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How much will my DBA disability check be? Defense Base Act: Maximum and Minimum Compensation Rates


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When it comes to the ins and outs of filing a DBA claim, the first step you must take, is always tell the truth. Under no circumstances should you ever sugarcoat anything. The moment you start to over exaggerate your injury, is the moment you can kiss you case good bye. Count on it.

I have seen it happen to many hard working civilian contractors before.

 Best Phoenix DBA Attorney Lawyer Bill Turley

Never tell a lie, and always tell the truth. Your credibility with the Defense Base Act insurance company and the Judge depend on it.

Before you fill out any forms or start the process of your DBA claim, you need to do your research. 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.

Check out all the 5 star reviews for my book on Amazon.com. These reviews were written by folks like yourself, who have read my book. 

It is full of helpful information that will only benefit you on your road to recovery with your Defense Base Act Claim.

 Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.

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Phoenix Defense Base Act Lawyer

We stand up to the Defense Base Act insurance company that is trying to keep you from getting needed medical treatment and weekly compensation benefits. 619-234-2833 or toll free at 866-705-4617.


Research Your Defense Base Act Case

This website provides information for persons involved in Defense Base Act injuries. We provide vital information so you can make informed decisions regarding your DBA case.

We have the most comprehensive Defense Base Act website.

We Focus on the Details So You Can Focus on Your Recovery

Led by founder and principal attorney Bill Turley, our lawyers and professional support staff are fully committed to being accessible and accountable to you. We are in your service and are ready to do all we can to quickly move you through the system and on to rebuilding your life.


Nation Wide Practice

We are asked by injured DBA workers across the United States 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.


How Much Will My Defense Base Act Temporary Total Disability Check Be For?


Defense Base Act: Maximum and Minimum Compensation Rates

One question we commonly are asked by DBA clients is, "How much will my DBA checks be for?" Which, of course, depends on your Average Weekly Wage (AWW). Generally, you are entitled to 2/3 of your AWW for your compensation rate.

Because DBA workers are usually relatively well paid, most DBA employees receive the maximum compensation rate. The following are the Maximum and Minimum compensation rates. Note that the maximum compensation rate changes every year.

Time Period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1,256.84
Minimum Compensation Rate: $314.21

Time Period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2010

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1,224.66
Minimum Compensation Rate: $306.17

Time Period: 10/01/2008 - 09/30/2009

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1,200.62
Minimum Compensation Rate: $300.16

Time Period: 10/01/2007 - 09/30/2008

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1,160.36
Minimum Compensation Rate: $290.09

Time Period: 10/01/2006 - 09/30/2007

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1114.44
Minimum Compensation Rate: $278.61

Time Period: 10/01/2005 - 09/30/2006

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1073.64
Minimum Compensation Rate: $268.41

Time Period: 10/01/2004 - 09/30/2005

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1,047.16
Minimum Compensation Rate: $261.79

Time Period: 10/01/2003 - 09/30/2004

Maximum Compensation Rate: $1,030.78
Minimum Compensation Rate: $257.70

Time Period: 10/01/2002 - 09/30/2003

Maximum Compensation Rate: $996.54
Minimum Compensation Rate: $249.14

Time Period: 10/01/2001 - 09/30/2002

Maximum Compensation Rate: $966.08
Minimum Compensation Rate: $241.52

Time Period: 10/01/2000 - 09/30/2001

Maximum Compensation Rate: $933.82
Minimum Compensation Rate: $233.46

Time Period: 10/01/1999 - 09/30/2000

Maximum Compensation Rate: $901.28
Minimum Compensation Rate: $225.32


Advocate for You Against the Defense Base Act Insurance Company

The way the Defense Base Act system is set up is the company doctor will disagree with your doctor over needed medical treatment and disability. This is when you need a seasoned lawyer taking on the insurance company.

Bill Turley has been practicing law for over 25 years. He knows who the best doctors are, so you can receive the benefits to which you are entitled. He knows the very good doctors who have treated their patients with respect and with attention to their medical condition.


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Experienced Phoenix Defense Base Act Attorneys

Workers' compensation often -- referred to as workers' comp or workman's comp, is a benefit paid to workers injured on the job. Federal law requires DBA employers to carry Defense Base Act insurance coverage. However, since claims are one of the factors in determining premium levels, employers and insurers often deny claims. At The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC we are committed to helping injured workers obtain fair compensation for workplace injuries.


Offering Clients Peace of Mind

When you are seriously injured in a Defense Base Act accident, you need to know your attorneys are doing everything they possibly can to get you the best medical treatment and current benefits. You need to know that your legal rights are being vigorously protected. You need to sleep at night knowing you have the best lawyer for your case. We can give you that kind of peace of mind. What lawyer you select makes all the difference in whether you prevail in your DBA case. We have been helping workers and their families since the 1980's. We put the client first. Always.

Our work injury firm has been effectively handling LHWCA (the DBA is administered though the LHWCA) cases of all types since the late 1980's by putting the client first.


Why should I hire the Turley & Mara Law Firm when you are in California?

We get calls from Defense Base Act clients 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 Arizona. 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 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 Arizona. But we are Arizona Defense Base Act Lawyers. Meaning we accept cases from Arizona.


How can you take a client in Arizona when you are not an Arizona lawyer?

The Defense Base Act is federal law. The Defense Base Act is a type of federal workers compensation program. Technically, you don't need a lawyer to handle your DBA case. Your brother in law can represent you. And he will probably do a similar job as the local Arizona lawyer you hire will do.

Here is the best advice you are going to get. You are much better off hiring an out of state DBA attorney than a local attorney that isn't experienced with either the Longshore Act or Defense Base Act or both.

So if you don't call us - be sure to call an experienced DBA attorney.

We are located in San Diego, California. San Diego has a big military presence and a lot of Longshore and Harbor Workers.


There is one maritime Lawyer in Arizona!

Remember, the Defense Base Act is part of the Longshore Act. That's why maritime lawyers are the most experienced DBA attorneys. The DBA is considered part of maritime law.

Avvo.com is the number one attorney rating website in America. According to Avvo.com there is one maritime lawyer in Arizona. You should go to his website. Seriously.

The highest rated San Diego Maritime Lawyer (the DBA is part of maritime law/ Longshore Act).


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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