At least 500,000 workers are protected under the Longshore and harbor workers compensation Act (LHWCA) if they are injured or contract occupational diseases while in the U.S. navigable waters and adjoining areas. Worldwide, the Defense Base Act give worker compensation coverage to civilian employees outside the U.S. on military bases or under contract with the U.S. government. When negotiating claims issues, you may want to start with a search for a Defense Base Act attorney.
Finding a DBA attorney with previous experience, can make the difference in a favorable finding or having to deal with lost earnings. Maritime claims of this nature also cover the cabotage, or coastal shipping, guidelines under the Jones Act. You can start your search online to find a well recommended and reviewed Defense base act attorney. Previous clients can provide insight into their cases and what settlement you might be able to achieve. These reviews may also provide information about the length of time and steps taken to settle their maritime claims.
As you narrow down your selection for a DBA attorney, you can begin to consult with your top few. They will be able to look at the circumstances around your case and provide a proposed course of action. Speaking with them early can be critical, as the current minimum replacement wage is above 300 dollars for claimants.
Definitely keep track of all paperwork and documentation in preparation for any attorney consultation. They will better be able to outline the process and timeline when you can provide extensive paperwork. This will also be the best time to discuss any potential fees with them, prior to hiring your Dba attorney. You can avoid any surprises later by locking down your expectations in regard to their consultation. With some preliminary research into the best attorney, hopefully, your maritime claims can be settled as quickly as possible and with minimal impact to your position.