation.
That’s why you need a lawyer to guide you through filing. Before you hire a legal representative, there are a few things you should know about the Defense Base Act.
Even though contractors aren’t soldiers, their work puts them in harm’s way. Contingency contracting is direct support to the armed forces and other military operations.
It covers more than just war. Contractors who provide support for other military options including disaster relief and daily base operations qualify for Defense Base Act compensation.
Defense Base Act Claims
In order to file DBA claims, you must work on U.S. lands or bases that are actively being used for military purposes.
It also covers those who work with public works contracts and individuals who provide services that support the military.
In the incident of death or injury, covered employees receive disability, medical, and death benefits. These benefits still apply even if the death or injury occurred outside of work hours.
There are specific and general injuries covered. Total disability and partial disability are some of the specifics covered. Most workers suffer from general injuries. Those are covered as well.
The Defense Base Act, established in 1941, was created as an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
The main requirement for companies acting as government contractors is that they must provide their employees with a compensation program. This applies when they’re working overseas in support of the military.
How A Defense Base Act Attorney Can Help
A DBA attorney will navigate the complexities of the system. Doing this will provide you with as much compensation as you’re entitled to.
In most cases, your attorney will help you file your claim to make sure it’s done properly. There are a wide variety of legal distinctions that need to be made.
If you try to fill out the paperwork yourself, odds are you will make an error. Small mistakes can lead to you receiving less than you’re entitled to or even nothing at all.
There are times when it’s necessary to fight for your compensation in court. Your attorney will represent you there if needed.
Hire A Defense Base Act Lawyer Now
With a DBA lawyer guiding you through the process, you can receive financial compensation appropriate for your injury. Without one, it’s common to make mistakes that leave you with nothing.
As a contingency contractor, you have the right to file Defense Base Act claims. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
For a free consultation, contact us. Our experienced legal team will help you file for the compensation you’re entitled to.