Q: As an overseas defense contractor, is my employer required to carry Defense Base Act coverage?
The Defense Base Act (DBA) was enacted to protect non-military employees who are working under contract for the U.S. government overseas. The DBA offers medical treatment, death benefits, disability payments, and vocational rehabilitation to wokers, including longshoremen and harbor workers, who are hurt on the job. Although agencies under contract with the United States government for work outside of the U.S. are required to carry DBA coverage, not all do.
Does Your Employer Offer Defense Base Act Coverage?
If it is discovered that your employer does not offer DBA coverage, they will be subject to harsh penalties, including:
- Fines and loss of contract. If your employer is found guilty of not offering the DBA coverage to you and other employees, he will likely face severe fines and lose his contract.
- Vulnerable to suits. Without DBA coverage, loved ones of those who are killed on the job are able to file suits against the employer directly. In fact, the claimants don’t even have to prove the employer was negligent in the accident that took their loved one’s life; they simply have to file a suit.
- Costly court fees. When an employer is taken to court for the accident, they can expect to pay high court fees, which is concerning and potentially devastating, especially since they are operating overseas.
Get the Justice You Deserve
When you are overseas working on behalf of our country, you deserve to be taken care in the event of an accident. If your employer fails to provide you with the protection you deserve, attorney Steve Lee may be able to get you justice. Contact us today to learn how we have helped Houston maritime employees receive the compensation they deserved, and how we may be able to help you, as well. Be sure to visit our testimonials page to see reviews from some of our valued clients.