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What Benefits Does the Defense Base Act Provide?


The Defense Base Act (DBA) offers contractors and subcontractors who are working under a U.S. government contract to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Whether you are stationed overseas or working on a U.S. military base, being injured on the job can be a stressful situation. Filing a DBA claim is complicated, however, with the help of a DBA attorney, you may be entitled to the following benefits.

Types of DBA Benefits

The Defense Base Act provides both disability and medical benefits forcovered government contractors and employees should an injury occur during the course of their employment. The Defense Base Act allows injured individuals to choose a physician of their choice. The following are some of the most common benefits in a DBA claim.

  • Medical Treatments
  • Permanent Disability Benefits
  • Death Benefits for Spouses/Children
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Compensation for Partial Loss of Earnings

Benefits for PTSD and other Psychological Issues

It’s not uncommon for contractors working in military zones to be confronted with life-threatening situations, and as a result, many develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Filing a DBA claim for PTSD can be tricky. For Defense Base Act claims involving PTSD, having an experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference in the success of your claim.

Signs of PTSD may include:

  • Nightmares and flashbacks of a traumatic event
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Unable to relax, always on edge
  • Hypervigilance

How to File a DBA Claim

The first step in filing a Defense Base Act claim is to consult a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Getting through healing from your injury will be stressful enough — and filing a DBA claim on your own will not only be a daunting task, but you’ll also leave yourself open to make mistakes without fully understanding how the DBA process works.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with filing a Defense Base Act claim, we can help. As a workers’ compensation law firm, we are proud to be able to represent injured contract employees of the government in San Antonio as well as throughout the United States. Contact The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC today at (210) 807-3178 for more information about how we can help you get the benefits you deserve.

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