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Injured Working For The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX)

Straight Talk: no sugar added.  No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth.  CGX Workers' Compensation Attorney - Bill Turley


U.S. Coast Guard Exchange Workers' Compensation Attorney I  CGX Injury Lawyer - - Bill Turley


If you are an injured seaman, you have rights to be protected. The first thing after you are injured is that you should always tell the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility with the judge and your lawyer. No matter what type of injury or how you were injured, you should never sugarcoat or exaggerate anything. 

The best thing you can do before you go to court is research as much information as you can about your Jones Act Case. I have handled these types of cases since the 1980's. I have gained valuable and helpful knowledge on handle these cases. Order my Free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [ Even before you hire a lawyer] It is full of useful and helpful information on how to handle your Jones Act Case from beginning to end.

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America’s Leading Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act   Attorney

     Awarded Super Lawyer 2011-2017

     Highest Rated NIFA Lawyer      San Francisco Avvo.com Rating    San Diego Avvo.com Rating

     Invited to Speak on the Longshore Act / NIFA at 2011 Maritime Personal Injury Seminar

     New York Times 2011 Top Attorney

     Elected President of the Consumer Attorneys

     Metro 2012 Best Lawyer Award


Coast Guard Exchange (CGX)

The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) are retail stores for U.S. Coast Guard personnel, their dependents and retirees. The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) is a support organizations within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).CGX is a military activity that operates as a business enterprise.  

CGX’s are located throughout the United States and abroad.  Some of th profits generated from the CGX provides funding for the Morale, Well-being, and Recreation (MWR) fund.

I was injured while working for the CGX - am I Covered by Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act?

The Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NIFA) is the workers’ compensation program for  Exchange and MWR employees.  If you were injured or suffered an occupational injury while working for the Coast Guard Exchange than you need to bring a claim under the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NIFA).

The Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NIFA) is a workers’ compensation program that actually falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. (LHWCA).   In addition, the Defense Base Act (DBA) also falls under the LHWCA.  

NIFA workers’ compensation claims fall under federal law. You shouldn’t confuse NIFA claims with a Federal Employers Compansation Act (FECA)) claim. They are very, very different.

If you are a seriously injured CGX employee you may have a difficult time finding a lawyer that understands NIFA cases.  The last thing you need is a State workers’ compensation lawyer.  


How Long Do I Have To File For NIFA Benefits?

A written claim for Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act benefits must be filed in the office of the OWCP district director within one year of the injury or within one year from the last payment of compensation, whichever is later.

However, as a practical matter, you should file for NIFA benefits as soon as possible. Every day you wait to file increases the chances of your claim being denied.  Once the adjuster  denies your claim (by filing a LS-207 Notice of Controversion); it is usually difficult to get them to voluntarily reinstate your benefits. 


Quick NIFA Serious Injury Checklist:

    Are you concerned that your injury will affect your job?
    Are you concerned about maintaining your good credit?
    Are you concerned you need better medical care?
    Are you unsure of what’s happening in your case?
    Do you just need to ask a couple of questions?

    If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, call us now at 866-705-4617

Free Choice Physician

You get one free choice physician under the NIFA. It is very important that you do not select  the wrong doctor.  You should never  chose a doctor suggested by the insurance adjuster.


The Bottom Line - Get A Straight Up Doctor

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 CGX workers have any idea about how to find a doctor that is a patient advocate and not an insurance company hack. Which is exactly why we recommend you choose your NIFA  attorney before your choose your doctor.


Us Being Based In San Diego Is A Benefit To You

We are based in San Diego, California. You will see this is a benefit to you. Few NIFA lawyers have been handling these cases longer than us. The Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities 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 Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act  cases.

San Diego is the biggest military town in the United States.  San Diego has many, many  NIFA employees.  Which explains why we are asked by NIFA employees across America and around the world tho help them when they have a serious injury.

A Local Lawyer vs. a Seasoned  Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act Lawyer

You are cautioned not to hire a “local lawyer” just because they are physically close to where you live.  We see folks make this mistake time and again. When this happens, we will usually get a call from the local lawyer once they see they are over their heads, so to speak. You don’t want your local lawyer to be “learning on the job.”  Not when they are learning with your case and your future at stake.  The sooner you call us, the less mistakes we are going to have to try and fix later.

On the other hand, if you did make a mistake and hire a local workers’ compensation lawyer - call us - we can sometimes fix  cases after a local lawyer messes them up.


Always Tell The Truth

You only get one chance in court. If the Judge sees you have lied to them or sees you have been untruthful with them then they will vote against you.  You need a lawyer that has the skill and courage to win your case with the truth.   Always tell the truth when you are asking for money in a court case. Always. Judges will forgive a whole lot if you are honest with them.  Nobody forgives someone that lies to them. Would you?



Injured Working For Coast Guard Exchange

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