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NATIONWIDE Timeline For DBA Claims

Working as a defense contractor on foreign soil can put you at risk of many different accidents and injuries. If you suffer injuries on the job, you deserve benefits under a law called the Defense Base Act (DBA). These benefits are similar to workers’ compensation for domestic workers, and just like workers’ compensation, you must go through the claims process to receive your coverage. 

We know you want to receive benefits as soon as possible, but getting your benefits can take time, and the timeline for DBA claims varies from case to case. However, the process can go smoother with help from a skilled Defense Base Act attorney.

Filling Your DBA Claim To Receive The Benefits You Deserve

To start the process following an injury, you need to prepare and file a claim with the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC). The claim must be supported by evidence of the following:

  1. Your job as a defense contractor in an overseas location
  2. The injuries you suffered and the treatment you needed
  3. That your injuries stemmed from your employment and how they occurred
  4. Whether you needed to miss work or can no longer work due to your injuries

Once you file a claim, an insurance adjuster will reach out to you. They might seem sympathetic and helpful, but, in reality, their goal is to limit the benefits the insurer pays out – or to deny your claim altogether. It is beneficial to your claim to have a DBA lawyer handling this process. 

At this point, the following might happen:

  1. The insurer approves full benefits, and you begin receiving those benefits within a few weeks or months of your injury.
  2. The insurance adjuster requests additional documentation or challenges certain aspects of your DBA claim, which can delay the process while you gather and submit the necessary documentation.
  3. The insurer might deny your claim at the DLHWC level outright, which will put your entire claim on hold while you follow the appeals process.

Having the right DBA attorney can improve your chances of having your claim approved from the start, so you don’t have to wait any longer for benefits. A lawyer can also swiftly gather additional information when needed to speed up the process. 

If you need to appeal a claim denial, you should contact a lawyer immediately if you have not already done so. The appeals process can be extensive, and having the right DBA attorney can improve your chances of approval at earlier appeal stages. The appeal process involves a hearing with an Office of Administrative Law Judge (OALJ), which can take two months or much longer to get scheduled, and your hearing might be scheduled for four months or longer from that date. After your hearing, the OALJ can take five months or longer to issue a decision on your claim. In particularly complex cases, it might even take up to a year. 

Speak with a Defense Base Act Attorney as Soon as Possible

At Mara Law Firm, we work to get our clients DBA benefits in the quickest time frame possible, so please do not hesitate or wait to contact us to discuss your claim today. 

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    • Dave Mara  did an outstanding job on my DBA case. Dave I personally want to thank you for guiding me in the right direction and having a successful case outcome. God bless you for all the effort you put into my DBA case. Words can’t describe how thankful I am. Thank you for helping injured over seas contractors.

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