Non-Scheduled Injury Claims Under The Defense Base Act
The Defense Base Act (DBA) is a critical piece of legislation that provides workers’ compensation benefits to individuals who suffer injuries while employed on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government outside the United States. One of the injuries covered specifically under this act is non-scheduled injuries. For employees injured while working overseas, understanding how non-scheduled injuries affect your compensation is crucial to navigating the claims process effectively and maximizing the benefits you may be entitled to.
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What Is A Non-Scheduled Injury?
A non-scheduled injury does not fall into a predefined category or list associated with specific jobs or occupations under workers’ comp. These injuries can arise from various causes, such as illness, work-related accidents, occupational diseases, or other forms of trauma.
Types Of Unscheduled Injuries Covered Under The DBA
Non-scheduled injuries are not specific to any occupation or job and can vary significantly. Some examples of non-scheduled injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hearing loss or tinnitus
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia
- Respiratory illnesses due to exposure to hazardous materials
- Mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, related to work-related events
- Severe burns or disfigurement
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Other non-scheduled injuries may also qualify for compensation under the Defense Base Act, depending on the circumstances of the individual case.
Workers’ Compensation For Non-Scheduled Injury Claims
Employers are responsible for providing workers’ compensation insurance to anyone injured in a work-related accident under the DBA. Non-scheduled injury claims involve a permanent disability that does not fit into traditional categories.
Unlike scheduled injuries with predetermined compensation amounts based on specific body parts or impairments, non-scheduled injuries do not have a fixed compensation rate.
Instead, the courts determine compensation on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as:
- The extent of the injury
- The impact on the individual’s ability to work
- Any long-term effects or limitations resulting from the injury
- Recovery time
- If surgery is needed
These are just some examples. To receive benefits, the employee must file a claim, submit medical records, and provide evidence of their disability rating. They also have the right to appeal the decision if the claim is denied.
Maximize Your Compensation For Non-Scheduled Injury Claims Under The Defense Base Act
Navigating the complex claims process and obtaining fair compensation requires the assistance of an experienced DBA attorney.
With the guidance of Grossman Attorneys at Law, you can be assured that your unscheduled injury claim will be handled by professional DBA lawyers who understand the legal complexities involved in securing the maximum benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate on your defense base act and longshore claim lawsuit.