Your Legal Right to Defense Base Act Compensation
The Defense Base Act is a Federal workers’ compensation program that covers persons employed at United States defense bases overseas. The DBA provides medical treatment and compensation to employees of defense contractors injured in the scope and course of employment.
All employers of workers who qualify for Defense Base Act coverage are required by federal law to provide workers compensation coverage for their employees. If an employer does not follow the DBA law and/or does not pay the amount in full, the injured employee (or their family in the event of death) can sue the employer for tort damages.
If a worker sues the employer for not providing the DBA coverage that is required by law, the company CANNOT claim that the worker “assumed the risk”. They also CANNOT deny a claim because of the negligence of another employee, or by claiming that the injured party was at fault (“contributory negligence”).
If the employer cannot cover the cost of the worker’s injury, they are in violation of Federal Law and are guilty of a misdemeanor. If found guilty, they can be charged up to $10,000, and/or up to a year in jail, or both.