What is the Defense Base Act?
The Defense Base Act – or DBA – is a law requiring all U.S. government contractors and subcontractors (i.e. employers) to secure workers’ compensation insurance for employees working overseas. The DBA statute also includes the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 U.U.C.901-50.
What is DBA: Coverage under the Defense Base Act
If you have ever wondered exactly what the DBA is, here is a list compiled from the United States Department of Labor which highlights the criteria that must be met in order to be covered under the Defense Bas Act.
• Working for private employers on U.S. military bases or on any lands used by the U.S. for military purposes outside of the United States, including those in U.S. Territories and possessions;
• Working on public work contracts with any U.S. government agency, including construction and service contracts in connection with national defense or with war activities outside the United States;
• Working on contracts approved and funded by the U.S. under the Foreign Assistance Act (link to wiki), generally providing for cash sale of military equipment, materials, and services to its allies, if the contract is performed outside of the United States;
• Working for American employers providing welfare or similar services outside of the United States for the benefit of the Armed Forces, e.g. the USO.
If any one of the above criteria is met, all employees engaged in such employment, regardless of nationality, are covered under the Act.
Defense Base Act Lawyer
If you have been injured while employed under the DBA, Contact an experienced Defense Base Act lawyer today to schedule a free initial consultation and discover how they can help you.
Protecting Military Subcontractor Victims’ Right to Workers’ Compensation: DBA NYC
If you have been injured in an accident while working for the military overseas, do not delay. You need an experienced Defense Base Act lawyer to help you navigate through all the time-sensitive claim filing that must be completed. Employers and their workers’ compensation insurance carriers protect their assets with experienced insurance defense law firms. They carefully evaluate workplace site accident scenes to attempt to minimize the harm you have experienced and potentially limit the benefits owed to you as a military subcontractor.
At the Law Office of Robert Koenigsberg, our attorneys know what to look for in DBA accident cases. We know how to develop compelling legal arguments with medical testimony from our client’s doctors about the extent and severity of the injuries. We are committed to obtaining the maximum benefits available from the Defense Base Act (link to article above) for subcontracted military employees who have been injured in serious accidents, involving but not limited to:
• Falling debris
• Crane accidents
• Hazardous material
• Fires and explosions
DBA NYC: Contact Us When Experience Counts
If you have been injured while contracted under the DBA, it’s important to know your rights and seek the legal counsel of an experienced New York Defense Base Act Lawyer. The law limits the amount of time allotted to file a DBA claim. It is imperative that you know your statute of limitations as it pertains to an injury sustained while stationed overseas for military subcontract work. The New York Workers’ Compensation Law Firm of Robert Konigsberg has years of experience with workplace related injuries, including obtaining fair settlements for victims injured while working under the DBA.
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