“No B.S. straight forward answers to your Defense Base Act questions. No legal mumbo-jumbo, lawyer talk.”
Don't tank your DBA case (you have to be ready to win your case with the truth)
Believe it or not, I am known for being straight up. Imagine that, a lawyer that is known for being blunt, no B.S.
I am not going to sugar coat it for you. If you are looking for pixie dust and having smoke blown up your skirt, than you should move along. But if you are looking for no B.S. advice, than you might want to pull up a chair and stay for a while.
Here is the deal. It is all about your credibility. If the Judge beleives you and your story - then you are probably going to win your DBA case. If the Judge doesn't buy what you are saying, you're hosed. You are probably going to lose. You have to win your case with the truth.
It sounds so simple. Then why do so many folks with legitimate cases tank their DBA case? Because they fall for the DBA insurance company's bag full of tricks and traps. Happens all the time. Only thing that changes are the names of the people involved.
Which is why I wrote the book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case. You can either pay good money by ordering it from Amazon.com or you can get it free on this website. I tell people all the time, don't beleive the hype that they read on the Internet. So, you don't have to listen to me about how great my book is. Instead, you should go to Amazon.com and read the dozens of 5 Star reviews.
Beware: Don't Get Out-Lawyered
Defense Base Act law is very, very different from State of North Carolina civil law and North Carolina workers compensation law. Again and again we see non-Defense Base Act lawyers really make a mess of a DBA case. Know this. The Defense Base Act insurance company lawyer is going to know DBA law inside and out. If you have a State law lawyer (North Carolina) you will be at a huge disadvantage in dealing with the insurance company. Knowing the right rules, laws and procedures usually means the difference between winning and losing your Defense Base Act case.
The point here is don't hire the first lawyer you talk to around the block or in the next town over, just because they are close to where you live.
I am from San Diego, California. I realize that is a long way from North Carolina. I also realize you may be looking for a North Carolina Defense Base Act lawyer. I get that. Don't blame you.
What you are going to see is that the most of the movers and shakers (read: firms that represent a lot of seriously injured overseas civilian contractors) are from coastal areas. That is because we cut our teeth, so to speak, on Longshore At cases. The DBA is an extension of the Longshore Act. Almost all the good DBA lawyers started off handling Longshore Act cases.
Today, my law firm is one of the top two largest law firms in the world that represents overseas civilian contractors in DBA cases. We are the largest on the West Coast.
My stong advice is that you try and find the best, honest DBA lawyer that will agree to take your case. That lawyer may not be nearby where you live. But you need to....
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Awarded Super Lawyer 2011-2017
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Invited to Speak on the Longshore Act / Defense Base Act at Maritime Personal Injury Seminar
New York Times Top Attorney
Elected President of the Consumer Attorneys
Testfied recently before California State Assembly and California State Senate on Labor Laws
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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.
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 The Turley Law Firm. 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.
Always tell the truth regarding your Defense Base Act injury claim. Whenever you go into court asking for money your credibility is always at issue. Don't fudge or exaggerate your claim or injuries. You only have one case and you don't get any "do-overs." Don't risk losing your case - - always tell the truth.
My best advice
You should read my book - Win Your Defense Base Act case before you talk to the DBA insurance company adjuster, sign any forms, give a statement or even hire the wrong DBA lawyer.
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