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Defense Base Act Lawyers with 60+ Years of Experience, Training And Expertise Handling Cases World-Wide

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Civilian Workers Injured Abroad

Were you injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or anywhere overseas while working for a U.S. company?

If so, you are covered under the Defense Base Act which is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Our firm can handle your claim if you are a civilian injured in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait or anywhere overseas while working for a U.S. company under a contract with the U.S. government, when you suffered your accident.

DBA Compensation in the United States

and Around the World

Our team of knowledgeable and aggressive International DBA lawyers can handle your DBA compensation case anywhere in the United States and around the world.

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • Maine
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota 
  • New York
  • New Hampshire
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Kosovo
  • Syria 
  • Iraq
  • Peru
  • Macedonia
  • Afghanistan
  • Kuwait
  • Costa Rica
  • Germany
  • England
  • Puerto Rico
  • & Around the World

We Confront Powerful Contractors

  • KBR
  • Halliburton
  • Armor Group
  • Bechtel
  • Titan
  • Blackwater USA
  • DynCorp International
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin

  • Fluor Corporation

  • SOC-SMG Inc

  • SEI Group
  • CACI International
  • Aegis Defense Services
  • EOD Technology
  • Tetra Tech
  • IAP Worldwide Services

  • General Dynamics

  • Parsons Corporation

  • Washington Group International 

  • Odebrecht-Austin Joint Venture

Over $150,000,000 Obtained in Benefits & Settlements

Our skilled Defense Base Act lawyers are proud to obtain significant cash settlements for our clients. With our experience, knowledge and reputation, you can be sure that you will either get an excellent settlement, or have your case pushed to trial with a great chance of success.


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Benefits Under the Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act extends Longshore benefits to civilian employees injured while working overseas. The types of benefits provided under the Longshore Act, as extended by the Defense Base Act, include compensation for lost wages and reasonable and necessary medical care. Compensation is paid at 2/3 of your average weekly wage for so long as your doctor says that you are unable to work. 

Who is Covered Under the Defense Base Act?

The Defense Base Act covers civilian employees and/or contractors who are injured while assisting the US military under a contract with the US government in places like Iraq,
Afghanistan, Syria and Kuwait. The Defense Base Act also covers civilian employees injured on any military base outside of the United States.

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Injuries Covered by the Defense Base Act

Just about every kind of injury that you can think of is covered by the Defense Base Act.

At Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., we have handled injuries to the head, neck, back, arms, legs, feet, hands, shoulders, knees, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder injuries, psychiatric injuries, injuries to the heart, respiratory injuries. We have handled the claims of interpreters, security specialists, mechanics, truck drivers, bus drivers, food workers, and every other kind of employee.

Injuries can be classified into two categories:

Injuries to a Specific Body Part

Injuries to a specific body part, such as an arm, leg, hand, foot, eye, finger, or hearing loss.

An Injury to the Body as a Whole

An injury to the body as a whole would include the head, the neck, shoulders, back, hips, psychiatric claims and occupational diseases.

What To Do If I Am Injured Overseas While Covered By The Defense Base Act?

1. Report Your Accident to Your Employer

You should immediately report your accident to your employer. The law requires you to report your accident within 30 days. There are some exceptions to this, however, the general rule is that you have an obligation to report your accident within 30 days.

2. Request Medical Care from Your Employer

You should request medical care from your employer with a doctor of your own choosing. The law requires your employer to furnish medical care for injuries on the job. The law requires your employer to allow you to choose your own doctor.

Keep in mind that if you are working in what is considered to be a zone of special danger, you will be covered 24 hours per day even if you were not performing work related activities. In our opinion, anyone injured in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria will be covered 24 hours per day for any injuries as a result of the zone of special danger rule.

Before coming back from overseas, try to collect your medical records and obtain an opinion that documents your injuries, provides your work status, and recommendations for future care and treatment.

3. Contact Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. for Expert Representation

Contact a qualified Defense Base Act lawyer who understands the complexities of handling this type of case. At Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P. A., our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience handling Defense Base Act cases. We have seen every type of injury; we have handled these cases at every stage of trial; and we have seen every kind of issue imaginable. We know the tricks that the insurance companies play, and we can beat them at their own game.

Our Law Firm at a Glance

The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., fighting for injured workers under since 1996


Over $150,000,000 obtained in benefits and/or settlements for our clients during the past 20 years

DBA mediations

Over 2,000 mediations on behalf of injured workers

3000 DBA claims

Over 3,000 claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

60+ years combined DBA law experience

Over 60 years of combined attorney experience in assisting injured workers

3000+ injured workers

Over 2,000 injured workers’ cases

6000+ claims

Over 6,000 claims filed on behalf of injured workers

200+ injured worker trials

Over 200 injured workers’ cases taken to trial

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You can rely upon our experience, knowledge, expertise and commitment to get the job done on your DBA case. We are ready to go to work for you today!

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We devote ourselves to each client with energy and passion. Let us put our years of experience, training, education and knowledge to work for you today.


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