"Honest is the first chapter of the book of wisdom." - Thomas Jefferson
My best advice
My best advice to you is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When it comes to a court case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. The DBA insurance company lawyer is going to try and make you look like you are lying. If this happens, the Judge will rule against you and you will lose.
Bank on it. I know I do.
My second best advice
Which brings me to my second best advice. The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company. In other words, they don’t know that they are messing up their case. Happens all the time. Well meaning honest folks get caught in one of the DBA insurance company traps.
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Why Trust The Turley & Mara Law Firm?
We have hundreds of pages of relevant, useful information to help you understand the issues in your work injury case and to make the right decisions. Chances are we have relevant useful information about almost any DBA work injury subject you researching.
Good Employees Get Seriously Injured
Just because you were injured doesn't mean you were at fault. Just because you got hurt doesn't mean you did anything wrong. The DBA system is a no-fault system. Meaning, you get benefits even if your injury was entirely your own fault. Fault doesn't matter in a Defense Base Act claim unless you have a third party civil case. You can obtain much more money in a third party case because you are able to collect many damages in a civil case than a Defense Base Act case.
Our third party work injury lawyers will perform a careful analysis on your case in order to discover every possible avenue of recovery for you.
Research Your Defense Base Act Case
This website provides information for persons with Defense Base Act injuries,. We provide vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your DBA case.
If you are an injured DBA worker, you need a seasoned Defense Base Act Attorney. However, there are few really good DBA lawyers. If you have a more minor injury you might want to chance your DBA case with an inexperienced DBA lawyer. However, if you have a serious injury, you need a really good lawyer.
Know this: the insurance company will have a good lawyer.
Who Does The Defense Base Act Apply To?
The Defense Base Act applies to civilian workers who are injured or killed overseas while working on a military base or working for a company contracting with the U.S. Government. These contracts can be for roads, schools, dams, embassies, buildings, airports, or even service contracts. Originally the Defense Base Act (DBA) was intended to cover workers on overseas military bases. Later it was expanded to service contracts and contracts for national defense activities.
The DBA incorporates by reference the provisions of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). All of the provisions regarding filing a claim, procedures and available benefits are found in the LHWCA.
You need to file your DBA claim within 1 year
If you believe you have a DBA claim you must file an Employee Claim For Compensation within one year of the date of the accident or last payment of compensation, whichever is later. Such a claim must be filed with one of the district offices of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. There are district offices located in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Houston, San Francisco, Long Beach, Seattle, and Honolulu.
If you are later than one year, you should still contact a seasoned Longshore/ DBA lawyer. We have been successful in prosecuting claims filed much later than one year. However, like anything in law, if you have an argument, you may lose. Thus, we strongly recommend filing your claim before the one year so you you won't have to worry about losing the "argument."
Our law firm is respected for the thoroughness of our work and for the results we achieve for injured workers. Please contact us to learn whether we may be able to assist you with your serious injury case.
Since 1987, the insurance companies have respected us for how we fight for our clients. This respect is a benefit clients receive when they choose The Turley Law Firm. The recognition the legal industry has given us helps us succeed for our clients. You want a lawyer that is going to be able to stand up to the insurance company. You want a lawyer that is going to get the maximum recovery for your case. You don't want a lawyer that has a learning curve to understand the issues in your case. You want the very best.
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The Turley Law Firm and their staff are ready to help you immediately. You deserve help from a lawyer who understands your situation and how to help you in this difficult time. We fight hard to get you the best medical care. We fight hard to get you all the compensation which you are entitled under the law. Our goal is help you get your life back together.
We get calls from Defense Base Act clients that have hired local attorneys. It's usually the same type call:
- "My lawyer screwed up my case, can you fix it?"
- "My benefits got cut off and my lawyer doesn't seem like he knows what he's doing?"
- "My lawyer stopped taking my calls."
- "I got referred to a local workers compensation lawyer, he said he could handle my case. Can you help me?"
Look, there may very well be good DBA lawyers in Arizona. If there are, we don't know about them. In the meantime, you can hire a local attorney that is probably going to cost you a lot of money or you can hire an attorney that you know is going to have the experience to successfully handle your DBA case.
We are from San Diego, California. We have been handling Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act (Longshore Act) claims since 1987. The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore Act. Defense Base Act cases are administered through the Department of Labor. It is the same law, same system and the same Judges. We understand DBA cases. We understand the DBA insurance companies.
We want you to know that we offer you a choice: A local attorney who is going to learn the DBA with your case or lawyers that have been handling cases before the Department of Labor since 1987.
So you are right. We are not based in Arizona. But we are Arizona Defense Base Act Lawyers. Meaning we accept cases from Arizona.
How can you take a client in Arizona when you are not an Arizona lawyer?
The Defense Base Act is federal law. The Defense Base Act is a type of federal workers compensation program. Technically, you don't need a lawyer to handle your DBA case. Your brother in law can represent you. And he will probably do a similar job as the local Arizona lawyer you hire will do.
Here is the best advice you are going to get. You are much better off hiring an out of state DBA attorney than a local attorney that isn't experienced with either the Longshore Act or Defense Base Act or both.
So if you don't call us - be sure to call an experienced DBA attorney.
We are located in San Diego, California. San Diego has a big military presence (meaning a lot of DBA workers) and a lot of Longshore and Harbor Workers.
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