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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Defense Base Act?
The Defense Base Act, commonly known as the DBA, is a Federal Workers’ Compensation program designed to cover civilian contractors working overseas for companies in support of the United States military.
What is an injured worker entitled to under the Defense Base Act?
An injured worker is entitled to three benefits from the insurance carrier:
- Payment of workers’ compensation benefits while under the care of a doctor
- Medical care and treatment covered by the insurance provider
- May be entitled to a lump sum settlement in the event that the worker is unable to return to their job overseas and is unable to earn pre-injury wage
Who is covered by the Defense Base Act?
Which companies are regularly involved in Defense Base Act claims?
- Mission Essentials
- Triple Canopy
What types of jobs are covered by the Defense Base Act?
Is an injured worker under the Defense Base Act entitled to a settlement?
What injuries are covered by the Defense Base Act?
What is the difference between a scheduled injury and a non-scheduled injury under the Defense Base Act?
Is there any difference in compensation under the Defense Base Act with scheduled injuries versus non-scheduled injuries?
Are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms covered by the Defense Base Act?
For a Defense Base Act claim, what do I need to do to show that I suffer from PTSD?
How much will I have to pay in attorney’s fees?
Does the Defense Base Act cover foreign citizens?
What is a Third Party Claim and how is it related to my Defense Base Act claim?
If your injury falls under the Defense Base Act you may still have a claim, in addition to the Defense Base Act, against a negligent third party. A third party is a person employed by someone other than your employer whose negligence caused the injury.
Example of a Third Party Claim:
You work for Halliburton and you are injured while driving due to the negligence of a person employed by DynCorp driving. Under these circumstances, you will have a Defense Base Act claim with your employer’s insurance carrier, but also a Third Party Claim against the negligent driver and their employer for your injuries too.
What does a Third Party Claim mean?
Do I get mileage reimbursement under the Defense Base Act?
What do I need to do for the pre-authorization approval process?
How is average weekly wage calculated under the DBA?
What is the compensation rate for an injured party under the DBA?
The compensation rate for an injured party is 2/3rd’s of the average weekly wage, with a maximum weekly wage that will vary by the date of injury. Visit the Department of Labor to see the average weekly wage schedule.