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Defense Base Act Attorneys Explain the Process


​If you are or a loved one is a civilian who was injured while working for a company that performs overseas operations for the U.S. Department of Defense, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA). The Defense Base Act (42 U.S. Code § 1651) gives civilian employees workers’ compensation protection when they work (1) on United States military bases outside the country or (2) under a contract with our government for public works or national defense.

An experienced DBA attorney can advise you as to whether you are entitled to compensation and medical benefits, and help you through the process of obtaining relief.  Our attorneys are available to assist you 24/7 regarding your potential DBA claim. Contact us for a free consultation.

​Who is Covered by the Defense Base Act?

​Congress initially adopted the DBA in 1941 in order to cover workers stationed on military bases outside the United States, all over the world.  A number of subsequent amendments increased the DBA’s protections, such that it now covers the employees of civilian contractors who complete or further missions that were historically the responsibility of the military. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Employees of private entities on U.S. military bases or lands used by our government for military purposes
  • Employees under public work contracts with any U.S. government agency, including contracts related to national defense or war operations
  • Employees under Foreign Assistance Act contracts approved and funded by the U.S. government
  • Employees of U.S. companies providing welfare or related services for the benefit of the military
  • Employees of subcontractors on a contract for any of the above projects
  • Employees of American contractors performing public works at a military base in a U.S. territory outside the continent in support of military assistance programs within allied nations

​Some of the companies that hire civilian employees to perform operations for the U.S. Department of Defense are:

  • Blackwater
  • Halliburton
  • Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR)
  • Bechtel
  • Dyncorp
  • CACI
  • Service Employees International
  • Fluor
  • Global Linguist Solutions
  • DRS Technologies
  • Triple Canopy
  • SCI

​Benefits Under the DBA

Under the DBA, you may be entitled to the following:

  • Medical treatment
  • Loss of earnings
  • Disability compensation
  • Death benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation

We urge you to contact us by calling toll free at 877-448-8585 or contacting us online.  All consultations are free and confidential.  Our DBA injury lawyers can communicate with you in English, Spanish and Creole.

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