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Who is Covered Under the Defense Base Act?


The Defense Base Act (DBA), allows contractors and subcontractors who are working under U.S. government contracts to receive workers’ compensation benefits for job-related injuries and illnesses. In the event of death, appropriate family members of the deceased worker are also entitled to compensation. While the DBA process is complicated, here are the eligibility requirements to receive compensation for your injuries under this act.

Who Can Recieve Coverage under the DBA?

Contractors who are working under a U.S. government contractor, whether overseas or on a U.S. military base, are eligible to receive this federally-mandated workers’ compensation. Civilians working under U.S. government contractors are covered under the Defense Base Act if they are categorized under the following types of employment activities.

  • Civilian workers under private employers on U.S. military bases or lands used by the U.S. for military purposes outside of the U.S., including U.S. territories.
  • Civilian workers that are working under construction and service contracts associated with national defense or war activities overseas.
  • Civilians working under contracts funded and approved by the U.S. under the Foreign Assistance Act.
  • Civilians working for American employers that provide welfare services outside of the U.S. in the interest of the armed forces. For example, the USO.

Common Types of Contractors Associated With DBA Contracts

Contractors and subcontractors may include, but are not limited to, the following occupations:

  • Medical Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Construction Workers
  • IT Technicians
  • Aviation Workers
  • Communication and Telecommunication Workers
  • Education Workers
  • Food Service Workers
  • Facilities Maintenance Workers
  • Custodial Workers

Why It’s Critical To Hire a Defense Base Act Lawyer

The process in filing a Defense Base Act claim is exceptionally complicated — especially for those who are not well-versed in DBA law. Not every workers’ compensation lawyer has experience with DBA claims, so it’s critical to hire an attorney that does. Having a Defense Base Act attorney to assist you with your claim can increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

If you’ve been injured while performing a job under a U.S. government contract, we can help no matter where you live in the U.S. The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC is a workers’ compensation law firm with extensive DBA experience and proudly represents eligible contract employees to receive the DBA benefits they deserve. Contact us today at (210) 807-3178 for more information on how we can assist you with your Defense Base Act insurance claim.

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