“If you are a seriously injured Defense Base Act worker - you need to know the facts of life. We give it too you straight. No sugar added. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth.” -Defense Base Act Attorney Bill Turley
My Best Advice
Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat their injury, it will help them win their case. Wrong.
You have to be up-front, honest, and truthful to your attorney and the judge. If a judge suspects your not telling the truth, you can say goodbye to your case. Count on it. I have seen it time and time again.
My Second Best Advice
Take the time to research your case. The more homework you do, the better your case. Order 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.
And before you do, check out the Amazon Reviews. It will be the best thing on helping you take the necessary steps to win your Defense Base Act Case.
Your New Reality
Here is your new reality - - these Defense Base Act insurance companies make millions of dollars denying legitimate claims. That is how they make BIG BUCKS. You and your family hardly matter when there is so much money to be made in denying legitimate claims.
What many workers come to realize is the insurance company and their lawyers know the law and how to manipulate the law against you. If this happens to you or a loved one, it is extremely important to hire a seasoned Defense Base Act Lawyer. Feeling Overwhelmed and Don't Know Where to Start? Get my free DBA Guide, it has the top ten common questions asked about the Defense Base Act, helpful references, what to say to your doctor/adjustor and much more. I created this guide as a great tool for you to get an overview of the Defense Base Act basics. Within the DBA Guide you will notice at the bottom of each section I mention which pages you can reference in my Win Your Defense Base Act Book if you would like to go into more depth on a certain topic.
Your Fight and be Proactive To Get DBA Benefits
The truth is too many DBA workers come home to fight yet another battle for receiving basic medical care and weekly compensation checks. If your benefits are delayed or not provided, waiting will not help. Instead, you need to follow the administrative guidelines as set forth in the Department of Labor regulations. Waiting simply means that it will be longer before you receive the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
You need to be pro-active if your benefits are not being provided. In the meantime, the DBA carrier will do everything possible to delay your Trial (called a Formal Hearing under the DBA). Don’t make the mistake of waiting - - you and your Defense Base Act Lawyer need to take immediate action to get you the benefits you deserve under the DBA.
Need help right now?
You can call us at 619-234-2833 or you can fill out the contact form on this web page.
Why Hire The Turley and Mara Law Firm, APLC?
We have been doing this since 1987. We know what we are doing.
Sure, you are supposed to be receiving DBA benefits. However, determining your eligibility for DBA benefits and value of the compensation you are entitled can create complex legal issues.
The DBA insurance company wants to limit the amount of compensation it pays you. The DBA insurance company hides behind the complexity of the DBA system to keep from paying you and your family the DBA benefits you deserve. They use legal smoke clouds to confuse the issues and keep you from getting the compensation you need and deserve.
This is when the help of a seasoned DBA lawyer is usually required to get you your DBA benefits. We can help you fight through these legal disputes so you get the benefits you deserve. We have five offices to serve you...
San Diego Office
7428 Trade St.
San Diego, California 92121
1300 Clay Street, Suite 166
Oakland, CA 94612
San Francisco Office
275 Battery St. Suite 1300
San Francisco, California, 94111
Los Angeles Office
3255 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90010
1430 Truxton Ave. 5th Floor
Bakersfield, California 93301
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. Bill Turley has been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987. Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers, Bill gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience helps him win Defense Base Act cases. Let The Turley Law Firm put their experience to work for you.
This is why seriously injured DBA workers across America and across the world ask The Turley Law Firm to represent them.
We prefer you consider what other people think about us:
Awarded Super Lawyer 2010 - 2017
Awarded Nations Top 1% 2015 by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
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
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.
How Long Do I Have To File For DBA Benefits?
A written claim for Defense Base Act benefits must be filed in the office of the OWCP district director within one year of the injury or within one year from the last payment of compensation, whichever is later.
However, as a practical matter, you should file for DBA benefits as soon as possible. Every day you wait to file increases the chances of your claim being denied. Once the DBA insurance company denies your claim (by filing a LS-207 Notice of Controversion); it is usually difficult to get them to voluntarily reinstate your benefits. In these cases, you will likely have to go to trial to get the Defense Base Act benefits you deserve.
Chosen the wrong DBA Lawyer?
Discuss your situation with us. We are often contacted by DBA Claimants to discuss the possibility of transferring their case to us from another law practice. Often, the law practice working on the case at that time, do not have the experience or ability to offer the full range of expertise and services that we at offer. If you change DBA Lawyers you don’t have to pay extra attorney fees. It cost you nothing and your have much to gain.