What Is the Defense Base Act (DBA)?

Enacted back in 1941, the Defense Base Act (DBA) protects American civilians and contractors who worked for the U.S. military or government overseas, offering them a legal recourse for any injuries they sustain. A form of workers’ compensation — and an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act — DBA insurance serves a crucial role in protecting citizens abroad.

If you were injured while working outside of the United States, our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Herbert Chestnut & Associates are ready and willing to help. With decades of experience standing up to insurance companies, we can help you navigate any issues that come up with your DBA injury claim.

Defining Eligibility for DBA Claims

Prior to the passing of the Defense Base Act in the middle of World War II, American defense contractors and other individuals who worked on military bases had little to no protection from serious injuries. In spite of risking their lives alongside active military members, these contractors had no ability to request long-term or permanent disability benefits.

Although the DBA was first created to protect contractors who worked on bases, the legislation would eventually be expanded to include other groups, starting in 1954. From public works contractors to welfare organizations to United Service Organization (USO) contracts, many more people would come to be covered under this groundbreaking law, regardless of whether they worked on a military base.

What Does the Defense Base Act Cover?

Today, whether you’re a foreign national working as a contractor or a full U.S. citizen working for a private employer, you may be entitled to DBA benefits — provided that your injuries were sustained on the job. Much like domestic workers’ compensation cases, a DBA claim can cover many different kinds of injuries, from minor trip-and-fall claims all the way to fatalities.

If you or a loved one was injured while working with the American government abroad, chances are good that you are eligible for filing a DBA claim. With more than 37 years of advocacy and a 3-time win for the Workers’ Comp Attorney of the Year award, our Cobb County team can fight on your behalf, and seek the benefits you need.

Call 770-285-5542 today for more information!