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The Defense Base Act (DBA) provides workers’ compensation protection 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. – United States Department of Labor


As a result of serving our country, you are entitled to a lump sum settlement in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you’re filing a DBA claim, our lawyers can give you guidance about what settlement option to choose for your case.


Personal Security Specialists provide indispensable protection to their clients in high-risk environments. When PSS personnel are injured in the line of duty or during training exercises, we are ready to ensure that their claims are guarded from insurance carrier games and denials.


PTSD is a serious condition prevalent among service personnel and overseas contract workers alike. The psychological impact of a stressful environment or traumatic event can have chronic effects on individuals and their family and friends.


America’s global mission to promote democracy and ensure security and prosperity is one performed with the assistance of vital personnel – contract interpreters that aid communication and bridge the gap between American and foreign cultures.

What is a Defense Base Act Lawyer?

A Defense Base Act Lawyer is an attorney that represents injured workers who are covered under the Defense Base Act. The Defense Base Act is a federal law that provides workers’ compensation protection to civilian employees and contractors who get injured or killed while working on a military base overseas while under a contract with the U.S. government for national defense or public works.

Defense Base Act Lawyer Thomas Barnes

National Defense Base Act Lawyer Helping Clients Across the United States

Civilian contractors serve companies with government contracts around the world, furthering the mission of the U.S. government, protecting its interests, and building and securing its embassies.

Are you one of these employees? Have you sustained an on-the-job injury such as a concussion in a serious accident? Has hostile enemy fire caused you to suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)? You have rights that must be protected — and can be, under the federal law known as the Defense Base Act.

If you suffered a civilian injury to the head, neck and/or back on a military base where U.S. forces are stationed, contact Thomas Barnes, the skilled Texas lawyer with over 20 years experience and committed to achieving justice for you and all injured persons. Contact our law firm for guidance through your claims.

No attorney fees will be charged to the clients. The fees will be separate and apart from the client’s recovery and paid by the insurance carrier directly.

An Advocate On Your Side

Our Defense Base Act practice is unique and national in scope, tailored to your specific legal needs and dedicated to obtaining the maximum financial compensation you deserve. In every personal injury claim we handle, Barnes Law Firm brings a team effort to your side — thorough investigation, skillful negotiation and, if necessary, aggressive litigation in courts of law. When your case has concluded, you will know that your rights have been protected.

As your claimant attorney, Thomas Barnes safeguards your interests after any serious or catastrophic injury caused by an accident, as well as wrongful death. We work hard to assist Defense Base Act claimants and their families with the filing of claims and prompt receipt of appropriate workers’ compensation benefits called for under the Defense Base Act.

Defense Base Act Injuries

Working contracts overseas for the government or the military can be extremely dangerous. As a civilian contractor conducting business overseas for the United States, you and your family have specific rights under a statute called the Defense Base Act (DBA).

This act is specifically catered to protect those who are injured while assisting our government and/or military throughout the world. If you have been hurt on a government job or have tragically lost a loved one overseas while he or she was completing a military contract, our law office can help. Contact our Houston-based lawyers at Barnes Law Firm, LLP for skilled guidance. We serve clients throughout the United States and abroad.

Experienced Attorney Protects Rights of Civilians Injured Overseas

Contact Barnes Law Firm in Houston immediately if you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in an accident while employed by a company such as Halliburton, Bechtel, DynCorp, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) in any country featuring a U.S. military or government presence such as:

  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russia
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Panama
  • Turkey
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • Guam
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina

For Longshore and Defense Base Act claims, Barnes Law Firm receives attorney fees directly from the insurance carrier and not from the client’s recovery. This means that any injured worker hurt in a situation covered by the Defense Base Act can afford to retain experienced, effective representation as supplied by Barnes Law Firm.

Assistance Through Defense Base Act Injuries and Fatal Accidents

If you have suffered a serious injury while working a government contract anywhere in the world, we can help. Our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience guiding individuals to compensation through the Defense Base Act for all types of injuries, including:

  • Back injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Head & traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Burns
  • Limb loss
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

For Longshore and Defense Base Act claims, Barnes Law Firm receives attorney fees directly from the insurance carrier and not from the client’s recovery. This means that any injured worker hurt in a situation covered by the Defense Base Act can afford to retain experienced, effective representation as supplied by Barnes Law Firm.

Texas DBA Claims Lawyer Fighting for You

Despite this presumption and the noble goal of the DBA, insurers regularly deny claims made by civilian contractors. At Barnes Law Firm, we have helped numerous clients obtain the benefits they need and secure additional settlements against insurance companies that wrongfully denied claims. Our clients work for a variety of companies such as:

  • DynCorp
  • Halliburton
  • Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)
  • Bechtel

Compensation All Over the World

We work with people all over the world to get the compensation they deserve! Here are some of the popular areas where people like you are getting compensated under the Defense Base Act.


  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Washington DC


  • Kosovo
  • Peru
  • United Kingdom
  • Uganda
  • Macedonia

Consult With Our National Law Firm Regarding Your DBA Claims

No matter where in the world your government contract took place, our Houston-based attorneys can help you. We will explain whether or not your injury falls under the parameters of the Defense Base Act and help you obtain compensation so you can move forward with your life. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation and evaluation of your DBA accident or injury. You can call us toll free at (888) 661-4002 or locally at (713) 652-4002. Se habla español