The Defense Base Act (DBA) is an extension of the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act that originally covered longshoremen and harbor workers, called the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) and was enacted to provide workers’ compensation benefits to any employee working overseas on a U.S. military base, or in an area occupied or used by the United States for a military purpose. The DBA provides for medical expenses and a portion of the employee’s wages for the duration of the injury, as well as ongoing, medically necessary treatment for any permanent injury or disability.
If you have been injured while working for a military contractor overseas, contact our experienced lawyers now so we can get you the treatment and compensation you deserve.
The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, The Philippines, and The Horn of Africa have led to huge populations of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals working in support roles for U.S. Forces and, therefore, falling under the provisions of the DBA. Oftentimes, those contractors are subject to the same dangers that Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are subject to: snipers, rocket and mortar fire, IEDs, and other direct enemy actions. Generally, any contractor who was injured while providing services to the U.S. Military overseas is covered by the DBA.
Sometimes those injuries are immediately obvious, but often they have delayed onset. Injuries like Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) often go undiagnosed for years. Our attorneys have deployed worldwide and understand the nature of these delayed onset injuries. Even if you have previously received compensation under the DBA for a physical injury, you may still have a valuable claim for PTSD or TBI. Contact our attorneys now to evaluate your claim.