“We give you an insiders view of Defense Base Act Law. We don’t sugar coat it for you. Here, we give it to you straight. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth.” - Defense Base Act Attorney Bill Turley
My best advice
My best advice to you is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When bringing a court case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. The DBA insurance company is only to diminish your injury. If this happens, the Judge will rule against you and you will lose. Bank on it. I know I do.
My second best advice
Which brings me to my second best advice. The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company. In other words, they don’t know that they are messing up their case. Happens all the time. Well meaning honest folks get caught in one of the DBA insurance company traps.
Which is why I strongly suggest that you read my free book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. You don’t have to believe what I say about it - the book has dozens of 5 Star reviews on Amazon.com.
Win Your Defense Base Act Case is the best investment you are going to make. You can order it free here on this website or you can pay for it by ordering it from Amazon.com.
Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.
Strength vs. Weakness
You can't be afraid to protect your rights. If you want to get what you are entitled to under the DBA - you have to be ready to take your case to court. You have to be prepared to win. Hoping for a good settlement is a fool's errand. You want to and need to negotiate from a position of strength. You don't do that unless you are prepared to win in court.
A Knowledgeable DBA Lawyer Can Help
Having a lawyer who is experienced in handling Defense Base Act matters and dealing with insurance companies can mean all the difference between receiving medical treatment that is going to get your better and not obtaining the benefits you deserve under Defense Base Act laws.
The Bottom Line
So here is the deal: You need to make sure that the doctor that you choose as your Free Choice Of Physician is going to “call it the way they see it.” Meaning, the doctor will not lean towards the insurance company. At the end of the day, all you want is an honest doctor. Trouble is, very few DBA workers have any idea about how to find a doctor that is a patient advocate and not an insurance company hack. This why we strongly recommend you choose your Defense Base Act attorney before your choose your doctor.
Nation Wide DBA Practice
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.
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The Turley & Mara Law Firm was been
Awarded Super Lawyer 2011 -2017
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
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 & Mara Law Firm, APLC is America’s Leading Defense Base Act Law Firm.
Today, The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC 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.
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What Does Free Choice Of Physician Mean?
Generally, you don’t make your “free Choice Of Physician until you return back home after you are injured. For example, you may have received medical care in the country where you were injured. Or, you may have been flown to receive medical care in a foreign city. However, you don’t actually exercise your choice of doctors until you arrive at your home. Once you return home, who you choose as your physician is critically important to your case.
You are entitled to choose your doctor. Beware. A word to the wise should suffice. You must never let the DBA insurance adjuster or case manager suggest or choose your doctor. This can be a nightmare that you and your family don’t want to live.
Your Free Choice Begins After You Return Home
Under the Defense Base Act you are entitled to a “first free choice of physician.” Generally, you don’t make your “free Choice Of Physician until you return back home after you are injured. For example, you may have received medical care in the country where you were injured. Or, you may have been flown to receive medical care in a foreign city. However, you don’t actually exercise your choice of doctors until you arrive at your home. Once you return home, who you choose as your physician is critically important to your case.
Your Doctor Has A Presumption
Under the DBA, your doctor is entitled to a presumption that their opinion regarding the care you need and your resulting disability is correct. A presumption means that the Judge is supposed to initially credit your doctor’s opinion over the DBA insurance company. While the Judge can and sometimes will credit the DBA insurance company doctor over you doctor, if your doctors opinions are well reasoned and not conclusory - then you have a real good shot of having the Judge believe and credit your doctor.
Trouble arises when your doctor gives opinions which are favorable to the DBA insurance company and not you. Big trouble. When your doctor goes against you - it is up uphill battle.
This is one of the main reasons why we counsel our clients to be completely candid with their doctor. We tell them to be painfully frank and honest with their doctor. If your doctor trusts and believes you - then they are more likely to provide opinions which help you. Conversely, if your doctor doesn’t believe you and trust you - then they are more likely to issue medical findings which do not help your case or worse, actually hurt your case.
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