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A Base Employee’s Guide to Defense Base Act Benefits

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The Defense Base Act

If you are a non-government employee who works on a U.S military base or other foreign land used by the U.S. government, you are covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA). The DBA is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and provides disability and medical benefits for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are injured while working for the U.S. government in Canada, Mexico and overseas.

Benefits under the Defense Base Act include:

 

Medical Benefits:  If you are a non-government employee who works on a U.S military base or other foreign land used by the U.S. government, you are covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA). The DBA is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and provides disability and medical benefits for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are injured while working for the U.S. government in Canada, Mexico and overseas.

Disability Compensation:  The DBA provides four types of disability compensation:

  1. Temporary total disability
  2. Temporary partial disability
  3. Permanent total disability (with annual increases)
  4. Permanent partial disability

 

The amount you are paid is based on the severity of your disability (percent of loss of use in the specified body part) and your unscheduled wage loss. It is calculated based on your average weekly wage (AWW). Your benefit may not exceed the maximum compensation rate of $1,346.68 per week.

  1. Temporary Total Disability: You will receive 2/3 of your AWW during the period you are disabled up to the maximum compensation rate.
  2. Temporary Partial Disability:  You will receive 2/3 of your lost wages up to the maximum compensation rate.
  3. Permanent Total Disability (with annual increases): You will receive 2/3 of your AWW with annual increases up to the maximum compensation rate. Benefits are payable as long as the disability continues.
  4. Permanent Partial Disability: If you have a scheduled injury, you will receive a percentage of your AWW for a set period of time. If you have an unscheduled injury, you will receive 2/3 of your lost earning capacity (the difference between your AWW and current earning capacity) up to the maximum compensation rate. Benefits are payable as long as the disability continues.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation:  You are eligible for rehabilitation services if you become permanently disabled while working and your disability makes it impossible for you to return to your field of employment without assistance. Rehabilitation services are administered through the U.S. Department of Labor. Only U.S. residents qualify for rehabilitation services.

Death Benefits:  Death benefits are available if an employee dies while working or in the scope of his employment. These monetary benefits include a lump sum for burial expenses. A death benefit of half the employee’s AWW is made to the surviving spouse and one dependent child of the employee. If the employee had two or more children, the weekly benefit is increased to 2/3 the AWW. Benefits to the child are payable until age 18, or 23 if the child is in college. Benefits to the spouse are payable for life or until the spouse remarries. Death benefits are subject to annual increases. Aliens and non-US citizens may receive the death benefit as one lump sum.

Contact the DBA Laywers at the Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC For Help With Your Claim

If you are injured and have questions about your DBA benefits, please call the Defense Base Act lawyers at The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC at 866-705-4617. We’re happy to help, even if you are on the other side of the world.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

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