The reality that most injured Defense Base Act contractors make is not telling the truth. The moment you lie about your case, is the moment you can say goodbye to it. The worse thing you could do for your DBA case is to not tell the honest truth.
No matter what it is, you must be up front and honest about every single detail with your attorney and the Judge. It will not only help your case, but it could be the difference between winning or losing your case.
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Global Linquist Solutions has been providing translation and interpretation services to the U.S. Army in Iraq and other areas in the Gulf Region since 2008. SInce 2008 Global Liquist Solutions employees have been seriously injured. The hazards and risks are tremendous.
Many GLS clients were making good money. Now, you might be wondering what is going to happen to you if you can't return to that kind of money. GLS is the main provider of interpreters, translators, and linguistic support to the U.S. military effort in Iraq.
As of September 2011, GLS offers translation and interpretation in the following countries:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The United Arab Emirates
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.
Defense Base Act Claims: Delay, Delay , Delay
If you are a seriously injured worker under the Defense Base Act (a civilian injured while working for a military contractor while abroad) you can expect significant delays in receiving your benefits under the Defense Base Act.
The truth is civilian workers who suffered devastating injuries while supporting the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan come home to fight yet another battle for receiving basic medical care. Here is your new reality - - these DBA insurance companies make millions of dollars denying legitimate claims. That is how they make BIG BUCKS. You and your family hardly matter when there is so much money to be made in denying legitimate claims.
What many workers come to realize is the insurance company and their lawyers know the law and how to manipulate the law against the injured worker. If this happens to you or a loved one, it is extremely important to obtain counsel that has tried cases under the LHWCA system (Defense Base Act claims are administered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act).
If your benefits are delayed or not provided, waiting will not help. Instead, you need to follow the administrative guidelines as set forth in the LHWCA and Department of Labor regulations. Waiting simply means that it will be longer before you receive the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
What is a Free Choice of Physician under the DBA?
Under the DBA/ Defense Base Act an injured employee has a free choice of physician. The Employee must request authorization from the employer/ carrier to be treated by his/her free choice physician.
When the nature of the injury prevents the employee from making a choice, the employer may chose for him/ her. However, the Employee may later exercise their free choice physician.
The Employer must pay for the medical treatment furnished by the free choice physician.
If the Employer chooses a doctor for he Claimant, the Claimant/ Employee is entitled to choose their free choice physician.
Remember, the Employee must request medical care from the employer/ carrier. Make sure to keep copies of all such requests.