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When a work-related injury leaves you with permanent disabilities, it is critical that you receive the benefits you need if your earning ability is impacted. People who suffer disabling injuries while working overseas should seek legal help with a DBA claim. 

All jobs come with the risk of possible accidents and injuries, and overseas defense jobs have their own particular risks. Whether an injury happens due to a fall, an explosion, violence, toxic exposure, or any other incident on the job, there is the potential for certain injuries to completely change your life. This is especially true of work injuries that result in a permanent disability or impairment. 

If you suffered a serious injury at work overseas, you should be able to recoup your current and future losses by seeking benefits provided under the Defense Base Act (DBA). DBA claims can become more complicated when claimants have lasting effects of their injuries, which might even prevent them from earning as much – or working at all – in the future. 

The following are some examples of disabling work injuries. To discuss your specific situation, contact our experienced DBA attorneys directly.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

There are many ways for defense contractors to suffer head trauma, including motor vehicle crashes, equipment accidents, falls, and more. Blows or jolts to your head can damage your brain tissue, and this is called a traumatic brain injury. Severe TBIs can result in a variety of permanent impairments, such as:

  • Cognitive impairments, including difficulty with information processing and communication
  • Physical and sensory impairments, such as lack of coordination and balance, slurred speech, vision problems, and more
  • Memory problems and frequent confusion
  • Behavioral issues, including lack of mood or impulse control

Some people who sustain severe TBIs might also be in a coma for an extended period of time. 

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Your spine connects your body to your brain, and if you sustain a complete spinal injury, those messages are cut off at the point of the trauma. This can mean permanent paralysis in your body below your injury. Not being able to walk – or possibly even move your arms – will have obvious effects on your life. 


An accident might sever a limb, extremity, or digit, or it might crush a body part to the point it cannot be repaired and might need to be surgically amputated. Both traumatic and surgical amputations will alter your life, and you will need to relearn everyday tasks without the use of the amputated body part. Prosthetics can also be costly, as they will need to be replaced during the course of your life.

Eye Injuries

We often take our vision for granted – that is until you suffer an eye injury that permanently impairs your vision. This can have devastating effects on your life, and you might not be able to drive or engage in your usual work or activities.

Seek Help from Our Trusted DBA Attorneys

At Mara Law Firm, we know that DBA claims involving permanent injuries are complex and challenging matters. You do not want to risk accepting a settlement that is less than you deserve for your permanent injuries and impairments. Instead, call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online to seek legal advice and assistance. 

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