Many companies here in Louisiana and elsewhere in the country have government contracts. If your employer is one of them, you may find that you have the opportunity to work and live in another country. When you do, you may wonder what happens if you suffer a work-related injury. Instead of applying for workers' compensation benefits, you would look to the Defense Base Act.
Louisiana dockworkers, oil rig workers and others may not realize that the amount of compensation varies that they can obtain for injuries suffered on the job. Each year, the U.S. Department of Labor must make adjustments to the benefits available under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. These changes are made in order to ensure that those receiving compensation under the act obtain an amount that they can actually live on.