Practice Areas

Defense Base Act

As the country’s use of military forces augmented by non-uniformed personnel rises, the importance of long-standing legislation enacted to protect those contractors put in harm’s way has dramatically increased.  The federal Defense Base Act requires all contractors and subcontractors to insure their employees for injuries suffered while working under U.S. government contracts or on U.S. military bases overseas.  Skarzynski Marick’s Defense Base Act group has deep experience in these unique insurance policies.
Giving rise to numerous, complex claims that require both specialized legal representation and claims administration, our team defends international and domestic government contractors and their insurers throughout the nation before the United States Department of Labor’s judicial and administrative tribunals.  Our attorneys understand the practical application of the Defense Base Act and work closely with claims adjusters to ensure insurer compliance with the mandated claims handling procedures.  In addition, we help domestic and foreign employers, engaged in business with the United States government, with contractual, regulatory and compliance issues regarding the Act.
Even when there is a covered claim, the complex issues may not end.  Oftentimes there may be recovery from the government for War Hazard claims involving catastrophic injury, death and enemy detention of contractor employees.  We aggressively and efficiently handle both the insured claim and the War Hazard recovery process.