Rockville Defense Base Act Attorneys
Representing Civilians Injured While Working Abroad
When civilian employees work abroad on U.S. military bases or under contract with the U.S. government for national defense or public works, they are covered by workers’ compensation under the Defense Base Act (DBA). In addition to covering injuries or losses of life that arise in the course of employment, the Defense Base Act may cover incidents that occur outside of regular job duties if they apply under the “Zone of Special Danger” doctrine.
If you or someone you love was injured at a U.S. military base overseas or while working abroad under a government contract, it is critical to determine whether the Defense Base Act applies. Ashcraft & Gerel can offer experienced insight and skilled representation to determine eligibility and help you pursue fair benefits. We have been fighting for injured workers’ rights for over 65 years.
Qualifying for Benefits Under the Defense Base Act
Regardless of your nationality, you may be entitled to benefits under the Defense Base Act if you are injured in the course of your employment and:
- You work for a private employer abroad, on a U.S. military base or other land used by the U.S. for military purposes.
- You work abroad for a U.S. government agency on a public works contract related to war activities or national defense.
- You work abroad under a U.S. government approved and funded contract.
- You work for the United Service Organizations (USO) or other entity that boosts morale and welfare for U.S. military personnel abroad.
Defense Base Act Benefits
The Defense Base Act provides the following benefits to qualifying applicants:
- Medical benefits, covering the medical care you receive for your injury.
- Permanent and total disability benefits, totaling up to two-thirds of your average weekly wages, up to a maximum amount set forth by law.
- Death benefits, totaling one-half of your average weekly wages, which will go to your spouse or oldest child, or your next of kin if you are unmarried and have no children.
Protect Your Right to Defense Base Act Benefits
If you were injured while working abroad, our Rockville Defense Base Act lawyers can actively protect your right to benefits. Since 1942, employers have been required to provide workers’ compensation coverage to civilians working abroad under U.S. government contracts, and they can be held responsible for failing to comply. You also have a responsibility to notify your employer within 30 days and to file a formal claim within 1 year. By upholding your rights and helping you fulfill your obligations, our team can work to preserve your right to full benefits.
For a free review of your Defense Base Act claim, call (301) 231-1937. We are here to help.
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