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What’s the Difference Between DBA Scheduled and Unscheduled Injuries?

The First Thing You Must Do

The first thing you must do is always tell the truth. No matter what it is you are worried about, you must always be honest and never sugar coat anything to the judge or you attorney. If you do, then you will loose your case. Trust me, I have seen it time and time again. Do not be that person.

Before you even think about signing any forms from the DBA insurance company, you need to do your research. Order my free book, Winning Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve.

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Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.

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DBA Rules and Regulations

As an overseas worker, you probably know that any on-the-job injuries you suffer will be covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA). This form of workers’ compensation benefits protect civilian employees and private military contractors who work for U.S. national defense or public works companies abroad. However, what you may not know is that there are many rules and regulations surrounding the type of injuries covered by the DBA and how long you will get compensation.

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Differences Between Scheduled and Unscheduled Injuries Under the Defense Base Act

There are two types of injuries under the Defense Base Act: scheduled injuries and unscheduled injuries. According to the Defense Base Act, the following injuries are considered scheduled:

  • One arm
  • One leg
  • One hand
  • One foot
  • One eye
  • One thumb
  • First finger
  • Big toe
  • Second finger
  • Third finger
  • Toe (other than big toe)
  • Ring finger
  • Loss of hearing in one ear
  • Loss of hearing in both ears

All scheduled injuries have a certain number of weeks of benefits owed to the victim, depending on the body part and extent of trauma. For each injury, a formula will be used to determine how many weeks of compensation you will receive.

Unscheduled Injuries and Wage Loss Compensation

All other injuries, such as brain injuries, herniated disks, torn rotator cuffs, PTSD, etc., are considered unscheduled injuries under the DBA. If you suffer an unscheduled injury, your employer will compare your pre-injury wages with the wages you will be able to make after your injury has healed or stabilized. Your employer is responsible for providing compensation for the wages you have lost as a result of your accident.

There are many different ways an injured employee may be denied wage compensation after an injury. We can help you calculate your wages lost, average weekly wage and your wage earning capacity to get you and your family the benefits you deserve, giving you the time you need to heal and recover. Click the contact link on this page to find out how we can help.


William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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