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If you suffered injuries during defense work overseas, you might need extensive medical treatment and time off of work. You deserve DBA benefits for your injuries and losses, and you should seek help from a nationwide Defense Base Act lawyer right away. 

Private employees working for U.S. defense organizations can suffer injuries and illnesses while working in foreign countries. Just like workers’ compensation coverage protects domestic employees who suffer injuries, federal law provides benefits for overseas workers under the Defense Base Act (DBA). 

It is important to make sure that you receive all the benefits that you deserve under the law, and many people might not even realize what type of benefits they are entitled to. Never hesitate to speak with nationwide Defense Base Act lawyers about your rights and your claim.

Medical Expenses

A major part of a DBA claim is seeking benefits for your medical care. We all know that medical treatment is costly in the United States, and many people working abroad must return home to receive the full treatment they need. If your injury was work-related, you should not be responsible for any costs of treatment. 

Coverage should include any treatment or procedures related to the work injury, which might include:

  • Emergency trauma care
  • X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests
  • Emergency or scheduled surgical procedures
  • Hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) stays
  • Doctor and specialist appointments
  • Physical and occupational therapy 
  • Medical equipment and medications

You should not have to pay any medical bills stemming from your job-related injury, but sometimes, DBA insurance companies question whether all treatment was necessary or challenge your diagnosis. In these situations, you want an attorney fighting for the benefits you need to cover all the treatment you received. 

Further, you should keep receiving benefits for the length of your treatment. If an insurer tries to cut off your benefits early, seek legal help right away. 

Disability Benefits

Many types of work-related injuries have the potential to cause life-changing impairments that can keep you from working. If you miss work, you miss out on income, and the DBA provides benefits to compensate you for partial lost wages. Temporary partial or total disability provides wage replacement benefits if you cannot work – or you earn less than usual – for a period of time following your injury. 

Some injuries, such as spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, cause permanent impairments that prevent you from working in the future at all or that require you to get a lower-paying job. The DBA provides permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits in these situations. 

Additionally, if you suffered permanent disabilities from your injuries, you might qualify for vocational rehabilitation. These services assist disabled individuals in finding suitable work with their impairments in mind. In order to be eligible for these services, you must have relocated to the U.S. after your disabling injury. 

Learn more: What You Should Know About DBA Death Benefits

Speak with Our Nationwide Defense Base Act Lawyers Today

Insurance companies are notorious for trying to pay fewer benefits than injured workers deserve. Further, too many people accept benefits that are too low because they are not fully aware of their options to negotiate or take legal action to seek the entire amount they need. This is where a nationwide Defense Base Act lawyer at Mara Law Firm can help. Call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online today. 

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