Under the Defense Base Act, contractors who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for benefits whether you are a U.S. Citizen, or not:
- Workers employed for a private employer on any land the United States utilizes for military purposes or foreign U.S. military bases.
- Workers who work overseas on a public works contract for any U.S. federal agency that is included in war activities or national defense activities.
- Workers who work abroad under a United State Government approved and funded contract. This includes, but is not specifically limited to, military related services.
- Individuals who perform work on behalf of the USO or any other organization or business entity that provides welfare and moral support to the military overseas.
It is also important to note that in zones of hostility, such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Syria, and others, you have 24-hour DBA coverage. This means that nearly all injuries are covered under the Defense Base Act while contractors are working in these areas. For instance, injuries sustained in the gym, injuries sustained in the living quarters or riding a bicycle, are all covered by the DBA. Workers injured in Kuwait, Qatar and on all other military bases are also eligible for DBA benefits.
I have represented injured workers of all types, including:
- Personal security specialists.
- Static security guards.
- Canine dog handlers.
- HVAC engineers.
- Helicopter pilots.
- Aircraft mechanics.
- Avionics mechanics.
- Linguists and interpreters.
- Fire fighters.
- Truck drivers.
- Vehicle mechanics.
- Administrative personnel.
- Program managers.
- Police trainers.
- Intelligence supports specialists.
- Flight medics.
- CSAR medics.
- Heavy equipment operators.
- Supply personnel.
- Food service workers.