"The high road is always respected. Honesty and integrity are always rewarded." - Scott Hamilton
"Where do I start?"
If you are a seriously injured Defense Base Act worker you are probably concerned about what impact your injuries are going to have on your economic future. What are you and your family going to do if you can’t earn the kind of money that you were able to make as a DBA worker? How is that loss going to impact your future?
A thousand questions are likely running through your mind:
"Should I be speaking to the Defense Base Act insurance adjuster?"
"Should I give a recorded statement?"
"How do I make sure I am treating with the best doctors?"
"How do I find the right doctors?" "
Should I hire a local Pensylvania Lawyer or a National Defense Base Act Lawyer?"
You want answers The Turley and Mara Law Firm has them. You can explore our website for valuable, straight-forward content on all things DBA. But if you are just looking for the meat and potatoes smashed together in a quick read, check out my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, which you can order for FREE.
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After you get those burning questions answered you are going to need to find yourself the best DBA lawyer you can find. And when I say the best, I mean the best of the best. So are you going to find this top notch DBA lawyer in Pennyslvania? It's not too likely.
A Local Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Lawyer VS. A Seasoned Defense Base Act Lawyer
You are cautioned not to hire a “local lawyer” just because they are physically close to where you live. You need a lawyer that can take on and beat the Defense Base Act insurance company lawyers. Remember when I said you need the best? Well you need a DBA lawyer that knows the in's and out's of the DBA just like the DBA insurance company's lawyers do.
Plain and simple: It's the only way you're going to win.
Pros of hiring a Seasoned Defense Base Act Lawyer:
They have experience. They have seen cases like yours over and over again. Even though not every case can be handled the same way, they have the experience of attacking DBA cases from multiple different angles. They know what kind of crap the DBA insurance companies are going to pull and they're going to be ready for it.
The DBA Insurance Companies and Lawyers know them. At the Turley and Mara Law Firm the DBA insurance companies know who we are, as they see us time and time again, and they respect us for the battles we fight. The know we have good client and they know we know what we're doing and that's an advantage.
Their reputation is success. They win. Plain and simple and people know it. Again, you can't believe everything you read on the internet so why not let these folks tell you instead about my success with DBA cases:
Named Super Lawyer 2011 - 2018
Awarded Nations Top 1% 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
Cons of hiring A Local Pennsylvania Lawyer:
They're not prepared. Your DBA lawyer should be an expert when it comes to the Defense Base Act. They should know that it is an extnsion of the Longshore Act. They should know how to avoid the traps laid out by the DBA insurance companies. They should know how you should speak to the DBA insurance adjuster. If they don't know any of this they are going to get overwhelmed, stressed and frustrated. That's not how you want your lawyer to be.
They're "learning on the job". You want someone that knows the in's and out's of the DBA. You don't want someone who is just like you and learning about the DBA for the first time. How are they going to win your case and get you ALL the benefits you are entitled to if they're just learning all the rules of DBA cases now?
They're really expensive. In most DBA cases, you should not be paying your attorney fees. If you win your case the DBA insurance company will cover all of your attorney fees and that's how it should be. If you hire a local inexperienced lawyer they might not know that and you will be charged A LOT of money.
Whether you decide to go with a lawyer based in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Allentown, Reading, or Scranton of you go with a more experienced out-of-state lawyer to represent you and your DBA case; you need to be prepared.
Do yourself a favor and get my FREE book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, or go through the multiple pages of informative content listed on our site.
If you have any questions or concerns on anything you read, give us a call at our office in San Diego: 619-234-2833