Defense Base Act Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL
Whether it is for love of family or country, thousands of Americans risk losing their lives and limbs each year to work in other countries for the military or for private contractors. In 2012, statistics pegged almost three hundred deaths of civilian contractors in the Middle East, not counting military casualties.
The Defense Base Act
In August 1941, the Defense Base Act (DBA) was enacted to provide protection, medical treatment, and compensation to injured workers and death benefits to: dependent survivors of injured workers; government contractors; and those working on military bases in the United States and overseas. These include physical and mental injuries and temporary and permanent disabilities.
Who is covered by the Defense Base Act
Those covered by the DBA are the following:
- An employee working on a military base outside the United States.
- An employee on government-funded business outside the United States.
- An employee on contract with another government, deemed necessary to U.S. National Security.
- Overseas civilian workers on government contracts, covering US or foreign nationals.
The DBA covers injuries and deaths that are the result of the course of employment. It is important to know that even if the injury or death did not happen in the workplace, it still may be covered under the “Zone of Special Danger” doctrine. Countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan perpetually fall under the said zone of danger.