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Detroit Residents Injured Over Seas, Read This Before Hiring a Lawyer

“When I seek out professional advice, I want honesty, I want frankness, I want advice straight-up. So should you.”  Bill Turley

A great first step

Ordering a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, would be a great way to jumpstart your journey to getting the benefits you deserve. You should read this book before you speak to the insurance adjuster and before you hire a DBA lawyer.

You can order it at Amazon, but we will send it to you for free and we cover shipping costs no matter where you are. You can read all the 5 star reviews my book has received on Amazon, and see how my book has helped countless folks like yourself with their DBA case.

Detroit civilian contractor claims Under the DBA

If you were injured while working under a U.S. defense contract in Iraq or the surrounding countries or whether you were injured in other parts of the world you could be covered under the Defense Base Act. The Defense Base Act is a workers’ compensation program designed to help contracted employees that were injured around the world.

You are probably concerned about what to expect next or what to do before contacting a lawyer.  If this is you - then you are in the right place. This is the most complete and decisive Defense Base Act website.  There is a ton of free and useful information to help you with your DBA case.

In the last 20 years or so, many folks from Iraq emigrated to the U.S. and  specifically to Detroit.  In recent years some of those multilingual individuals have sought jobs over seas as translators, many Detroit residents were recruited to work in Iraq, Afghanistan and the surrounding countries.  Sometimes the job can be dangerous and unfortunately injuries can happen.   After you are injured, you most likely will return to Detroit, and you may be inclined to find a local attorney to take your injury case. Make sure you do as much research as possible before hiring a lawyer.  You want to make sure you get the best help possible to get the maximum DBA benefits.


A lay of the land

You may not realize that once you start your DBA claim, you are at odds with the DBA insurance company; and it is the law that overseas defense contractors get Defense Base Act insurance.  These two factors put you in a precarious position.  You are engaged in a battle with the insurance company for the benefits you are legally entitled to.  These insurance companies are out to make a profit, so they want to do whatever they can to prevent paying you benefits.


You need to lawyer-up

Insurance companies make sure their staff is trained to try to keep you from getting benefits, as well as hire cut throat lawyers to take advantage of unrepresented people.  You need a lawyer that knows the DBA insurance companies. While there are plenty of DBA Lawyer websites on the web today, not many specialize in DBA claims.  Trouble is, they all claim to be DBA lawyers.

The challenge for you is finding a lawyer that is not only great at practicing law, but a lawyer that has hundreds of DBA cases as experience.  It’s easy to make the mistake of hiring the wrong lawyer, but with some research, you can make an intelligent and confident choice.

So whether it is with our law firm or one of the other top DBA law firms - you need to lawyer-up, and lawyer up now. 

Your job is to find the best, honest DBA lawyer that you can find. 

Why having a Defense Base Act Lawyer that is not Detroit based can be a benefit to you

I am not in Detroit. I am  based in San Diego, California.    The Defense Base Act is part of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, and the Turley Law Firm has been handling Longshore Act cases since the 1980's.  I have offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield where some of the biggest ports and ship yards on the west coast are located.  I help Longshore workers and shipyard all over the west coast. All of these cases fall under the Longshore Act.

San Diego is one of the largest military towns in the United States.  There are many former military personnel that went to Iraq and Afghanistan as overseas civilian contractors that returned to San Diego and California with serious DBA injuries. In addition, many linguists are from California.  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.  It is my understanding, that my law firm is one of the three largest DBA law firms.

We represent DBA workers from  all over the USA, and around the world.


One way that I am different

You are going to find that this both website and my book Win Your Defense Base Act Case are full of free and enormously pertinent information. I give away a lot of extremely useful free information. Unlike most lawyers - I want you to know the facts of life. I want you to "get it."  

I realize that I can't represent every DBA claimant. I am very selective in regards to  who I choose to represent.  So I wrote the acclaimed book - Win Your Defense Base Act case  to level the playing field between you and the insurance company and their shark lawyers.


Best Rated Defense Base Act Lawyer - what does it mean?

I have been awarded the highest AVVO.com rating, awarded Super Lawyer year after year, been elected to be President of the Consumer Attorneys and been given a lot of different cool lawyer awards.  All this  means is that folks that do know good lawyers from the not so good lawyers have awarded me these honors.


You Have to Be Credible. No Matter What.

Whether you hire my firm or not, you really need to follow this advice.  Fact is, most lawyers don’t want to give out this kind of advice, because they want you to think that you have to hire them first.  So here goes.

When you have a legal case, nothing is more important than your credibility. When you have a court case, nothing is more important than whether the Judge believes you and your story.  The single most important factor that determines whether you win or lose your case is your credibility.

Of course, the first thing you need to do is to always tell the truth.  What you may not realize is the insurance company is working hard to destroy your credibility.  Many good honest folks fall for the insurance companies tricks and traps. You don't want to be that guy (or gal).


Defense Base Act Independent Medical Examinations (some extremely useful free information)

One important thing that you need to know is that the DBA insurance company has the right to have you examined by an insurance company doctor. They call this an “Independent Medical Examination.”  Know this - there is usually (but not always) absolutely nothing "independent" about this doctor. In most circumstances, this is really a “Defense Medical Examination.”

Most of the time, the insurance company chooses this doctor because they can count on the doctor giving a report that is bad for you and good for the insurance company.

This doesn’t mean that you can be rude or impolite to the doctor when you are examined. You must be polite, cooperative and nice to the doctor. No matter what - you must be honest with the insurance company doctor. No fudging, exaggerating, fibbing and the like.


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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