“We give you an insiders view of Defense Base Act Law. We don’t sugar coat it for you. Here, we give it to you straight. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth.” -Defense Base Act Attorney Bill Turley
My best advice
My best advice to you is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When bringing 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.
Which is why I strongly suggest that you read my free book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. You don’t have to believe what I say about it - the book has dozens of 5 Star reviews on Amazon.com.
Win Your Defense Base Act Case is the best investment you are going to make. You can order it free here on this website or you can pay for it by ordering it from Amazon.com.
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Helping You Make The Tough Decisions
The Defense Base Act lawyers at The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC understand how devastating a serious DBA injury can be. You are immediately thrust into a situation you didn’t ask for and certainly didn’t expect. Your life has been disrupted. It can be very stressful. The decisions you make regarding your serious work injury case may affect you for the rest of your life. Where to turn to? What to do?
The work injury lawyers at The Turley & Mara Law firm have been helping workers just like you since the 1980's. Bill Turley has been teaching other lawyers how to handle work injury cases since the 1990's. Bill is regularly published in prestigious legal publications and he lectures / teaches other lawyers about DBA law. He has been teaching other lawyers because he knows how to help seriously injured Defense Base Act workers and their families survive and successfully win their work injury cases.
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 Kansas. 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 Kansas - and that is a benefit to you
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 Kansas. But we are Kansas Defense Base Act Lawyers. Meaning we accept cases from Kansas.
Why choose us for your DBA case?
Support and guidance for our clients
Deciding which legal practice to select can be a daunting and confusing decision. We understand that this is a stressful time for all involved, and provide support and guidance to our clients throughout this process.
Our clients choose us for many different reasons. As each situation is unique, the reasons for choosing us will differ from person to person. Some clients may see our ability to deliver immediate financial assistance and medical treatment solutions as key, whereas others may want to feel secure in the knowledge that our specialist team has experience in acting in situations such as theirs. Others may see our ratings and reviews by others as important. And others may focus on our leadership abilities. In all cases our clients are safe in the knowledge that our services will cost them and their loved ones nothing.
We prefer you consider what other people think about us:
Awarded Super Lawyer 2011 through 2017
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
A Piece of Cake - A walk in the park
Some injured DBA claimants think that all they have to do is show up and they can win their DBA case. They think they can save some money on having to pay attorney fees. It's a piece of cake. A walk in the park . Here is all you will have to do:
First, you need evidence. Namely, medical evidence stating you have a disability - either Temporary or Permanent and wages evidence. Second, you need to request an emergency informal conference before the United States Department of Labor. Third, you need to marshal your evidence and present it at the emergency informal conference. Fourth, if the DBA insurance carrier refuses to follow the Department of Labor's recommendations for the informal conference or the recommendations were not in your favor, then you need to file an LS-18 for trial/ hearing. Fifth, you have to follow the Judge's pre-trial order. Sixth, you have to win your trial. Which means putting on evidence needed to carrier your burden of proof , direct and cross examination of witnesses and responding to the DBA insurance attorney's legal arguments. Sixth, you need to prevail in the appeal that then DBA insurance company will surely file following your victory in trial.
A walk in the park?
Maybe not. You have to be prepared. Know this. The DBA insurance attorney sure knows the law, procedure and rules. Your attorney better also.
We Will Treat You Like A Family Member
One of the tenants of our firm is we treat each and every client as if they were a family member.
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“You must proceed carefully when applying for Defense Base Act benefits. One mistake in a doctor's record or a missing form can make the difference between immediate benefits or months, possibly years of delay. You will encounter a bureaucratic morass. All the different hoops you need to jump through to get Defense Base Act benefits can be intimidating. Having a DBA lawyer gives you a big advantage. The next best thing is using our website to win your DBA case.”
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Free Choice Physician DBA
What is a Free Choice of Physician under the DBA?
Under the DBA/ Defense Base Act an injured employee has a free choice of physician. The Employee must request authorization from the employer/ carrier to be treated by his/her free choice physician.
When the nature of the injury prevents the employee from making a choice, the employer may chose for him/ her. However, the Employee may later exercise their free choice physician.
The Employer must pay for the medical treatment furnished by the free choice physician.
If the Employer chooses a doctor for he Claimant, the Claimant/ Employee is entitled to choose their free choice physician.
Remember, the Employee must request medical care from the employer/ carrier. Make sure to keep copies of all such requests.
Am I entitled to treat with a doctor of my own choosing?
Yes. The law provides you with your “first free choice of physician.” This is a very critical part of your case. You should make sure that you choose a qualified doctor who is capable of treating your particular condition and who is a patient advocate. We can help you choose your first physician as this may become the single most important aspect of your case.
We would encourage you not to make that decision without carefully considering how it will impact the rest of your case. Many insurance companies try to make that decision for you which can be a huge mistake and may result in you not receiving adequate medical care or full compensation.