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Defense Base Act

Defense Base Act Attorneys in Landover

We Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

The Defense Base Act is federal legislation designed to compensate civilian employees who are injured while working abroad under a contract with the U.S. government. If you suffered an injury in the course of your work for the government, you may be eligible for compensation under this Act. We encourage you to contact our team at Ashcraft & Gerel to learn more and see if you have a valid claim. If so, our Defense Base Act attorneys in Landover can help you file a claim and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Call (301) 327-2104 now to get started with a free consultation.

Who Does the Defense Base Act Cover?

In order to be covered by the Defense Base Act, you must meet one of four key criteria.

You may be eligible – regardless of your nationality – if:

  • You are employed by a private employer on a U.S. military base abroad or on land used by the U.S. for military purposes
  • You work abroad for a U.S. government agency that conducts national defense or war activities, including construction or civil engineering
  • You work overseas under a contract that has been approved and funded by the U.S. government. This includes military equipment sales and services
  • You work for a company that offers welfare services to the military abroad, such as the USO

Your Benefits under the Defense Base Act

Whether or not you were on the clock when your injury occurred, you are eligible for benefits if you meet the employment requirements of the Defense Base Act.

Like the regular workers’ compensation system, the Defense Base Act allows for benefits including:

  • Disability: Eligible workers can receive 2/3 of their average weekly earnings (up to a maximum amount, which changes depending on the state of the economy and wage rates).
  • Medical: You can receive compensation for your past, current, and future medical bills for treatment related to the injury you sustained on the job.
  • Death: If you lost a loved one who was covered by the Defense Base Act, you and/or your family may still receive benefits. You could receive half of your loved one’s average weekly earnings.

Things to Know about the Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act is a fairly complex piece of legislation with various statutes outlining eligibility requirements and the benefits an eligible worker is entitled to.

Employers whose workers meet the eligibility requirements are mandated by federal law to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. Any employer who fails to meet this requirement or pay the full amount an injured employee is owed can be sued for tort damages.

If you sue your employer for failing to provide coverage for your injury, the employer cannot plead:

  • That you assumed the risk when you took on the job
  • Some other employee’s negligence
  • Your own negligence caused the injury

In the event that your employer is unable to cover the cost of your injury, they can be found in violation of a federal mandate and be charged with a misdemeanor.

Keep in mind that you must notify your employer of your injury within 30 days of the incident – in writing. A claim must be filed within one year of the incident.

If you believe that you deserve compensation under the Defense Base Act, consult with our team at Ashcraft & Gerel. Call (301) 327-2104 today.

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