What is the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act (DBA) provides workers’ compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States on US military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense. – United States Department of Labor

What does a Lump Settlement mean for me?

In a Defense Base Act claim, the injured employee will receive indemnity and medical benefits. Indemnity benefits are paid bimonthly and are continued based on disability. Medical benefits will cover necessary treatment along the way. This is the ideal description of a Defense Base Act claim.

Learn More

What can the DBA do for a contract interpreter?

America’s global mission to promote democracy and ensure security and prosperity is one performed with the assistance of vital personnel – contract interpreters that aid communication and bridge the gap between American and foreign cultures.

Learn More

What can the DBA do for someone with PTSD?

PTSD is a serious condition prevalent among service personnel and overseas contract workers alike. The psychological impact of a stressful environment or traumatic event can have chronic effects on individuals and their family and friends.

Learn More

Call Barnes Law Firm Today!

Our team is dedicated to our clients. We will make sure that you are taken care of in every aspect of your proceedings. No matter what, we are here to help you. Call our team today and schedule a consult for a free evaluation of your legal options.

Contact Us

National Defense Base Act Lawyer Helping Clients Across the United States

Civilian contractors serve companies with government contracts around the world, furthering the mission of the U.S. government, protecting its interests, and building and securing its embassies.

Are you one of these employees? Have you sustained an on-the-job injury such as a concussion in a serious accident? Has hostile enemy fire caused you to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)? You have rights that must be protected — and can be, under the federal law known as the Defense Base Act.

If you suffered a civilian injury to the head, neck and/or back on a military base where U.S. forces are stationed, contact Thomas Barnes, the skilled Texas lawyer with over 20 years experience and committed to achieving justice for you and all injured persons. Contact our law firm for guidance through your claims.

No attorney fees will be charged to the clients. The fees will be separate and apart from the client’s recovery and paid by the insurance carrier directly.

An Advocate On Your Side

Our Defense Base Act practice is unique and national in scope, tailored to your specific legal needs and dedicated to obtaining the maximum financial compensation you deserve. In every personal injury claim we handle, Barnes Law Firm brings a team effort to your side — thorough investigation, skillful negotiation and, if necessary, aggressive litigation in courts of law. When your case has concluded, you will know that your rights have been protected.

As your claimant attorney, Thomas Barnes safeguards your interests after any serious or catastrophic injury caused by an accident, as well as wrongful death. We work hard to assist Defense Base Act claimants and their families with the filing of claims and prompt receipt of appropriate workers’ compensation benefits called for under the Defense Base Act.

Defense Base Act Injuries

Working contracts overseas for the government or the military can be extremely dangerous. As a civilian contractor conducting business overseas for the United States, you and your family have specific rights under a statute called the Defense Base Act (DBA).

This act is specifically catered to protect those who are injured while assisting our government and/or military throughout the world. If you have been hurt on a government job or have tragically lost a loved one overseas while he or she was completing a military contract, our law office can help. Contact our Houston-based lawyers at Barnes Law Firm, LLP for skilled guidance. We serve clients throughout the United States and abroad.

Experienced Claimant Attorney Protects Rights of Civilians Injured Overseas

Contact Barnes Law Firm in Houston immediately if you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in an accident while employed by a company such as Halliburton, Bechtel, DynCorp, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in any country featuring a U.S. military or government presence such as:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russia
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Panama
  • Turkey
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • Guam
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina

For Longshore and Defense Base Act claims, Barnes Law Firm receives attorney fees directly from the insurance carrier and not from the client’s recovery. This means that any injured worker hurt in a situation covered by the Defense Base Act can afford to retain experienced, effective representation as supplied by Barnes Law Firm.

Assistance Through Defense Base Act Injuries and Fatal Accidents

If you have suffered a serious injury while working a government contract anywhere in the world, we can help. Our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience guiding individuals to compensation through the Defense Base Act for all types of injuries, including:

  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Head and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Burns
  • Limb loss
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

We also help family members of those who have lost their lives overseas while working on a military contract. If you have lost a loved one, you have rights that need to be protected. While we understand no amount of money can ease your emotional pain, we strive to ensure your financial difficulties are minimized so you can focus on healing your family.

Texas DBA Claims Lawyer Fighting for You

Despite this presumption and the noble goal of the DBA, insurers regularly deny claims made by civilian contractors. At Barnes Law Firm, we have helped numerous clients obtain the benefits they need and secure additional settlements against insurance companies that wrongfully denied claims. Our clients work for a variety of companies such as:

  • DynCorp
  • Halliburton
  • Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)
  • Bechtel

Consult With Our National Law Firm Regarding Your DBA Claims

No matter where in the world your government contract took place, our Houston-based attorneys can help you. We will explain whether or not your injury falls under the parameters of the Defense Base Act and help you obtain compensation so you can move forward with your life. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and evaluation of your DBA accident or injury. You can call us toll free at (888) 661-4002 or locally at (713) 652-4002. Se habla español