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Defense Base Act

Defense Base Act Attorneys in Baltimore

Get the Compensation You Deserve

The Defense Base Act is a federal law that covers and compensates civilian employees who are injured while working abroad under a U.S. government contract.

You may be covered under the Defense Base Act if you were injured in the course of your work and:

  • You work for a private employer on a U.S. military base abroad
  • You work for a private employer on land used for military purposes by the U.S.
  • You are on a public works contract with a U.S. government agency that conducts national defense or war activities
  • You conduct work abroad under a contract that has been funded by the U.S. government
  • You work abroad for a company or organization that provides welfare services to the military

Benefits apply if you meet one of these criteria, regardless of your nationality.

At Ashcraft & Gerel, we have over 65 years of experience and have dedicated our careers to helping injured workers recover the compensation they need. If you are suffering an injury caused by your work for the U.S. government abroad, do not hesitate to discuss your situation with our firm during a free consultation.

Call (410) 983-6833 to schedule yours.

Understanding Your Rights under the Defense Base Act

Intended to protect workers who serve the U.S. government abroad, the Defense Base Act grants you certain rights – and it is important that you are familiar with your rights under this Act.

Just like standard workers’ compensation, the Defense Base Act provides benefits including:

  • Medical
  • Disability
  • Death

You are eligible for these benefits regardless of whether the injury occurred while you were on the clock.

By law, your employer must offer workers’ compensation insurance for employees if they meet the aforementioned requirements. If your employer fails to pay you the full amount you are owed or fails to maintain coverage, you have the right to seek legal action and sue for tort damages. If your employer cannot or does not cover the cost of your injury, they could face criminal penalties including fines and/or jail time.

Keep in mind that you only have one year to file a claim and 30 days to inform your employer of your injury in writing.

Call Ashcraft & Gerel for a Free Consultation

If you are seeking the compensation you are entitled to under the Defense Base Act, it can help to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side. At Ashcraft & Gerel, our Defense Base Act lawyers in Baltimore can help you file and pursue a claim. We can ensure that your claim is as strong as possible and file an appeal if it is denied.

Discuss your situation with us by calling (410) 983-6833 or contacting us online.

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Why Choose Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP?

The Right Firm Makes a Difference
  • Compassionate Representation

    Our legal team understands what you are going through and is committed to defending your rights against powerful businesses and insurance carriers.

  • Committed to the Community

    Our advocacy extends beyond the courtroom through our extensive involvement in the community and support for positive change within our industry.

  • Fearless Advocacy When You Need It

    Our experienced legal team is not afraid to go to trial in order to maximize the recovery that our clients desperately need and rightfully deserve.

  • Respected within the Legal Field

    Our esteemed attorneys are highly regarded within the legal community and even command respect from adjustors and defense counsel.

  • At the Forefront of Major Litigation

    Our legal team has spearheaded litigation on behalf of injured clients in many high-profile cases, including major disasters, explosions and sexual abuse cases.

  • A Long Legacy of Successful Results

    Since its founding in 1953, Ashcraft & Gerel has obtained more than a billion dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for injured clients.