Working in any industry comes with certain risks for injury -- there's no way around it. The difference from industry to industry is often the severity of common injuries, how long it takes to recover from them and what lasting effects sufferers could endure. For instance, civilian contractors from Louisiana who work on military installations across the globe could suffer from one or more effects caused by a spinal cord injury.
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.
Many Louisiana residents want to see the world. One way to do that is to work for a company that provides you with the opportunity to travel. Perhaps you ended up working for the Armed Forces or another federal agency in a foreign country, a U.S. territory or a U.S. possession. While there, you suffered injuries. You may wonder whether you could receive benefits through the Defense Base Act.
Getting injured on the job is never the ideal situation. For anyone. Then, when your employment situation has a lot of different levels, things starts to get complicated very fast. You're working in a government area and those are the people who supervise your work, but your paycheck comes from the agency that contacted you about the job.
In a previous post, we examined employee and employer responsibilities under the Defense Base Act.
The Defense Base Act is a federal workers' compensation insurance program that covers employees who work overseas for U.S. government contractors and subcontractors.
The Defense Base Act sounds mysterious and complicated. In reality, the DBA is a workers' compensation program that covers employees who work overseas for U.S. government contractors and subcontractors.