You’re seriously injured. You may not be able to go back to work earning the kind of money you were before. You and your family are facing a tough future if that’s the case. What next? What are your going to do now? What do I need to know about the Defense Base Act? Do I even need a lawyer?
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating no B.S lawyer talk, and no double talk- just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth-just the way that I would want it.” -Bill Turley
When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more then the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straight forward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugar coat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get go.
The DBA insurance company is not on your side. They have traps laying around for you to fall in. And bet on it, if you do not follow the proper steps with your DBA case, you will fall right in.
Remember the DBA insurance company is not your friend. I strongly suggest you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. The book has plenty of great 5 Star Reviews on Amazon, and it is a guide to only help you succeed in your case.
Trust me. My only goal here is to make sure honest hard working folks like you, do not get ripped off by these companies.
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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.
How us being from San Diego helps 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. Let The Turley Law Firm put their experience to work for you.
This is why seriously injured DBA workers across America and across the world ask The Turley Law Firm to represent them.
Instead, of us telling you all this, we prefer to simply let our track record and our clients speak for us:
Awarded Super Lawyer 2011 through 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
Discuss your case with a Defense Base Act Lawyer
The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC understands that you have questions about your rights and safety, and are probably concerned what might happen to you if you are an injured worker under the Defense Base Act. We are committed to fighting to get you the justice you deserve, and maybe help you regain your peace of mind in the process.
Proceed With Care
“You must proceed carefully when applying for Defense Base Act benefits. One mistake in a doctor's record or a missing form can make the difference between immediate benefits or months, possibly years of delay. You will encounter a bureaucratic morass. All the different hoops you need to jump through to get Defense Base Act benefits can be intimidating. Having a seasoned DBA lawyer gives you a big advantage. The next best thing is using our website to win your DBA case.”
This website helps address these very issues. We do it with plain English. So everybody can understand it. We don’t give you fluff. We don’t give you generalities. We provide specific useful information about Defense Base Act Law.
Use this website to help you win your DBA case.
Here is a sample of our FREE content:
Calculating Average Weekly Wage Under the Defense Base Act
Average Weekly Wage is perhaps the most heavily litigated issue for Defense Base Act litigation. Average weekly wage (or AWW) is the one area where you can really lose money by being taken advantage of by the insurance claims adjuster. Here is an example.
Suppose you have earnings of $68,456.78 for the 52 weeks prior to your injury. You are a 5 day a week worker and you worked 245 days the year before.
52 weeks - Earned $68,456.78
Most Defense Base adjusters will calculate your AWW with basic math:
$68,456.78 divided by 52 = $1,316.47
$1,316.47 x 2/3 = $877.65
Thus, an $877.65 compensation rate.
If you have a question that you don’t find the answer to on our website, call us. Our legal assistants and attorneys can answer your questions. Just call us toll free at: 866-705-4617 or 619-234-2833
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