Defense Base Act Compensation Explained by LA Lawyers

Attorneys Explain Defense Based Act Compensation for Civilian Contractors’ “Unusual” Injuries Abroad –

U.S. Government contractors operating abroad are required to provide workers compensation for their employees by the Defense Base Act – regardless of the nationality of the employee.

Because overseas employees are working in “danger zones,” “war zones” and “hostile environments” the monetary compensation is high . . . but there is also a much greater risk of obscure, unusual, or severely traumatic work injuries.

In recognition of this greater possibility of atypical injury, the Defense Base Act (unlike traditional workers’ compensation) often pays claims for injuries that are not typically experienced in ordinary work settings.

Government Contractors in the Middle East May Be Entitled to DBA Disability Benefit for Unusual Injuries – Lawyers, Attorneys

For example: situations and circumstances that occur in the Middle East (including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kuwait) may give rise to unique injuries or illnesses not likely  be covered under regular workers compensation, but recognized under the DBA.

A case in point is the Defense Base Act compensation regularly awarded for ocular (eye) injuries. These injuries can be combat-related, work-related or simply accidental, and are considerably more common during wartime and/or in desert settings. Eyes are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries from tiny flying particles that might only minimally injure other parts of the body. These eye injuries can be caused by munitions or from sand storms or other airborne debris. Though unlikely to be seen in a domestic workers’ compensation case, they are commonly paid claims under the Defense Base Act.

Another example of an “unusual” DBA claim involved a very tragic and unusual case in Lebanon, where a civilian contractor employee sadly died from an accidental overdose of pain medication – which he was taking after receiving a tattoo. Even though he received the tattoo off-base, the DBA claim was approved as “work-related” because of the proximity of the base to the tattoo parlor, the likelihood that an employee there would receive tattoos, and the over-the-counter availability in Lebanon of prescription-strength medication.

However, our lawyers would like to point out that even US government contract workers in more “tame” settings such as Europe (including Germany, France, Italy or Spain) may be subject to injuries that give rise to Defense Base Act compensation claims. Some of the most common Defense Base Act claims arise from:

  • Back Injury or Spinal Injury
  • Nail Gun Injuries
  • Noise Injuries and Hearing Loss
  • Paraplegia or Quadriplegia
  • Herniated Disc / Ruptured Disc
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
  • Automobile / Vehicle Accidents
  • Ocular / Eye Injuries and Blindness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Broken Limbs, Arms, Legs, Ankles

If You Are an Injured Government Contractor – Contact an Experienced Lawyer – Los AngelEs, Long Beach

The DBA laws provide a uniform system of for handling work injuries arising across multiple jurisdictions. Whether you live in Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois or New York, New York – or you were injured in Lebanon or London, England, or Pakistan or Paris, France – the same federal workers comp protections apply to all US government contract employees under the Defense Base Act.

If you have been affected by a common or an unusual injury or illness while working abroad for a U.S. government contractor, our experienced Defense Base Act lawyers will provide you with a free consultation to help you understand your rights under the Defense Base Act, and help you obtain the maximum workers’ compensation you deserve for your injuries or disability.

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