Understanding How Aggravation Injuries Can Impact Your DBA Claim

Understanding How Aggravation Injuries Can Impact Your DBA Claim

Mar 7, 2020 | Defense Base Act

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 experiencing?

Luckily, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation after the initial injury. But what about when that injury is worsened during another job? 

If your original injury gets re-aggravated or worse in another job position, you’re still entitled to compensation under an injury aggravation DBA claim. This claim is a bit more complex though.

To learn about how injury aggravation will impact your claim, keep reading.

What Factors Will Impact Your Aggravation Injury DBA Claim?

If you have an injury that’s aggravated by working overseas, you’re entitled to compensation for this pain.

There are certain factors that impact how you will file this claim, though. Here are some factors to consider. 

The Responsible Employer

Who you’re able to receive compensation from will depend on the employer that is responsible for the injury.

If you were working overseas with one employer and you were injured on the job, workers’ compensation guidelines require that employer to pay for the initial injury. This may include hospital bills, treatment in the form of rehabilitation or therapy, or any lost work from the injury.

If this injury gets worse with time, it becomes a little more tricky to cover. If the injury gets worse with natural use and age, your first employer who covered the initial injury will be responsible for paying the costs.

However, if you moved on to a new employer, they may be responsible for covering the injury. If your initial injury is only worsened because of what you’re doing in your second job, the second employer is responsible for covering the injury.

Who is responsible for the pain or other effects you’re experiencing is going to make quite a difference in your DBA claim. This is why it’s important to track your injury and consult a medical professional.

Potential Loss of Coverage

Receiving legal compensation as a result of an injury can become complicated when you switch jobs, or other employers are involved.

If there’s reason to believe that your injury was worsened by your second employer, the first employer will no longer be responsible for covering it. Sometimes a lengthy process is required to determine which employer will have to cover the injury.

If the first employer is not covering the injury anymore, and the second employer hasn’t been proven responsible for the injury yet, this can cause a problem for you. Until the responsible employer is identified, you may be left without treatment.

This can be inconvenient or problematic if you need regular help for the injury.

Earn the Compensation that You Deserve

If you find yourself caught in the middle of a coverage battle, don’t go it alone.

When you’re injured on the job, it’s your legal right to have medical treatment covered, as well as time lost on the job. Don’t let a complication get in the way of your treatment.

To get help with your injury aggravation DBA claim, reach out to us today.