Compensable Defense Base Act Injuries Under War Hazards Compensation Act
The Defense Base Act provides benefits for any type of injury regardless of the cause – from simple slips-and-falls to injuries caused by the hazards of war (such as the actions of terrorists). The Defense Base Act also covers illnesses, such as the contraction of viruses such as Malaria.
However, The War Hazards Compensation Act provides for reimbursement to DBA insurers for Defense Base Act benefits paid to the injured worker that resulted from a “war-risk hazard.”
This is important to your Defense Base Act caser, because when there is potential War Hazards Compensation Act repayment, it can increase the insurance company’s valuation of your injury and/or improve its willingness to settle your claim.
In this article our experienced attorneys explain what a War-Risk Hazard is, and what injuries typically fall under the War Hazards Compensation Act.
Defense Base Act Cases: What is a War Hazard?
A war-risk hazard is any potentially injurious situation or act caused by a hostile force or person— such as an enemy or terrorist. It also includes any injurious situation resulting from the operation of aircraft or vessels in zones of hostilities.
Common war-risk hazards include (but are not limited to):
- Small Arms Fire
- Mortar Attacks
- Terrorist Attacks
- Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
- Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs)
- Running for Cover
- Aircraft or Vessel Mishaps in a Zone of Hostility
Defense Base Act Cases: What Are War-Risk Hazard Injuries?
Any injury that is compensable under the Defense Base Act is considered a war-risk hazard injury, if the injury was caused by a hostile force or person (enemy, terrorist, etc.) and/or occurred during an aircraft or vessel attack.
Common war-risk hazard injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Psychological Injuries from Exposure to War, including PTSD
- Injuries or Death from IED
- Injuries or Death from Gunshots
- Injuries or Death from Mortar Attack
- Slip-And-Fall Injuries during a Terrorist Attack or While Running for Cover
- Injuries or Death from Airplane Crashes
- Helicopter Blade Strikes
- Certain Injuries While Exiting an Aircraft
- Wounds and/or Broken Bones Suffered During Combat
- Many Other Injuries
Why Is It Important To Have a Defense Base Act Attorney?
Remember, when there is potential The War Hazards Compensation Act repayment, it can increase the DBA insurance company’s valuation of your injury and/or improve their willingness to settle your claim.
Hiring an experienced Defense Base Act Attorney who can knowledgably address and “prove” the War Hazards Compensation Act experience can help ensure you get the maximum Defense Base Act Benefits for which you qualify.
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