Enacted back in 1941, the
Defense Base Act (DBA) protects American civilians and contractors who worked for the U.S.
military or government overseas, offering them a legal recourse for any
injuries they sustain. A form of workers’ compensation — and
an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
— DBA insurance serves a crucial role in protecting citizens abroad.
If you were injured while working outside of the United States, our experienced
workers’ compensation lawyers at Herbert Chestnut & Associates are ready and willing to
help. With decades of experience standing up to insurance companies, we
can help you navigate any issues that come up with your DBA injury claim.
Defining Eligibility for DBA Claims
Prior to the passing of the Defense Base Act in the middle of World War
II, American defense contractors and other individuals who worked on military
bases had little to no protection from serious injuries. In spite of risking
their lives alongside active military members, these contractors had no
ability to request long-term or permanent disability benefits.
Although the DBA was first created to protect contractors who worked on
bases, the legislation would eventually be expanded to include other groups,
starting in 1954. From public works contractors to welfare organizations
to United Service Organization (USO) contracts, many more people would
come to be covered under this groundbreaking law, regardless of whether
they worked on a military base.
What Does the Defense Base Act Cover?
Today, whether you’re a foreign national working as a contractor
or a full U.S. citizen working for a private employer, you may be entitled
to DBA benefits — provided that your injuries were sustained on
the job. Much like domestic workers’ compensation cases, a DBA claim
can cover many different kinds of injuries, from minor trip-and-fall claims
all the way to fatalities.
If you or a loved one was injured while working with the American government
abroad, chances are good that you are eligible for filing a DBA claim.
With more than 37 years of advocacy and a 3-time win for the Workers’
Comp Attorney of the Year award, our Cobb County team can fight on your
behalf, and seek the benefits you need.
Call 770-285-5542 today for more information!