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.
Who am I?
My name is Bill Turley and I own one of the top two DBA law firms in the world. The Turley and Mara Law Firm represent injured civilian contractors from all over the world and fight for the DBA benefits that they deserve.
My firm is located in San Diego, California. And that's the best news you could hear all day. This is because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast. When shipyard workers were injured, and those injuries were covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, they would would come to us for reprsentation. And as I mentioned earlier the Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore Act. I have been handling Longshore cases since 1987.
So when overseas civilian contractors came home, injured and cheated by the DBA insurance companies, they were recommended to our office. Now, San Diego has a large military presence, both former and current members. When they get injured overseas aiding in the American war effort they come home and our office is one of the first places they go.
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 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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