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West Palm Beach, Florida Defense Base Act Injury Lawyer

The Defense Base Act is a Federal program that gives workers’ compensation benefits to non-military employees who are hurt while working at United States Military bases overseas. The benefits help hurt employees pay for medical bills and get paid lost wages while not working. Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. are experienced Defense Base Act attorneys and can help you if you are a non-military employee who has been hurt at an overseas United States Military base. “Overseas” means that the United States Military base is not located in any of the fifty States. It doesn’t matter which branch of the United States Military you work for⎯Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps. Our West Palm Beach, Florida office is located at Okeechobee Boulevard and Interstate 95, near City Place.

Because the Defense Base Act is for employees hurt overseas, you don’t have to live in Florida or even be a United States citizen for the Defense Base Act to apply to you. Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. are able to help you regardless of your nationality. You can get workers’ compensation benefits as long as you are a non-military employee who has been hurt while working for the United States Government or its troops overseas. If you need a translator to help out in your consultation with us, please let us know and we will find a translator for you. We also have free telephone consultations.

Below are a few examples of injury situations that are usually covered by the Defense Base Act:

  1. If you are hurt while working for a private employer at an overseas United States Military base or on any overseas land used by the United States for military purposes.

  2. If you are hurt while doing work connected to a public works contract with any United States Government agency. Such public works contracts include construction contracts and service contracts dealing with national defense and wartime activities performed overseas.

  3. If you are hurt while doing work overseas connected to a contract that has been approved and funded by the United States under the Foreign Assistance Act. The Foreign Assistance Act relates to cash sales of military equipment, materials and services to allies of the United States Government.

  4. If you are hurt while doing work for an American employer who gives overseas public welfare services on behalf of the United States Military. Some examples of public welfare organizations include the United Service Organizations, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army.

  5. If you are hurt as an employee of any subcontractor working for a contractor in any of the above situations.

A total of 465 deaths were reported under the Defense Base Act last year, with over 80% happening in Afghanistan. Because of the unfortunately high number of deaths, the Defense Base Act also applies to certain surviving family members of covered employees who have died during their employment. Dependent spouses and/or children may be able to get compensation for certain death benefits under the Defense Base Act. If your spouse or parent has died or you have been hurt, please file Form LS-201, Notice of Employee’s Injury or Death (please carefully follow the instructions on the form), with the employer as soon as possible after the date of injury or death. Defense Base Act claims are very time-sensitive. You can also call Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. at any time to talk about your legal rights and options.

If you have a question about a Defense Base Act claim, please call Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida at (561) 835-0655 today. If you think you have a case, you can fill out our online CONTACT US form and email it to our office. We accept all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we never charge you any fees or costs unless we get monies from the defendants or their insurance companies. Also, our consultations are always free. We look forward to your call and to helping you.

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