Tips for Maximizing the Value of Your Defense Base Act (DBA) Claim
When you are injured while working on a military base or another government-contracted facility, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA).
The DBA is a federal law that provides coverage for civilian employees who are injured while working on contracts with the United States government.
To maximize the value of your DBA claim, there are a few things you can do:
1. Record All Injuries
Be sure to keep a record of all injuries, no matter how minor they may seem. This is because your compensation will be based on the extent of your injuries.
2. Seek Medical Treatment Promptly
Your medical records will be used to determine the extent of your injuries and how much compensation you should receive. It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after sustaining an injury. This will ensure that your injuries are well documented.
3. Keep Detailed Records
In addition to keeping records of your injuries, you should also keep detailed records of your work and the conditions under which you were injured. This information will be used to support your claim.
4. Cooperate with Your Employer
Your employer is required to cooperate with the DBA claims process. Be sure to provide your employer with any information they request and attend any meetings or interviews they schedule.
5. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
It is important that you follow your doctor’s orders after sustaining an injury. This includes taking time off from work to recover and attending all scheduled appointments.
6. Hire an Attorney
The DBA claims process can be complicated. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled.
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7. Seek Vocational Rehabilitation
If your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous job, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation. This benefit can help you receive training for a new job or start your own business.
8. Attend All Hearings
If your claim is disputed, you may be required to attend a hearing. Be sure to attend all hearings and provide any requested information.
9. Keep a Positive Attitude
It is important to maintain a positive attitude throughout the DBA claims process. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
10. Seek Help if You Need It
If you have difficulty dealing with your injuries or the DBA claims process, seek counseling or other support services. There are many resources available to help you through this difficult time.
By following these tips, you can maximize the value of your DBA claim and get the compensation you deserve.