Defense Base Act (DBA) Lawyer

Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act covers overseas employees working on American military bases for private employers or under public work contracts with the US government, including for national defense. The Act provides medical treatment and compensation to civilian employees injured overseas.

Templer and Hirsch can help you make a Defense Base Act claim. If you would like our help, for no money out of our pocket call: Call Us Now. The injured employee should report the injury immediately to the employer and request a physician of the injured employees choice. It is very important that the injured employee does not agree to the Employer’s doctor as their choice of physician. If the Injured employee is not able to return to work they are entitled workers compensation for the lost wages.

At Templer & Hirsch, our attorneys specialize in Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we understand the unique challenges and complexities that come with DBA claims. Whether you've been injured while working on a military base or as a government contractor overseas, we're here to help you navigate the legal process and secure the compensation you deserve. With over 30 years of experience, we have a proven track record of success in handling DBA cases for clients in Aventura and throughout South Florida.

6  Tips to Help you file a Defense Base Act Claim:

  1. Report your injury immediately to your supervisor in writing.
    • Be sure to detail all the body parts injured in the accident.
  2. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
    • Your health and safety should be your top priority. Seeking medical attention will not only help you recover faster but also document the extent of your injuries, which is crucial when filing a claim.
  3. Document everything related to your injury.
    • Keep detailed records of all medical treatment, communication with your employer, the insurance company, and your attorney regarding your claim, and any expenses you incur as a result of the injury.
  4. Be honest with your doctor and attorney.
    • This is important for your claim to be successful. If you lie or withhold information, it may negatively impact your case.
  5. List every injury in your report of injury to your employer, including any unscheduled injuries.
    • Leaving out an injury may cause the insurance company to deny your claim for that body part.
  6. Contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
    • You are entitled to your own choice of physician under the Defense Base Act. Do not let the insurance carrier pick a doctor for you or suggest a doctor to you.

The Benefits Of the Defense Base Act

Medical treatment by physician of choice

The Defense Base Act (DBA) allows employees working on U.S. government contracts outside of the United States to choose the physician they wish to treat them for a work-related injury or illness. This means that employees are not limited to a specific network of healthcare providers.

Lost wages for time out of work

The DBA also provides for the payment of lost wages for the time an employee is out of work due to a work-related injury or illness. This can be a significant financial benefit for employees who are unable to work for an extended period of time.

Lifetime Disability and/or partial disability/compensation:

The DBA provides for lifetime disability and/or partial disability compensation for employees who are permanently or partially disabled as a result of their work injury. This can provide long-term financial security for employees and their families.

Payment for scheduled injuries

The DBA includes specific provisions for the payment of scheduled injuries, such as the loss of a limb. These payments are determined by a set schedule of benefits, rather than a determination of the employee's ability to work.

Vocational and Rehabilitation Services

The DBA provides for vocational and rehabilitation services to help employees who are unable to return to their previous job due to a work-related injury or illness. This can include job training, retraining, and other services to help employees return to the workforce.

Death Benefits

The DBA provides for death benefits to the employee's family if the employee dies as a result of a work accident. This can provide important financial support to families during a difficult time, and can help to ease the financial burden that often comes with a loved one's unexpected passing. 

We'll help you out

At Templer & Hirsch we have an ample amount of experience and want to help you go through the process. Going through an injury out of the country can be very stressful, and even more stressful if you're on your job. Our expertise allows us to help guide you through the options of returning to work or settling. Contact us so we can help you.

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