“If you are a seriously injured Defense Base Act worker - you need to know the facts of life. We give it too you straight. No sugar added. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth.” -Defense Base Act Attorney Bill Turley
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?
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 lawyer is going to try and make you look like you are lying. 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. Don't be one those folks.
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.
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Why Hire Defense Base Trial Attorneys?
We have been doing this since 1987. We know what we are doing.
Sure, you are supposed to be receiving DBA benefits. However, determining your eligibility for DBA benefits and value of the compensation you are entitled can create complex legal issues.
The DBA insurance company wants to limit the amount of compensation it pays you. The DBA insurance company hides behind the complexity of the DBA system to keep from paying you and your family the DBA benefits you deserve. They use legal smoke clouds to confuse the issues and keep you from getting the compensation you need and deserve.
This is when the help of a seasoned DBA lawyer is usually required to get you your DBA benefits. We can help you fight through these legal disputes so you get the benefits you deserve.
The DBA Insurance Adjuster Is Not On Your Side
The Defense Base Act Insurance companies are not on your side. Even in cases where the right to benefits is clear and undisputed, insurance companies will deny claims. DBA insurance company’s deny legitimate claims every day. It can happen to you. If it does, you don’t want to be wasting valuable time looking for and hiring an attorney. In addition, a good DBA attorney can oftentimes take steps to avoid benefits from being stopped.
The Benefits of Working with a Defense Base Act Attorney
Having a highly skilled and experienced and determined lawyer at your side to protect you from any negative ramifications of your Defense Base Act claim is very important. DBA benefits were designed to protect you from financial losses during times of injury.
Filing a DBA claim can become a complex process in a hurry. With the representation of a knowledgeable Defense Base lawyer, you can be confident that your rights will be protected and you will receive the best possible recovery to cover the costs of your injury.
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.
You Need To Take Action
Your employer/ carrier is obligated to provide you reasonable medical treatment and temporary total disability benefits under the Defense Base Act. Too often the carrier will arbitrarily refuse to pay or stop paying for medical treatment and will stop your workers' compensation checks. The insurance carrier will controvert your DBA claim.
Doing nothing is not the best option. If your Defense Base Act medical benefits or workers compensation - TTD checks - are denied or the insurance carrier refuses to pay for your medical treatment or TTD you need to take action. Now. See this website for free information on the DBA. This is the most comprehensive DBA website.
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Defense Base Act Payment Provisions That Are Specific to Aliens and Non-U.S. Residents
There are two provisions of the DBA that are specific to non-U.S. residents.
First, cases involving aliens and non-U.S. residents can be resolved by commuting benefits paid for permanent disability and death. In such cases, a one-time lump sum payment may be issued by the employer/carrier representing half of the present value of future compensation as determined by the OWCP District Director. Medical benefits may not be commuted, however.
Second, DBA Death benefits may be paid only to the surviving spouse or child or children, or if no surviving spouse or child or children, to dependent parents.
Defense Base Act Law: What to do When You are Injured at Work
First, get emergency medical treatment.
Second, in an emergency or if you are unable to contact your employer, go to the nearest hospital or physician, but be sure to let your employer know as soon as possible.
If the treatment is not emergency in nature, you will have to notify your employer before you receive the treatment. If you are still abroad or “in theater” this is not a huge issue. Once you return home, it is very important to provide notice to the DBA insurance company before you receive medical treatment.
Third, NOTIFY YOUR EMPLOYER IMMEDIATELY. It doesn’t have to be all fancy. You can report your injury verbally. But you should always provide written verification. How? It’s simple. Send a confirming email.
“This email is to confirm I told you I injured my back this morning while lifting a box.”
That’s all it takes. Be sure to send a copy to yourself, so you can later prove you sent the email.
The Aggravation Rule
You are going to have to be able to prove suffered a harm while working as a DBA employee. In addition, you are going to have to be able to prove a work-related accident occurred (work-related for DBA workers means you had an accident while working abroad - even if the accident occurred during “time-off”) or that working conditions existed which could have caused or aggravated the harm.
The aggravation rule provides that the DBA insurance company is liable for the totality of your disability if the work injury aggravates a pre-existing condition. You are not required to affirmatively prove that your work injury in fact caused or aggravated the harm. Rather, you need establish only that the work injury could have caused or aggravated the harm alleged.
Giving Clients the Personal Attention They Deserve
Bill Turley is dedicated to giving clients the personal attention they deserve and does not believe in a “volume, factory type” of approach in which each client is run through a “mill”. Instead, The Turley Law Firm is focused on a personal approach to case management, while aggressively pursuing benefits from Defense Base Act insurance companies.
Over the years, Bill Turley has earned a distinguished reputation as one of the most skilled trial attorneys in California and across America.
We don’t mean to suggest the only way someone can be a really good Defense Base Act lawyer is to have fantastic ratings, get great reviews, win prestigious lawyer awards, be asked to teach other lawyers at lawyer seminars and be elected to lead lawyer organizations. What these things do mean is that people that do know good lawyers from bad lawyers have chosen us for these honors.
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
If you have questions about your DBA case call us today!
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