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The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC

Oklahoma Defense Base Act Attorney

"We recommend that you don’t  sign any authorizations forms  or give a recorded or written statement.  If the Defense Base Act insurance adjuster is trying to pressure you to sign authorizations or give a statement - you should call us immediately.  They are only going to use the statement and documents they receive to deny  your claim."  Leading Defense Base act Lawyer - Bill Turley


Okalhoma Defense Base Act Attorney- Bill Turley

“I’ll tell you what the public likes more then anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world-honesty.” -Merle Haggard        

My Best Advice

Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat their case, it will help them win more money. 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. 

The Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act (DBA), created in 1941, extended the federal workers' compensation program for longshore and harbor workers, initially to persons working on American military bases abroad and then to most federal contractors working outside of the United States.

The DBA requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.

The DBA Falls Under the Longshore Act

Under the provisions of the DBA, overseas federal military and public works contractors are subject to the same workers' compensation rules, including the same insurance requirements and same schedules of benefits for affected workers, as maritime firms covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).

The DBA provides no-fault coverage and is an exclusive remedy to injured workers. Injured workers and the survivors of workers killed on the job are entitled to benefits for employment-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths regardless of fault and are not permitted to sue their employers or the federal government for any types of damages caused by employment-related incidents. However, DBA employees can bring third party lawsuits against persons and/or entitles whom are legally entities which are not their employers.

Why Us Being Based In San Diego Is A Benefit To 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. 

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 family’s across the USA and around the world.  We can help you and our family get the compensation you deserve

Our Reputation is Success

Since 1987, the insurance companies have respected us for how we fight for our clients.  This respect is a benefit clients receive when they choose The Turley Law Firm.  The recognition the legal industry has given us helps us succeed for our clients.  You want a lawyer that is going to be able to stand up to the insurance company. You want a lawyer that is going to get the maximum recovery for your case.  You don’t want a lawyer that has a learning curve to understand the issues in your case. You want the best. 

The Turley Law Firm:

     Awarded Super Lawyer 2011 and 2012

     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



You Don’t Want To Be Blood In The Water

The DBA insurance companies hire insurance adjusters and attorneys that know the Defense Base Act rules forwards and backwards.  They hire sharks. Literally.   These sharks will eat up your case in a second. Depend on it. We sure do. So should you.

“If you can find a better Defense Base Act Lawyer, hire them.”

DBA Employers We Take On

Examples of some of 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.


Defense Base Act Law Guide

Welcome to the Defense Base Act Law Guide.  We provide free relevant information to help you research and win your Defense Base Act case.  Use this website to help win your DBA case.


Here is a sample of our FREE content:


Defense Base Act Labor Market Surveys - What is the Purpose of a DBA Labor Market Survey? 

Under the Defense Base Act, the DBA insurance company may try and use a Labor Market Survey in order to reduce your DBA benefits.  In order to understand what the purpose of the Labor Market Survey, you need to first understand the difference between scheduled injuries and unscheduled injures under the DBA. 

Under the DBA if you have an  unscheduled injury than your permanent disability benefits are based upon your wage loss. Meaning the difference between what you made as a DBA employee and what you are able to earn in your geographical area considering your physical disability, education, aptitudes and work experience.

The insurance company will set up an appointment for you to meet with their Labor Market Survey person.  This person will try and find jobs in your geographical area that you can perform.  Then the DBA insurance company will try and use these jobs to decrease your weekly permanent disability award.

A Labor Market Survey Example   

For example: You earned $2,200 per week as a DBA employee. You had a disabling back injury that prevents you from returning to work at your DBA employment.  You return to your geographical area (say, Fresno, California).   The Labor Market Survey states that there are jobs that you are qualified to perform in the Fresno area where you can earn $1,900 considering your  physical disability, education, aptitudes and work experience.

If the Judge believes and credits  the Labor Market Survey - your weekly permanent disability award  will be as follows:

        $   300
        2/3 x $300 = $200

Thus, you will be entitled to a weekly disability award of $200 for the rest of your life or until you earn more than $1,900 a week, at which point your weekly disability payment will be reduced accordingly.

If the Judge did not believe and/or credit the Labor Market Survey you might be entitled to the maximum DBA compensation rate for the rest of your life:


As you see here - the Labor Market Survey was drastically reduce your weekly compensation award. 

The Teaching Point:

Make sure your DBA Lawyer understands how to defeat and discredit Labor Market Surveys.

Labor Market Survey: A Tool To Reduce You and Your Family’s DBA Benefits

The insurance company will set up an appointment for you to meet with their Labor Market Survey person.  This person will try and find jobs in your geographical area that you can perform.  Then the DBA insurance company will try and use these jobs to decrease your weekly permanent disability award.

Make sure your DBA Lawyer understands how to defeat and discredit Labor Market Surveys.


San Diego Office

625 Broadway, Suite 635
San Diego, California 92101


Oakland Office

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


San Francisco Office

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


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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