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Defense Base Act Lawyers

Workers, often called contractors, working for United States-based companies operating under contract to the State or Defense Department outside the United States — in Europe, the Middle East (Iraq, Afghanistan), Africa, Asia or Latin America — are covered under the Defense Base Act. If an injury occurs in the course of combat operations, the injured worker is eligible for compensation under the War Hazards Compensation Act. These legislative provisions provide for financial compensation to cover the costs associated with injuries incurred while working on contracts with the Armed Forces outside of the United States.

At the Law Offices of Richard Mark Baker, we can help you through the process of obtaining compensation for injuries incurred while working outside of the U.S. It is a complicated process, requiring experience and legal knowledge. Our Long Beach Defense Base Act attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience helping injured workers in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. We are well versed in the Defense Base Act and the War Hazards Compensation Act. We can protect your interests and make sure you obtain the compensation you need.

The Defense Base Act was established in 1941. Its primary impact is protecting workers and contractors working on military bases outside of the United States. The Defense Base Act covers a wide range of workers outside of the United States, including:

  • Employees of private employers working on U.S. military bases and lands being used for military purposes outside of the United States
  • Public workers contracted to work for any government agency, including construction and service contracts regarding national defense or war activities outside of the United States
  • Contractors under the Foreign Assistance Act
  • Welfare and other service workers for the Armed Services

If you are an employee or a subcontractor involved in any of the work outlined above outside of the United States, you are covered under the Defense Base Act.

Even if you are not sure whether you are covered, contact us if you have been injured. We offer free consultations so you can find out what avenues of compensation and other resources might be available to you.

War Hazards Compensation Act

Generally, the Defense Base Act will cover people who have been harmed in the normal course of employment on government jobs outside of the continental United States. If combat breaks out and these workers are injured as a result, they are covered by the War Hazards Compensation Act, which basically applies the provisions of the Defense Base Act to combat-related injuries.

Our office has experience representing those injured while working as translators, security officers, firefighters and support staff in Iraq and Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East.

If you have a Defense base, or War Hazards Compensation Act Claim, you probably have a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Defense Base Act Lawyer

We offer free initial consultations. If you believe you have suffered an injury working with the Armed Forces outside of the United States, you can set up a consultation with one of our lawyers to learn about your legal options, your rights and your responsibilities. Call 562-628-9400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer from our firm.

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