Dropping the DBA ball
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 18, 2009
In a recent story on injured contractors by ProPublica,
This Miranda Chiu,
Miranda Chiu, U.S. Dept. of Labor,
Chief, Branch of Policy,Regulations and Procedures,
Is quoted as saying:
“The problem that we see a lot is where injuries occur overseasthe knee-jerk reaction is the insurance company says, ‘I can’t pay right now. I don’t have documentation,’ ”
said Miranda Chiu, Labor’s director of policy for Defense Base Act claims.
“They drop the ball.”
Editors Note: All DBA injuries occur overseas unless they are on the way to or from the overseas jobsite
Now according to the Defense Base Act:
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division
of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation, administers the Defense Base Act, ensuring that workers’ compensation benefits are provided for covered employees promptly and correctly.
How much blood on the ground does it take to get documentation?
The employer and the injured contractor have specific time limits, like 10 days, on the time they get to provide the proper documents. All of the paperwork goes through the DoL.
AIG and CNA couldn’t get away with “dropping the ball” as a matter of rule if the Department of Labor was anywhere near the park.