At the Mara Law Firm we are proud to fight for the rights of workers who are injured in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere overseas while covered by the Defense Base Act.

NATIONWIDE DBA Claims For Sight Injuries

There are many risks of working on military bases or defense environments for the U.S. overseas, and one of these is sight-related injuries. About 20,000 domestic workers sustain eye injuries in the United States each year, and additional vision injuries occur to defense contractors. These injuries can impact your ability to work well into the future, as well as require ongoing medical care. 

Domestic workers who suffer sight injuries on the job can seek workers’ compensation benefits from their employers. If you are a defense contractor, however, the same state-mandated workers’ comp system does not apply. Instead, you can seek benefits through the Defense Base Act (DBA), which is part of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The DBA specifically protects workers in defense contract positions in foreign countries and provides them with benefits for work-related injuries. 

If you have a sight injury from your job in this capacity, contact a Defense Base Act attorney for assistance as soon as possible. 

Learn more: Common Injuries Covered Under the Defense Base Act

How Sight Injuries Can Impact Your Life

The first sign of an eye injury is usually pain, which can be severe. Even as your eye injury improves, the pain can prevent you from living your normal life – including working or even sleeping. The pain is likely only the start of a long journey of recovery – if you can recover at all. Many people with work-related eye injuries have sight problems for the rest of their lives. 

If you lose any of your vision, it can impair your ability to work at your previous job – or any job – which can cause financial stress on your household. You might not be able to drive any longer, read, or even live independently. You might need to spend a significant amount of time rehabilitating and adapting to your new life with sight loss. It can be a devastating situation. 

Sight injuries can require:

  1. Emergency medical care.
  2. Specialist visits.
  3. Surgeries.
  4. Occupational therapy.
  5. Pain medication.

Your DBA benefits should cover all of your past and future medical expenses, and you should not be responsible for paying anything out of pocket for your sight injury care. In addition, you should receive benefits to replace your lost income, including future disability payments if you cannot work in the future. To make sure you receive the full benefits you deserve, you should always speak with a Defense Base Act lawyer regarding your claim. 

Types of Work-Related Eye Injuries

We rely on our vision for every aspect of our lives, and losing any degree of sight due to an eye injury can throw a wrench into your entire life. Some eye injuries that people might sustain on the job include:

  1. Objects penetrating or lacerating the eye.
  2. Corneal abrasions.
  3. Blunt trauma to the eye.
  4. Bright light exposure.
  5. Chemical exposure in your eye.

Learn more: DBA benefits from Psychological Injuries

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The legal team at Mara Law Firm is dedicated to helping injured workers obtain the DBA benefits they deserve. Speak with a member of our team to discuss how we might help in your situation. Contact us today.

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