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 Whats’s The Difference Between DBA Scheduled And Unscheduled Injures?

As an overseas worker, you probably know that any on-the-job injuries you suffer are covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA). This form of workers’ compensation protects civilian employees and private military contractors who work for U.S. national defense or public works companies abroad. Understanding the rules and regulations surrounding the type of injury you sustained is critical in getting the maximum benefits.

Different Types Of Injuries, Different Types Of Compensation

Let’s start by understanding how scheduled and unscheduled injuries are defined under the DBA. A “scheduled” injury is a permanent impairment for which compensation is paid on a predetermined schedule. For instance, under Section 908 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, which incorporates the DBA, benefits for the loss of a thumb equals 75 weeks of compensation, which is typically 66-2/3 percent of your average weekly wages.

Scheduled injuries include:

  • One arm
  • One leg
  • One hand
  • One foot
  • One eye
  • One thumb
  • First finger
  • Big toe
  • Second finger
  • Third finger
  • Toe (other than big toe)
  • Ring finger
  • Loss of hearing in one ear
  • Loss of hearing in both ears

Unscheduled Injury Compensation Is Based On Loss Of Earning Capacity

Injuries, including those to the brain, often preclude a rapid return to a job and are considered unscheduled injuries under the DBA. If you have suffered an unscheduled injury, your benefits are based on pre-injury wages and what you are able to earn after the injury has healed. Your employer is responsible for providing compensation for the wages you have lost as a result of your accident. Unscheduled injuries may include:

  • Head, neck, shoulder, and spine injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Injury to internal organs
  • PTSD

Don’t Let Your DBA Claim Be Denied Or Underpaid

There are many different ways an injured employee may be denied wage compensation after an injury. We can help you calculate your wages lost, average weekly wage, and your earning capacity to get you and your family the benefits you deserve, giving you the time you need to heal and recover. Click the contact link on this page to find out how we can help, or for immediate help, call us at (619) 486-1739. Consultations are always free and confidential. We get paid only when we obtain relief for you.

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Contact us todayDefense Base Act Attorney David Mara to schedule a free confidential consultation with our Defense Base Act Lawyers. Our dedicated staff will provide you with the attention and consideration that you deserve in your time of need. Our Defense Base Act attorneys at the Mara Law Firm will devote ourselves to protecting your interests and obtaining the maximum benefits that your case merits.

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