American Contractor Lawyer I Overseas Civilian Contractor Attorney - Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation Injuries & Claims
We are American Contractor Lawyers and overseas civilian contractor attorneys. If you are injured while overseas working for an American Contractor you probably have a Defense Base Act workers’ compensation injury and claim.
The Defense Base Act
The Defense Base Act (DBA), created in 1941, extended the federal workers' compensation program for longshore and harbor workers, initially to persons working on American military bases abroad and then to most federal contractors working outside of the United States.
The DBA requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.
The DBA Falls Under the Longshore Act
Under the provisions of the DBA, overseas federal military and public works contractors are subject to the same workers' compensation rules, including the same insurance requirements and same schedules of benefits for affected workers, as maritime firms covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).
The DBA provides no-fault coverage and is an exclusive remedy to injured workers. Injured workers and the survivors of workers killed on the job are entitled to benefits for employment-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths regardless of fault and are not permitted to sue their employers or the federal government for any types of damages caused by employment-related incidents. However, DBA employees can bring third party lawsuits against persons and/or entitles whom are legally entities which are not their employers.
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain
My Best Advice
My best advice is for you to always to tell the truth about your claim and your injuries. Fibs, half-truths and tall tales can get you in real trouble if the Judge finds out you arent being honest.
My second best advice, is that you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case. I will send the book to you at no charge, and I will cover shipping. I wrote the book to help contractors with their DBA case. I can't take every case, but my book has helped many overseas contractors with their case.
Strength vs. Weakness
You can't be afraid to protect your rights. If you want to get what you are entitled to under the DBA - you have to be ready to take your case to court. You have to be prepared to win. Hoping for a good settlement is a fool's errand. You want to and need to negotiate from a position of strength. You don't do that unless you are prepared to win in court.
Nation Wide Practice
We are asked by injured American Contractor workers across the United States (and the world) to represent them. We have a Nation wide practice. We represent injured Defense Base Act workers that live across America and around the world.
Why Having a San Diego American Contractor Lawyer/ Overseas Civilian Contractor Attorney Is A Benefit To You
I am based in San Diego, California. This is a benefit to you. Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than I have. The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. I have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987. San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers. I have offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield. I represent Longshore workers up and down the west coast. I gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan.
There are many former military types that went to Iraq and Afghanistan that returned to San Diego and California with serious DBA injuries. In addition, many linguists are from California. Unfortunately, seriously injured American contractor workers and overseas civilian contractor returned to America in droves.
When they needed help with their Defense Base Act cases they hired my law firm. Today, my law firm represents more Defense Base Act workers than any other law firm on the west coast. Defense Base Act cases are what we do. We represent DBA workers from across America and from around the world.
Feeling Overwhelmed and Don't Know Where to Start? Get my free DBA Guide, it has the top ten common questions asked about the Defense Base Act, helpful references, what to say to your doctor/adjustor and much more. I created this guide as a great tool for you to get an overview of the Defense Base Act basics. Within the DBA Guide you will notice at the bottom of each section I mention which pages you can reference in my Win Your Defence Base Act Book if you would like to go into more depth on a certain topic.
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