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What Is The Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act Explained

The Defense Base Act is a federal law protecting overseas contractors and subcontractors. It is a workers’ compensation program providing various benefits to those injured while working under a United States government contract. It is applicable to both American citizens as well as foreign employees working outside U.S. borders. The law covers many different injuries, both physical and mental. All those protected under the program are entitled to a range of support following injury, including medical care, psychological aid, lost wages, and, in some cases, permanent disability.

Defense Base Act

What is DBA Law?

The Defense Base Act is a federal workers’ compensation program available to workers injured working overseas for United States department of defense contractors. Read More

What Qualifies for DBA Injury

The Defense Base Act (DBA) is a workers’ compensation system for employees of U.S. contractors working overseas on various military bases, Department of Defense… Read More

Defense Base Act Lawyers

Not every lawyer is an expert on every kind of law.  While there are those who engage in a general practice, most lawyers find a few areas of law to emphasize… Read More

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About Our Firm

Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A. are personal injury attorneys specializing in Defense Base Act claims. The Defense Base Act provides workers’ compensation benefits (medical care and payment of lost wages) 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. All across the globe, the United States has embassies, military bases, and other developments, and the U. S. military currently has men and women in service in countries that include Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, Diego Garcia, Guam, Panama, Korea, Turkey, and many others. Having such a presence overseas requires a large amount of private contractors hired by the government to help with construction, road work, and most support needs. All of these civilian contractors hired by the government are at risk of on-the-job injuries, and when these contractors get hurt, that is when a Defense Base Act attorney is needed.


With over 50 years of combined experience practicing DBA law, the 7 attorneys of Barnett, Lerner, Karsen & Frankel, P.A. will fight to protect you in the event you have been injured overseas. When dealing with a Defense Base Act claim, you need an expert to guide you through the process and ensure your rights are protected. We have handled a variety of injuries including post traumatic stress disorder, gun shot wounds, head injuries, back injuries, and many more. Our firm has a number of DBA attorneys that will assure you are awarded proper workers’ compensation benefits due under the Defense Base Act. Please contact our firm today for a free consultation if you believe you have a Defense Base Act claim.

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