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.
Why You Should Consider a DBA Lawyer From Outside Colorado
The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. This is a workers' compensation system for longshoreman, shipyard workers and harbor workers. I have been handling Longshore Act cases for over 25 years. Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers and longshoreman, I gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience helps our firm win Defense Base Act cases.
After the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started, seriously injured overseas contractors were referred to my office. It is my understanding that today that my firm is the largest DBA law firm on the West Coast and one of the three largest DBA firms in the United States.
Whether you live in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Pueblo or up in the Colorado Rockies - - you may be looking for a Defense Base Act lawyer that is near where you live. That is understandable. However, I think it is widely accepted that the biggest and/or best Defense Base Act law firms are in the coastal areas.
This is because most all of the DBA lawyers that have been handling these cases for a long time are also Longshore lawyers and are from coastal areas.
My Best Advice
Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat their case, it will help them win their case. Wrong.
You have to be up-front, honest, and truthful to your attorney and the judge. If a judge suspects your not telling the truth, you can say goodbye to your case. I have seen it time and time again.
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