Our Blog

Read about legislation, cases, law news on how our
work is helping our clients.

There are tens of thousands of defense contractors working in foreign countries in support of United States military personnel. While injuries might occur in nearly every job, some contractor positions are riskier than others. Fortunately, the Defense Base Act (DBA) provides coverage for people who are injured while working overseas in federal contracting positions. 

Where Injuries Happen

DBA claims come from contractors working around the world. However, the reality is that certain countries are more dangerous than others for U.S. contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs reported that the following were the top ten foreign countries for DBA claims in 2018:

  1. Afghanistan = 2,063 claims
  2. Iraq = 1,857 claims
  3. Kuwait = 465 claims
  4. Marshall Islands = 167 claims
  5. Germany = 60 claims
  6. Antarctica = 57 claims
  7. Qatar = 56 claims
  8. Republic of Korea = 41 claims
  9. Puerto Rico = 40 claims
  10. Djibouti = 38 claims

It is clear that, by far, Afghanistan and Iraq are the most dangerous countries for U.S. defense contractors. These are also the countries with the highest number of contractors in recent years, which means a significant number of people put their health and lives at risk for the benefit of the U.S. military. It is important to note that the number of DBA claims likely does not reflect the true number of people who suffered injuries, but it does give us an idea of where most injuries occur. 

It is likely not surprising to many people that Iraq and Afghanistan are dangerous places for U.S. contractors to work. However, when thinking of the third-most dangerous country, you might not have considered Kuwait. Kuwait partners with the United States to combat international terrorism in different ways, including the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, referred to as Operation Inherent Resolve. Kuwait is also home to a major U.S. military airport and several military bases. Anywhere there is a high defense presence, there will likely be injuries and illnesses to many contractors. 

Your DBA Claim

While it is critical to partner with international countries in our defense efforts, which means having defense contractors working overseas, it is inevitable that injuries will happen to some people on the job. The DBA allows qualified private workers in foreign countries to seek benefits for their work-related medical conditions, much like you would file a workers’ compensation claim for injuries in domestic jobs. 

If you were injured, you might be entitled to benefits for your medical expenses, lost income, and long-term disability. The claim process can be complicated, however, and insurance companies often challenge the validity of a claim or the severity of an injury. You are already dealing with your injuries, and you do not need the added stress of the claim process. Let our DBA attorneys assist you from start to finish. 

Contact Our DBA Attorneys for More Information

If you need assistance with a DBA claim or appeal, look no further than the DBA attorneys at the Mara Law Firm. Contact us online or call (619) 234-2833 for a free consultation today. 

  • I remember screaming at a dear friend of mine saying, “WHY WON’T THE INSURANCE COVER MY TREATMENT!” He said, “…because they know if they do it will increase your settlement.” I said, “WHAT SETTLEMENT! I JUST WANT TO GET TREATMENT! I DIDN’T ASK FOR A SETTLEMENT!” Somewhere I found out that for some insurance companies they are more concerned with protecting their money. This means you are thinking about treatment and getting better while they are thinking about money. Get someone that is on your side that will fight for you. They fought for me…and won.

    Mara Law Firm ClientSan Francisco

  • He represented myself and many old CO-workers. They were very professional & I’d recommend them to anyone. Great Lawyers for the forgotten working man.

    ScottSan Francisco

  • I would definitely recommend David and really appreciated all the hard work he contributed. David really went the extra mile to help his customers. We were very happy and satisfied with his services. Thank you David!

    Mara Law Firm ClientSan Francisco

  • Mr. Mara was a pleasure to work with. He kept me in the loop. Can’t say enough how good it feels to have someone fighting for you, giving you a voice.

    AlbertSan Francisco

  • I was blown away by the results my case got. It far exceeded my expectations. Not only do you get someone who is a great professional; but he will fight for what you deserve. I was uncertain in the beginning; now I’m a believer. Mr. Mara is also personable. Lisa his paralegal was tremendous throughout the whole process. She would keep me updated on the whole process. Don’t cheat yourself by using anyone else; you will be taken care of the right way if you choose Dave

    Jerome HarrisSan Francisco

  • Mr. Mara and his firm helped me file a claim for death benefits on behalf of my late husband. I was very pleased with his knowledge, research, and representation regarding my DBA claim for death benefits. I would absolutely recommend him and its associates to my friends, family, and others needing an attorney who specializes in employment, personal injury, and death benefits. Mr. Mara was very compassionate, timely, and responsive to my family’s needs. I can’t thank him enough.

    Sally A ChandSan Francisco

  • Dave Mara  did an outstanding job on my DBA case. Dave I personally want to thank you for guiding me in the right direction and having a successful case outcome. God bless you for all the effort you put into my DBA case. Words can’t describe how thankful I am. Thank you for helping injured over seas contractors.

    Jim Joned San Francisco

  • Mr. Mara and his staff were very professional and I would highly recommend Mr. Mara. Mr. Mara had my best interests in settling my case and I am very appreciative of all he and his staff did for me. If I ever needed help or had simple questions, Mr. Mara and his staff were always available to take my calls and help me. Highly recommend this firm!

    DebSan Francisco

  • Dave Mara  comes with a very high recommendation. He took a workmans compensation case for me and really handled it well. It was an unclear case, and a new issue that the WC most likely had never seen. He kept me up to date with the long confusing process and was very understanding and sympathetic to my plight( I was the victim of a violent crime). Dave has no big lawyer shenanigans and dramatic posing, he is a down to earth, fair , honest hard working lawyer who really does not seem like an an attorney at all. I recommend anyone in the SD area to consult with Dave it was a painless process.

    Linda DSan Francisco

View All Testimonials

Request your confidential & free case consultation

If you are in need of employment litigation attorney in California or have been injured overseas while under a military contract and are in need of a defense base act attorney. Please fill out the form below and contact us immediately for a FREE consultation.

    all fields are required*