As they begin to recover and come to terms with the physical impact of their injuries, civilian contractors are also forced to look at the financial impact of their injuries. Bills for medical treatment and medication add up fast, and weeks can pass without answers about benefits and injury compensation. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, it’s only natural to be wondering exactly how long it might take to resolve your injury claim under the Defense Base Act (DBA), and you’re definitely not alone.
Or, even if you are receiving DBA benefits, you might wondering about how long it may take to settle your claim.
When Will I Get a Final Answer About My Defense Base Act Claim?
For many workers, the answer to this question can be less than satisfying. The truth is that there is no set period of time for resolving your claim, and each case can work out very differently. Ultimately, how long it takes to resolve your DBA claim will depend on:
- The details of your case. Some injuries or accidents are naturally more complicated than others, and the details of what happened and how you were hurt can create additional snags in the process of resolving a DBA claim.
- The evidence in your case. To claim the benefits you are owed, you will likely need to present extensive evidence of your injury, your treatment, and more. While your injury may seem obvious to the naked eye, you still must legally “prove” your claims with strong evidence.
- The court process involved in coming to a resolution. Even when you have worked closely with an attorney and carefully prepared everything needed for your DBA claim, there can be a long wait associated with negotiating fair settlements, scheduling trials, and dealing with appeals.
While some contractors are able to resolve their claims relatively quickly, many others may be waiting for years for compensation. And while the reason for these delays can be legitimate, there are many situations in which the reason for delays is “just because.” To make sure that you are protecting your rights, getting fair treatment, and moving your DBA claim forward, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side.
If you were injured while working for a defense contractor, it’s time to start getting informed about your rights and taking control of your situation. Request your free copy of our book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, to learn more about empowering yourself, or visit our YouTube channel for immediate access to more helpful tips and information. Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.