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The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC

Georgia Defense Base Act Attorney

"When you or a loved one is a  seriously injured Defense Base Act worker, you probably have concerns about your family's future.  Use our website to research your Defense Base Act claim.  We know how a serious injury affects your entire family.  We can help you get your life back and give you peace of mind."  Defense Base Act Lawyer, Bill Turley


Georgia Defense Base Act Attorney- Bill Turley


Truth Matters

When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugarcoat 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.


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: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. The book has plenty of great 5 Star reviews on Amazon, and it is 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.



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Having the Right DBA Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

Having the right DBA lawyer will usually mean whether you win or lose your DBA case. We stand up to the Defense Base Act insurance company that is trying to keep you from getting needed medical treatment and weekly compensation benefits.


Nation Wide Practice

We are asked by injured DBA 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.  We are the number one Defense Base Act Law Firm in the Western United States.  We can help you and your family too.


How us being from San Diego helps you.

We are based in San Diego, California.  This is a benefit to you.  Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than us.  The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  I have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987.  Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers, I gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience helps me win Defense Base Act cases.  

San Diego is the biggest military town in the United States.  The Defense Contracting Companies hired thousands of San Diego based ex-military types to work in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were there for them and their family’s after they were seriously injured. Thus, lt makes sense that The Turley Law Firm is America’s Leading Defense Base Act Law Firm.

Today, The Turley Law Firm represents seriously injured Defense Base Act workers and their families across the USA and around the world.  We can help you and our family get the compensation you deserve.


DBA Employers We Take On

Examples of some of the companies we see are SEII, L-3, DynCorp, Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), Triple Canopy, Blackwater, etc.

The Defense Base Act provides disability compensation, medical treatment, and vocational rehabilitation to workers injured at work and death benefits to survivors when the worker is killed on the job. You need not be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident to obtain these benefits.

This website helps address these very issues. We do it with plain English. So everybody can understand it.  We don’t give you the fluff. We don’t give you obscure generalities. We provide specific and useful information about Defense Base Act Law.

Use this website to help you win your DBA case.



America’s Leading Defense Base Act Attorney

Awarded Super Lawyer 2011-2017

Highest Rated DBA Lawyer San Francisco Avvo.com Rating San Diego Avvo.com Rating

Invited to Speak on the Longshore Act / Defense Base Act at 2011 Maritime Personal Injury Seminar

New York Times 2011 Top Attorney

Elected President of the Consumer Attorneys

Metro Awarded Best Lawyer 2012


Next, is a sample of our great FREE content:

Wages Under the Defense Base Act

Wages are used under the DBA (ie., Defense Base Act) in order to determine an employee's average weekly wage and compensation rate. Simply stated, the higher a workers average weekly wage under the Defense Base Act; the higher their compensation rate will be. With a higher compensation rate, the injured worker will receive more money for their DBA case. Thus, one of the primary goals of an injured worker (i.e., "Claimant") in a Defense Base Act case is proving the highest average weekly wage they can. This is done with wage evidence.

What are and are not "wages" is often the subject of intense dispute in a Defense Base Act and/or Defense Base Act case. Including or not including any particular item in an injured workers wages under the DBA may result in ten of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits. It can be a really, really big deal to a seriously injured worker and their family.

Under the DBA a "wage" is a money rate received as compensation from an employer, for services rendered by the employee. The money paid to an employee must be traceable to an employer.

Included in wages are gratuities received in the course of employment from others than the employer. In other words, tips or payments from others.

The following have been included as wages: overseas additives or overseas allowances, including foreign housing allowance and cost of living adjustment, completion awards, vacation or holiday pay (calculated the year it is received rather than the year it is earned). However, a claimant is not entitled to have both per diem and the value of room and board included in his wage calculation.

DBA law is created by the Benefits Review Board and the various Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Ninth Circuit, for example (California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, Idaho, Guam, and Montana) does not allow per diem payments to be used to calculate earnings, except in limited circumstances.

Also included are: the pay for overtime hours (when the hours are a regular and normal part of claimant's employment), container royalty payments (compensation paid by shipping companies in lieu of work lost by longshoremen due to containerization), guaranteed annual income payments (guaranteed payment of up to a guaranteed number of hours of work each year, i.e., an individual only works 1500 hours because of the bad economy, but is guaranteed 2000 hours and accordingly receives pay for 2000 hours of work), earnings from a second part-time job, and payment in kind (automobile parts), rather than in cash.

You Need To Take Action

Your employer/ carrier is  obligated to provide you reasonable medical treatment and temporary total disability benefits under the Defense Base Act. Too often the carrier will arbitrarily refuse to pay or stop paying for medical treatment and will stop your workers' compensation checks. The insurance carrier will controvert your DBA claim.

Doing nothing is not the best option. If your Defense Base Act medical benefits or workers compensation - TTD checks - are denied or the insurance carrier refuses to pay for your medical treatment or TTD you need to take action immediatley!

See this website  for free information on the DBA. This is the most comprehensive DBA website

Our offices are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Our Defense Base Act practice is world-wide in scope, and we are handle DBA cases around the world. Therefore, regardless of what country  you’re from, we can help you get your life back.

Call (619) 234-2833 or toll free at 866-705-4617 so we can help you at one of our many offices listed below:


San Francisco Office
425 California St. 18th Floor
San Francisco,  California, 94104

Los Angeles Office
3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1801
Los Angeles, California  90010

San Diego Office
7428 Trade Street
San Diego, CA 92121

Oakland Office
1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 858-2822


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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