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American Contractor Lawyer I Overseas Civilian Contractor Attorney - Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation Injuries & Claims

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American Contractor Lawyer I Overseas Civilian Contractor Attorney - Defense Base Act Workers’ Compensation Injuries & Claims

We are American Contractor Lawyers and overseas civilian contractor attorneys.  If you are injured while overseas working for an American Contractor you probably have a Defense Base Act workers’ compensation injury and claim.

The Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act (DBA), created in 1941, extended the federal workers' compensation program for longshore and harbor workers, initially to persons working on American military bases abroad and then to most federal contractors working outside of the United States.

The DBA requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.

The DBA Falls Under the Longshore Act

Under the provisions of the DBA, overseas federal military and public works contractors are subject to the same workers' compensation rules, including the same insurance requirements and same schedules of benefits for affected workers, as maritime firms covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).

The DBA provides no-fault coverage and is an exclusive remedy to injured workers. Injured workers and the survivors of workers killed on the job are entitled to benefits for employment-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths regardless of fault and are not permitted to sue their employers or the federal government for any types of damages caused by employment-related incidents. However, DBA employees can bring third party lawsuits against persons and/or entitles whom are legally entities which are not their employers.

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"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

My Best Advice

My best advice is for you to always to tell the truth about your claim and your injuries. Fibs, half-truths and tall tales can get you in real trouble if the Judge finds out you arent being honest. 

My second best advice, is that you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case. I will send the book to you at no charge, and I will cover shipping. I wrote the book to help contractors with their DBA case. I can't take every case, but my book has helped many overseas contractors with their case.

Be sure to check out all the 5 star reviews that my book has received on Amazon.com. 

Strength vs. Weakness

You can't be afraid to protect your rights.  If you want to get what you are entitled to under the DBA - you have to be ready to take your case to court. You have to be prepared to win. Hoping for a good settlement is a fool's errand.  You want to and need to negotiate from a position of strength.  You don't do that unless you are prepared to win in court.  

Nation Wide Practice

We are asked by injured American Contractor workers across the United States (and the world)  to represent them. We have a Nation wide practice. We represent injured Defense Base Act workers that live across America and around the world.

Why Having a San Diego American Contractor Lawyer/ Overseas Civilian Contractor Attorney  Is A Benefit To You

I am based in San Diego, California.  This is a benefit to you.  Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than I have.  The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  I have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987.  San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers.  I have offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield.  I represent Longshore workers up and down the west coast.  I gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan.  

There are many former military types that went to Iraq and Afghanistan that returned to San Diego and California with serious DBA injuries. In addition, many linguists are from California.  Unfortunately, seriously injured American contractor workers and overseas civilian contractor returned to America in droves.

When they needed help with their Defense Base Act cases they hired my law firm. Today, my law firm represents more Defense Base Act workers than any other law firm on the west coast.  Defense Base Act cases are what we do.  We represent DBA workers from across America and from around the world.

Feeling Overwhelmed and Don't Know Where to Start?  Get my free DBA Guide, it has the top ten common questions asked about the Defense Base Act, helpful references, what to say to your doctor/adjustor and much more.  I created this guide as a great tool for you to get an overview of the Defense Base Act basics. Within the DBA Guide you will notice at the bottom of each section I mention which pages you can reference in my Win Your Defence Base Act Book if you would like to go into more depth on a certain topic.  

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William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
Needs some advice/help with my rights as for as returning to work after medical leave.
Posted by David Quick on June 30, 2017 at 05:09 AM
If I suffer a back injury working as a contractor in Afghanistan and am sent to Dubai for exam or treatment, Am I required to pay out of pocket for treatment and transportation to Dubai and get reimbursement at a later date?
Posted by mike slusser on April 8, 2017 at 02:21 AM
I was in kuwait with no tickit home provided by the company. I had to pay my way home. I know they are obligated by law to provide this service.they stranded me at the airport and told me they could do nothing to help at the time. once i payed my way back home I tried talking to them and they are giving me the run around. what should I do?
Posted by ryan on August 22, 2016 at 08:18 PM
I'm an overseas security contractor working in Afghanistan and I was denied an arming agreement and am about to be wrongfully terminated and sent home due to a misread of my FBI background check. I brought up the mistake and was told even if I still meet the requirements, background wise, I was still being terminated. I've never been denied one before. I've had one with another company working from April 2014 to April 2015 for a Glock 17 & M4 as well as crew serve weapons. Being denied one now will effect my future employments with other company's and will put a wrench in my financial future that will most likely tarnish my secret clearance. Please help!
Posted by Lance Williams on September 30, 2015 at 07:47 PM

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