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Defense Base Act Attorney Corpus Christi

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Government Contractors

Thousands of American citizens are currently working on projects in Iraq or surrounding countries in the Middle East, completing reconstruction of the region’s damaged infrastructure or assisting the military. The dangerous nature of these missions frequently puts these civilians at risk for on-the-job accidents and serious injuries. Non-military personnel have the right to federal workers’ compensation under an extension of United States labor laws called the Defense Base Act. To learn more about the Defense Base Act, contact attorney Scott Nelson in Corpus Christi. He would be happy to explain the benefits extended to government contractors and help you pursue legal action for a claim that has been incorrectly handled.

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What is the Defense Base Act?

According to federal labor laws, U.S. citizens working overseas for a government contractor who become injured or ill on the job may file for workers’ compensation benefits under the Defense Base Act. This Act covers “workers of private employers on U.S. military bases or other lands used by the U.S. for military purposes outside of the United States,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs – Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation.

The Defense Base Act extends medical, disability, and death benefits to government contractors seriously injured or killed during their employment. These benefits are extended to workers regardless of whose fault the injury is. The amount of compensation that you receive will depend on several factors, including whether or not you are able to work after the injury. The provisions of the Defense Base Act are almost identical to those of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

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What if I’m injured while working for a US government contractor?

If you are injured while working for a government contractor, you should immediately seek medical treatment. You should also report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. You will need to complete an injury report and submit specific forms to the Office of Workers’ Compensation at the Department of Labor.

You should also contact Defense Base Act attorney Scott Nelson in Corpus Christi to discuss your legal rights. With him on your side, you’ll have the best chances of obtaining the proper compensation that you deserve. Often, individuals find themselves settling for an amount that is less than what they truly deserve, because they didn’t have an experienced attorney working for them.

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How can an attorney help?

Defense Base Act attorney Scott Nelson represents injured workers who have not received benefits to which they are entitled because their claim is being contested – or their benefits are delivered late or in an incorrect amount. Mr. Nelson also provides representation to injured workers who have requested legal advice prior to signing any documents or accepting any settlements based on their claim. His knowledge of the Defense Base Act is advantageous when negotiating the benefits to which you are owed.

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Contact our Defense Base Act Attorney

If you or a loved one is injured overseas while working for a government contractor, you have the right to workers’ compensation benefits under the Defense Base Act. Contact attorney Scott Nelson, serving Corpus Christi, Galveston, Laredo, and other Texas areas, to schedule a consultation.

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