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Not every DBA claim is granted, and it is important to take the necessary steps to appeal your denial and fight for the benefits you need to cover your work injury-related losses. Contact DBA attorneys for help today. 

When you are working overseas as a defense contractor for the U.S., and you suffer injuries on the job, you can be facing extensive losses. It is essential that you receive the full benefits you deserve under the Defense Base Act (DBA), which protects workers in your situation. 

However, even if you have the right to DBA benefits, you might learn that your claim has been denied. Too often, valid claims result in denials, and many people do not know what to do. It is important to know that an initial denial is not a final answer, and you can take steps to appeal the denial and fight for the benefits you deserve. You should do so with the help of an experienced DBA attorney. 

Steps to Take if Your DBA Claim is Denied

There are a number of reasons that a Defense Base Act could be denied. In some cases, claims are denied for simple errors on the paperwork you submit. Claims may also be denied because of uncertainty regarding certain details about your case. These kinds of issues can result in longer processing times, so it’s highly advisable to retain an experienced lawyer from the outset of your case.

An experienced lawyer can evaluate your case and ensure that your claim is filed with as much supporting documentation as possible. In the event that any issues arise, an attorney familiar with the process can resolve them quickly and efficiently, making sure you obtain compensation as soon as possible.

In addition, should your employer decide to dispute your claim, your attorney can represent you and maximize the chances that you get compensation for your illness or injury.

Avoiding Denials When Possible

While it is possible to successfully appeal a DBA claim denial, it is easier to file a claim with the best chance of getting your benefits approved from the start. An experienced DBA lawyer can help you prepare, file, and negotiate your claim, as well as provide all supporting documentation to prove your claim. 

Some evidence of your claim can include:

  1. Accident reports from your supervisor
  2. Witness accounts of the accident and your resulting injuries
  3. Medical records showing your diagnosis and all recommended treatment
  4. Reports from medical and occupational experts that your injuries should keep you out of work for a specified period of time
  5. Reports supporting a long-term disability

Often, an insurance company might approve your claim but offer much less in benefits than you deserve. Do not accept benefits or a settlement that is too low. Instead, have your experienced lawyer negotiate with the insurer, so you receive all the benefits you need. 

Contact Our DBA Attorneys Today

If you have suffered an injury or developed an illness while working overseas as a military contractor or had a DBA claim denied, you should call the Mara Law Firm today. We are committed to helping injured victims obtain the benefits to which they are entitled under the law. To schedule your free case evaluation, call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online.

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