The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act which covers civilian employees of U.S. defense contractors injured overseas, including war zones. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensations Act as extended by the Defense Base Act is a very generous nofault workers’ compensation system. It covers medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation. Civilian employees of defense contractors are usually well paid, which means their Defense Base Act injury claims can be quite valuable.
The Easley firm has handled thousands of cases under the Longshore Act and has expanded the rights of workers covered by the Longshore Act at the appellate level. If you, or anyone you know, has been injured while working overseas as a civilian employee of a U.S. defense contractor, please do not hesitate to call.