Workers are getting hurt on the job every day. Getting compensation for work related injuries can be timely and difficult and, for workers overseas, it is just about impossible. How are more Americans working overseas getting the compensation and benefits they deserve?
The Jones Act, or Section 27, mandates that U.S. trade goods travel by U.S. ships, from U.S. ports, and that these ships are manned by a crew of U.S. citizens. In other words, the act requires tradesmen and tradeswomen to work outside of the country. Similarly, military bases often require U.S. citizens to go international. The Defense Base Act defends U.S. workers on foreign bases, and any other U.S. employees working to defend the country under a U.S. contract. Overseas workers have just as many rights, and the first step to protecting rights is knowing that.
Reporting All Injuries ASAP
As recently as 2011, half of all department of defense members in Afghanistan and Iraq were contract workers. Even though there are a lot of contractors, and U.S. contractors and government workers overseas have just as many rights, they need to take extra care to report any and all injuries in a timely manner. Maritime claims, and other claims by workers overseas, need an distinct and accurate paper trail.
Hiring the Right DBA Attorney
Defense base act attorneys know all of the best tools. The Longshore and harbor workers compensation act, for example, supports overseas workers with 747 million dollars worth of vocational rehabilitation, medicinal, and monetary benefits. The DBA Act is also very beneficial to claimants as it gives plenty of compensation for legal and attorney fees. Hire an expert, and they will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Getting due compensation and benefits from work related injuries, especially for those working overseas, starts with a greater understanding, and promptly reporting injuries. From there, attorneys and The Longshore and harbor workers compensation Act help injured workers get the compensation and benefits they need.