What is The Defense Base Act (DBA)?

The Defense Base Act is a U.S. law. It allows people who work for the U.S. government contractors outside of the U.S.  to receive money if they are injured because of their work. More information about the law is in English on this website from the U.S. Department of Labor.

People may be eligible for compensation if:

  • They work or worked for the U.S. government or for a contractor with the U.S. government outside the U.S., and they were injured or experienced psychological harm because of their work.
  • People may also be eligible if they are a close relative of someone who was killed working for the U.S. government outside of the U.S.

The injury or death does not have to happen on a U.S. base. It can occur while doing work off-base or after work hours. The injury has to be connected to employment for the United States.

In some cases, there are deadlines to apply for compensation.

People who have a valid claim may receive money or medical treatment or both. The Defense Base Act can provide money for:

  • Medical costs
  • If the employee dies because of the work, the spouse and children, or parents, can receive financial compensation
  • Loss of income due to injury

The amount of money will depend on many things, including your salary, your medical costs, and many other factors.

Applicants can request compensation by filing a form called an LS-203.

Some private lawyers help in DBA processes. It is not a requirement to have a lawyer help you. However, in most cases you do not have to pay for the lawyer directly. The lawyer is paid by the insurance company if you receive money.

Below is a list of some of the lawyers who help in this process. These are not immigration lawyers.

IRAP is providing contact information for these lawyers because many Afghans have physical or mental harm from their work for the United States.  IRAP does not endorse any of these lawyers and does not receive any money to refer you to these lawyers.

 If you contact any of these lawyers, you should tell them:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Basic information about your employer and the kind of work you did when you were injured; and
  • What kind of injury you received, including how long you missed work and any medical treatment you have received.


Jon B. Robinson

Strongpoint Law Firm, LLC

1070-B West Causeway Approach

Mandeville, LA  70471

Phone: (985) 246-3194

Website: http://strongpointlaw.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StrongpointLawFirm

Twitter: @MrJonRobinson


Lara Merrigan

Merrigan Legal

One Harbor Dr.

Suite 300

Sausalito, CA  94965


Signal: +14152335215 


Phillip M. Davis

The Law Office of Phillip M. Davis

5050 Quorum Dr.

Suite 700

Dallas, TX  75254



John-Austin Diamond

Diamond Law Practice

One World Trade Center

Suite 8500

New York, NY  10007



Doug Grauel

Grauel Law Offices

15 N. Main St.

Concord, NH 03301

(603) 369-5010 - phone

+1603-892-3410 – WhatsApp messaging, phone, and video



www.grauellaw.com/contact/ - fillable form for client contact

www.facebook.com/grauellaw - Facebook (contact via messenger)


Handling DBA cases for 10+ years; accepting new cases now.

Grauel Law Offices works with Law Offices of Bashir Ghazialam on Afghan SIV and DBA matters


Bashir Ghazialam

Bashir’s team includes staff who speak Dari, Farsi, Pashto, and Arabic

(619) 795-3370 (phone - direct office)

(866) 827-5132 (phone - toll free)

+16197953370– WhatsApp messaging, phone, and video



Handling DBA cases for 5+ years; accepting new cases now. Handled dozens of DBA cases for American citizens as well as foreign nationals (local employees).


Mailing Address:


P.O. Box 928167

San Diego, CA 92192-8167


U.S.A (San Diego) Main Office Location:

10650 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, Suite 201

San Diego, CA 92131


U.S.A (Santa Ana) Office Location:

2112 E. 4th Street, Suite 228G

Santa Ana, CA 92705


U.S.A (San Francisco/Fremont/Bay Area) Office Location:

38750 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Unit A7

Fremont, CA  94536

United States


Brian C. Karsen, Esq.


Barnett, Lerner, Karsen, Frankel & Castro, P.A.

2860 Marina Mile Blvd; Suite 105

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312


954-920-9492 fax

888-732-7425 US Toll Free



John D. Hafemann, Esq.

Hafemann Magee & Thomas

340 Eisenhower Drive

Suite 1313

Savannah, Georgia 31406



(912) 221-4441 (Main Line & Fax)


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