Defense Base Act
Defense Base Act claims raise many unique legal and factual issues that require both specialized legal representation and claims administration. Our Defense Base Act (DBA) Department attorneys possess the experience to handle all aspects of investigating and defending these types of claims worldwide.
The Defense Base Act was created in 1941 to provide compensation for U.S. civilian contractors injured while serving the U.S. military or government overseas. According to the DBA, coverage is provided to employees working outside the United States by contractors and subcontractors of the federal government. Specifically, the DBA applies to work performed for private employers on U.S. military bases or on any land used by the U.S. for military purposes outside of the United States (including those in the U.S. Territories and Possessions). This includes work on public works contracts with any U.S. government agency, including construction and service contracts, in connection with national defense, or war activities outside the United States; work on contracts approved or funded by the U.S. under the Foreign Assistance Act; and for work for American employers providing welfare or similar services outside the U.S. for the benefit of the Armed Services.
The DBA is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Act. Accordingly, our DBA Department attorneys are also expertly trained and experienced in handling claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Act, the Jones Act, the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act and the War Hazards Compensation Act.