"All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly.
To believe none would be none so is something worse." - John Quincy Adams
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 most of the federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.
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, potentially years, of delay. All the different hoops you need to jump through to get Defense Base Act benefits can be intimidating, not only for you but an inexperienced lawyer as well.
There are two things that will give you and your family a big advatage when going up against the big DBA insurance company and their lawyers.
2. A well seasoned DBA attorney
The Truth Matters
When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more then the truth. Nothing. You must be straight forward and honest about every detail of your case. I have seen many cases where a client will exaggerate their pain or their injury and the Judge throws out the case.
Why? Because your credibility establishes the credibility of your claim. If the judge doesn't believe you than they are no going to believe your case. Simple as that.
Now another piece to the puzzle that you need to know is that the DBA insurance company is not on your side. They want to catch you in a lie or a false fact that you presented as if it were true. They are determined to smash your credibility because they make a lot of their money from delegitimizing DBA claims just like yours. And they'll do whatever it takes to make their money.
This is where the "preparation" comes in. Telling the whole, complete truth about your case requires you to go through complicated steps and sidestep traps that the DBA insurance company is sure to set out for you. So it's best to be prepared and know what those traps are going to look like.
I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy. So here are the "meat and potatoes" of the Defense Base Act listed out as clearly as humanly possible in my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap to The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. You can order it here for FREE. And before you commit to investing no money into this valuable guide, check out our 5-Star Amazon reviews.
Trust me that this book will help you and your family. It's helped dozens of others. Really, my only goal here is to make sure honest hard working folks like you don't get ripped off by these companies.
Hiring The Best of The Best
The other best thing you can do for you and your family in this stressful is find the very best, most specialized DBA lawyer out there. I know you want someone in your hometown of Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Franklin, Jackson, Bartlett, or Hendersonville. I get it. You want someone there to hold your hand every step of the way and tell you exactly what to do and when to do it. Who wouldn't want that kind of support at a time like this.
But know this: You don't have to settle for a local Tennessee lawyer who hasn't seen the Defense Base Act since their days in law school to get that kind of support. You can get that kind of emotional and professional support from a seasoned DBA law firm from across the U.S. You can still have someone hold your hand and guide you through every step of the process even if they don't live in the same town or city as you.
Hiring a local attorney who has been practicing law in Kingsport for the last 10 years might be a great lawyer, but that doesn't mean that they are a great DBA lawyer. They might not know about important deadlines or they might get overwhelmed by the huge amount of twists and turns that sit at every corner when dealing with the complexities of a DBA case. In the end they'll likely settle for far less than you and your family deserve. What are you going to do then?
The Turley and Mara Law Firm offers that Support
If you choose the Turley and Mara Law Firm as your representation you will get that real, clear, and empathetic treatment. We know every case is different and we know how hard this time is on you and your loved ones. It's the reason we make it one of priorities to treat you like family. It's the kind of treatment we would want if we were in your shoes so it's what we give.
Now we can't take on every DBA claim in the world. It's not possible, we know that. But that doesn't mean we can't still help.
This is why I offer my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, for FREE. This is why The Turley and Mara Law Firm's website is full of DBA information. This is why DBAradio, our DBA podcast, exists. We want you to be as prepared as possible. We want you to know what's going on with your case inside and outside of the courtroom. We want you to win.
Give us a call at one of our California offices today so we can further prepare you for your DBA case:
San Diego Office
7428 Trade Street
San Diego, CA 92121
1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
San Francisco Office
275 Battery St. Suite 1300
San Francisco, California, 94111
Los Angeles Office
3255 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1801
Los Angeles, California 90010