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If you are working for U.S. defense contractors overseas, you might encounter many risks, just as anyone might on-the-job. If you get injured during work, it can completely disrupt your life, requiring medical treatment, missed work, and more. The good news is that the Defense Base Act (DBA) gives injured defense workers the right to seek benefits to cover their losses, similar to a workers’ compensation claim. 

DBA claims can involve many types of accidents and injuries, and each claim is unique. It is important to speak with a Defense Base Act lawyer who can advise you of your rights and help you through the claims process.

Common Accidents

Many different types of workplace accidents can happen when you least expect them to, especially in unpredictable environments. Some accidents may seem relatively minor, while others are clearly devastating right from the start. It is important to remember that even seemingly minor accidents can still result in injuries that require medical treatment and result in other losses. No matter what type of accident occurred, never hesitate to discuss a possible claim with a DBA lawyer.

Some claims arise from the following accidents, among many more:

  1. Motor vehicle accidents
  2. Toxic exposure
  3. Falls
  4. Getting hit by falling objects
  5. Gunshot wounds
  6. Explosions and IED encounters
  7. Accidental poisoning

An overseas accident can be as dramatic as an IED explosion or as simple as a slip and fall, but any resulting injuries should be fully compensated.

Some injuries result from someone else’s error, while others are true accidents, and no one is at fault. Unlike private personal injury claims in the U.S., DBA claims do not require you to prove negligence on the part of another party. Instead, you only have to demonstrate that you were injured while working for a U.S. defense contractor.

Seeking Benefits

The purpose of a DBA claim is to seek benefits to compensate you for your injury-related losses, which can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Disability benefits

In some cases, a claim will seek benefits for a couple of doctor’s bills and a few days home from work to recover. On the other hand, some DBA claims involve extensive and ongoing losses due to disabling injuries. Many people who have permanent impairments from a workplace injury can seek benefits for home accommodations, medical equipment and home assistance, and income replacement if they can no longer work.

DBA claims can be fairly straightforward or highly complex. In either situation, it is always possible that your claim can be wrongfully denied, causing your recovery to become significantly more difficult. Always seek help from a skilled DBA claims attorney from the start of the process or if you received a denial.

Contact an Experienced Defense Base Act Attorney for More Information

At Mara Law Firm, we help clients with DBA claims stemming from many types of accidents and injuries. Call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online for a case evaluation and to discuss the claims process. 

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