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Defense Base Act

Defense Base Act Attorneys in Washington, D.C.

Representing Injured Workers Overseas

If you are a civilian who is working outside the United States on a U.S. government contract, you are covered for any injuries you sustain while working by the Defense Base Act. This important Act is a form of workers’ compensation for individuals who are hurt on the job while working for the U.S. overseas.

At Ashcraft & Gerel, our Defense Base Act attorneys in Washington, D.C. are extremely familiar with the Act and the coverage it provides. We have helped numerous injured people file claims and obtain the compensation to which they are entitled. Do not hesitate to discuss your case with us during a free, confidential consultation.

Schedule yours by calling (202) 759-7648 today.

Coverage under the Defense Base Act

Admittedly, there are strict criteria you must meet to be covered under the Defense Base Act.

You may be eligible for benefits if you:

  • Work for a private employer on land used by the U.S. for military purposes overseas
  • Work on a public works contract for a U.S. government agency that conducts work related to national defense or war activities – including construction and civil engineering
  • Work under a contract that has been approved and funded by the U.S., performing work such as selling military equipment or providing services to U.S. allies
  • You provide moral and welfare services to the military overseas for a company or organization such as the USO

Just like regular workers’ compensation, the Defense Base Act offers medical, disability, and death benefits. You are eligible for benefits whether you suffered the injury on or off the clock. Both permanent disability and death benefits apply for life.

Legal Nuances of the Defense Base Act

It can be difficult to determine whether you are eligible for benefits under the Defense Base Act if you are unfamiliar with the complicated nuances of the Act. Ashcraft & Gerel can help you understand your rights.

Remember that all companies and organizations that employee eligible workers are required by law to offer workers’ compensation coverage. If your employer does not provide coverage or pay you the full amount you are owed, you have the right to sue your employer.

If you sue, your employer cannot plead:

  • That you assumed the risk of injury when you accepted the job
  • Another employee’s negligence
  • Contributory negligence

Your employer could be convicted of a misdemeanor if they are found guilty of failing to cover the cost of your injury.

It is also important to remember that you are responsible for informing your employer of your injury within 30 days of the accident. If you wish to file a legal claim, you must do so within one year.

The History of the Defense Base Act

Enacted in 1941, the Defense Base Act has been amended twice since. In 1953, it was expanded to cover all forms of contract work classified as “national defense.” In 1958, it was expanded once more to ensure coverage for morale organizations as well as non-U.S. citizens working under U.S. contracts.

Over the last decade, we have seen many more Defense Base Act claims, primarily because of the U.S.’s involvement in the Middle East. Thousands of people were hired and continue to work on U.S. projects in the region, causing an increase in injury claims.

Consult with Ashcraft & Gerel

If you were injured in the course of your work abroad for the U.S government, you may be covered under the Defense Base Act and you could be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries. Our Defense Base Act attorneys in Washington, D.C. encourage you to schedule a free consultation so that we can assess your situation and determine whether you have a valid claim.

Call (202) 759-7648 now to get started with a free consultation.

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