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The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC

Highly Rated Indiana Defense Base Act Attorney Tells You What You Need To Know

"I give it to you straight.  I might even tell you something you'd rather not accept. But it will be the truth. The unvarnished, unsweetened, unabashed truth.” - Defense Base Act Attorney Bill Turley

Indiana Defense Base Act Attorney- Bill Turley DBA Lawyer

The Reality

The mistake that most injured Defense Base Act contractors make is not telling the truth. The moment a lie about your case comes out, is the moment you can say goodbye to it. The worse thing you could do for your DBA case is not telling the honest truth.

No matter what it is, you must be up front and honest about every single detail with your attorney. It will not only help your case, but it could be the difference between winning or losing your case.

Most folks do not even know where to start with their Defense Base Act Case once they are injured. I go over every step in my free book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical and Treatment And Money You and Your Family Deserve.

It is full of helpful and useful information for folks just like you. Check out the 5 Star Amazon Reviews too, I promise you will not be disappointed. 


Need help right now?

Call us today at (619) 234-2833

or you can fill out the contact form on this web page.     


Helping you Make The Right Decisions With Your Defense Base Case

We know that each individual and each DBA case is different. We know that you have  a lot  of choices of attorneys.

From the moment you "discover" us by referral (most common method) or Internet search we want you to have the most and best information available in order that YOU can make the best decisions for your and your family about your Defense Base Act claim.

We believe that you are in the best position to make the RIGHT choice for YOU and your family when you have access to the best information.

You will have to make decisions about:

    * Whether to talk to the insurance adjuster
    * Whether to sign the forms
    * Whether to hire an attorney
    * How to find the right attorney
    * How to best present your claim
    * How to deal with your own health insurance company
    * Whether to accept a settlement of file a lawsuit
    * How to best present your claim to a Virginia jury
    * ...and a lot of other issues.

We will provide you with that information. Our website is different. We strive to provide you with the best information possible so you can make the right decisions for your case.


Why should I hire the Turley & Mara Law Firm when you are in California?

We get calls from Defense Base Act workers 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 Indiana.  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 aren’t from Indiana - and that is a benefit to you

We are from San Diego, California. We have been handling Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act (LHWCA) 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 Indiana. But we are Indiana Defense Base Act Lawyers. Meaning we accept cases from Indiana. 

A lifetime of support

However, all of our clients agree that they choose us because the scope of the service we offer is unique. They also take comfort from the fact that they are choosing one of the leading specialized law practices in the country to act as a reliable partner, and make a positive difference to their situation.

Instead, of us telling you all this, we prefer to simply let our track record and our clients speak for us:

     Awarded Super Lawyer 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 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 Top Attorney


     Elected President of the Consumer Attorneys



Lack of experience

Lack of experience can lead to serious mistakes being made. There really is no substitute for experience. The mistakes that are most often made by inexperienced law firms relate to missing important time limits, or missing out large potential elements of your or your loved one's case. This results in the settlement or award, which provides the foundation to help rebuild lives, being a fraction of its true worth.

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

Here is a FREE sample of our website's content:

Scheduled Injuries

The following is a list of Scheduled Disability - Weeks of Compensation Paid under the Longshore Act:

(1) Arm lost, three hundred and twelve weeks' compensation.

(2) Leg lost, two hundred and eighty-eight weeks' compensation.

(3) Hand lost, two hundred and forty-four weeks' compensation.

(4) Foot lost, two hundred and five weeks' compensation.

(5) Eye lost, one hundred and sixty weeks' compensation.

(6) Thumb lost, seventy-five weeks' compensation.

(7) First finger lost, forty-six weeks' compensation.

(8) Great toe lost, thirty-eight weeks' compensation.

(9) Second finger lost, thirty weeks' compensation.

(10) Third finger lost, twenty-five weeks' compensation.

(11) Toe other than great toe lost, sixteen weeks' compensation.

(12) Fourth finger lost, fifteen weeks' compensation.

(13) Loss of hearing:

(A) Compensation for loss of hearing in one ear, fifty-two weeks.

(B) Compensation for loss of hearing in both ears, two-hundred weeks.


What is an Unscheduled Injury under the Defense Base Act?

Every injury that is not a scheduled injury - is a unscheduled injury under the Defense Base Act.

Here are examples of unscheduled injures under the Defense Base Act:

    internal injuries
    brain damage


Our aim provide full transparency of the processes and financial awards that occur throughout your or your loved one's case. Please contact us at one of the offices below to discuss your situation with us:

San Diego Office

7428 Trade St.
San Diego, California 92121


Oakland Office

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


San Francisco Office

275 Battery St. Suite 1300
San Francisco, California, 94111


Los Angeles Office

3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1801
Los Angeles, California 90010



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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