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When You Can’t Return to Work, the DBA Can Help You Find a New Career

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“I’ll tell you what the public likes more then anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world - honesty.” - Merle Haggard

An Unfortunate Turn Of Events

You were a truck driver in Iraq. It was a good job until the accident.


You applied for Defense Base Act (DBA) benefits. You will receive 288 weeks of compensation. Then what? You can’t return to your job. What else can you do?

Truth Matters

When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more then the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straight forward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugar coat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get go.

The DBA insurance company is not on your side. They have traps laying around for you to fall in. And bet on it, if you do not follow the proper steps with your DBA case, you will fall right in.

The Next Step

Remember the DBA insurance company is not your friend. I strongly suggest you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case. I wrote it to be a guide to only help you succeed in your case. ​Trust me. My only goal here is to make sure honest hard working folks like you, do not get ripped off by these companies.

The book has plenty of great 5 Star reviews on Amazon, written by folks like you who wanted to learn about their case.

Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.

Need help right now?

Call us today at (619) 234-2833 or you can fill out the contact form on this web page.

Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance

Injured workers who cannot return to work are eligible for vocational rehabilitation assistance under the DBA. In order to receive rehabilitation services, you must be receiving Defense Base Act compensation from your employer or his DBA insurance carrier. You should apply for services as soon as you know that you won’t be able to return to work.

DBA vocational rehabilitation benefits are provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The services are either provided directly by DOL staff or indirectly through a rehabilitation firm. Training may include courses at a rehabilitation center, vocational school, technical school, or college, as well as on-the-job training. Any courses taken must relate to your employment goals.

You can train for any field you like, but your vocational rehabilitation training must meet the following requirements:

  1. Your training goal must be realistic.
  2. Your training must be completed within a reasonable period of time.
  3. You should be qualified to be employed for pay at the completion of your training.
  4. Your training should restore or increase your wage earning capacity.

Once you have completed your training, you are eligible for job counseling and placement assistance through your state employment office. The DOL has a right to terminate your vocational benefits if you do not cooperate with the agency supervising your training.

Still Have Questions?

Do you have additional questions about DBA  benefits? Contact the California Defense Base Act attorneys at The Turley & Mara Law Firm. Call us at 866-705-4617, we’ll be happy to help.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
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