The Defense Base Act (DBA) is a federal workers’ compensation and death benefits law (42 U.S.C. §§ 1651-54) that protects primarily employees of private contractors who are working in U.S. combat zones or on U.S. bases outside the United States. The DBA requires such contractors to purchase DBA workers compensation insurance for their employees and the United States Department of Labor oversees the administration of DBA benefits.
If you have physical or psychological injuries due to your employment overseas for a federal contractor, you may be entitled to medical benefits, and if your injury affects your ability to work you may also be entitled to workers’ compensation.
If you have a spouse or parent who died as a result of working for a U.S. government contractor overseas, you may be entitled to benefits.
John Vinci has worked to help get compensation for scores of injured former employees of U.S. contractors under the DBA.
Most people working in these combat zones for U.S. Contractors are not from the U.S. but are from places like Uganda, India, Macedonia, and Kosovo. So, John has worked with clients from not only here in the United States, but also from places like, India, South Africa, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. These injured workers were employed by companies like KBR, Fluor, DynCorp, Ecolog, Academi (formerly Blackwater), Mission Essential Personnel, and AECOM/ACFirst.
It’s not unusual for these companies to require their employees to work around 12 hours a day, 7 days per week, for 3-4 months at a time. With this workload many employees develop physical injuries (back and neck injuries seem to be common) and, with the continued attacks on U.S. bases, many also develop psychological injuries such as PTSD.
Even if the carrier is paying you now, you still need an attorney to make sure your rights are protected.
But there are time limits that may affect your ability to claim compensation if you do not act quickly.
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 The scope of the Defense Base Act is broader than this definition but also has some exceptions. Please contact me if you would like to know if it applies to your specific circumstances.