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If you are wondering whether you are eligible to seek Defense Base Act benefits, there are criteria you must meet to have a successful claim. Seek an evaluation by a nationwide Defense Base Act attorney right away. 

The Defense Base Act (DBA) is a section of federal workers’ compensation law under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which provides benefits in the event of job-related injuries. This law applies to a specific category of workers who provide private defense contracts for the U.S. government and defense in foreign countries. Many – but not all – of these contractors work on U.S. military bases across the globe. 

If you are injured while working, you might not be sure whether you are covered by the DBA. You should discuss your rights with a nationwide Defense Base Act attorney right away. 

Having an Eligible Job

First, you must work in a position that is covered by the Defense Base Act to qualify for benefits following a work accident and injury. There are many, many different jobs overseas that qualify, such as:

  • Base and tower security guards
  • Personal security guards and specialists
  • Construction crews and engineers
  • Welders
  • Mechanics
  • Truck drivers
  • Medical workers
  • Interpreters, translators, and linguists
  • Electricians
  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Canine handlers
  • Firefighters
  • Food service workers
  • Flight attendants
  • Pilots
  • Cultural advisors
  • Police and military trainers
  • Laundry service and maintenance workers

The DBA should never discriminate based on job title or other protected characteristics, such as race, gender, nationality, and more. If a job qualifies as a Defense Base Act contractor, benefits should be provided, no matter what job the person performs. 

What Injuries Might Qualify You for DBA Benefits?

Many contractors are needed to conduct the missions of military forces overseas, and many people suffer injuries in this line of work. If your injuries happened in the course of your employment or stemmed from your employment, they should qualify you for benefits to cover your medical care and lost income. 

Many injuries can lead to a DBA claim, including:

  • Amputations
  • Respiratory diseases and asthma
  • Asbestosis and mesothelioma
  • Cancer
  • Back injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • COPD
  • Electrical injuries
  • Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Hearing or vision problems
  • Skin irritations and conditions
  • PTSD and psychological injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Lead poisoning
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Silicosis
  • Whiplash
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tetanus

Some injuries stem from acute accidents or acts of violence, while other conditions develop due to the nature of a person’s job duties. In either situation, you should be granted benefits, though proving you are eligible can be more complicated than you might think. 

Speak with an Experienced Defense Base Act Attorney

Even if you have a qualified job and suffered injuries in the course of your employment, DBA insurance companies might still make it difficult for you to receive the benefits you need. Insurers have many tricks to limit payments to DBA contractors, but you should never settle for any less than you deserve under the law. 

The Defense Base Act attorneys at Mara Law Firm represent the rights of injured contractors, and we can assist with your claim. If you need help or received a claim denial, call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online today. 

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