Defense Base Act (DBA)

The Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act (DBA) is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Like the Longshore Act, the DBA provides workers’ compensation protection and medical treatment to civilian employees working outside the United States on US military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense.

A Defense Base Act Attorney can help facilitate that these benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer; or through an authorized insurance carrier; or, in particular circumstances, by a special fund administered directly by the U.S. Department of Labor

The LHWCA is administered by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) of the DOL.

Generally, an injured worker is entitled to disability benefits (in most cases 2/3 of their Average Weekly Wage) and is allowed access to medical treatment while they recover from the injury. The amount of benefits owed, the scope of the medical treatment to be provided, and the overall value of the claim/injury are all important issues that should be distilled down by a knowledgeable attorney well versed in the DBA.