"Honest is the first chapter of the book of wisdom."
- Thomas Jefferson
Who Does The Defense Base Act Apply To?
The Defense Base Act applies to civilian workers who are injured or killed overseas while working on a military base or working for a company contracting with the U.S. Government. These contracts can be for roads, schools, dams, embassies, buildings, airports, or even service contracts. Originally the Defense Base Act (DBA) was intended to cover workers on overseas military bases. Later it was expanded to service contracts and contracts for national defense activities.
The DBA incorporates by reference the provisions of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). All of the provisions regarding filing a claim, procedures and available benefits are found in the LHWCA.
You Have 1 Year to File Your DBA Claim
If you believe you have a DBA claim you must file an Employee Claim For Compensation within one year of the date of the accident or last payment of compensation, whichever is later. Such a claim must be filed with one of the district offices of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. There are district offices located in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Houston, San Francisco, Long Beach, Seattle, and Honolulu.
If you are later than one year, you should still contact a seasoned Longshore/ DBA lawyer. We have been successful in prosecuting claims filed much later than one year. However, like anything in law, if you have an argument, you may lose. Thus, we strongly recommend filing your claim before the one year so you you won't have to worry about losing the "argument."
We Want To Help
The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC and their staff are ready to help you immediately. You deserve help from a lawyer who understands your situation and how to help you in this difficult time. We fight hard to get you the best medical care. We fight hard to get you all the compensation which you are entitled under the law. Our goal is help you get your life back together.
Our Reputation is Success
Since 1987, the insurance companies have respected us for how we fight for our clients. This respect is a benefit clients receive when they choose The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC. The recognition the legal industry has given us helps us succeed for our clients. You want a lawyer that is going to be able to stand up to the insurance company. You want a lawyer that is going to get the maximum recovery for your case.
How Can You Represent Me If You're In California?
The Defense Base Act is federal law, which means anyone from anywhere can represent you. Technically, you don't need a lawyer to handle your DBA case. Your brother in law can represent you and he'll probably do a similar job as the local Arizona lawyer you hire will do.
It may be tempting to hire someone out of Phoenix, Tuscon, Scottsdale or Flagstaff because they are close to you. But know this: hiring an inexperienced local workers' comp. lawyer is not going to get you very far. The DBA law system is dense and complex and you need an expert to navigate it. Most of the time these local lawyers don't really know what the Defense Base Act is, they're learning on the job. They'll get overwhelmed, stop answering your calls and before you know it you are settling for a lot less than you deserve.
So instead hire an expert. Do the research, read all of the potential lawyers' books, watch their videos, read their reviews, check out their ratings. Know who you are hiring and make sure they can handle your case.
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