"My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness, and being on time. All very important lessons."
- Roger Moore
Having the Right DBA Lawyer Can Make All the Difference
Having the right Defense Base Act lawyer will usually mean whether you win or lose your DBA case. It's just how it is. A lot of folks from Virginia probably want a familiar face to represent them. Someone they kind of know and trust. This makes sense. I get it. I do. But here's the problem with hiring a lawyer that practices in Chesapeake, Richmond, Alexandria, Portsmouth, Charlottesville or Ashburn; they won't have the experience or knowledge to win your DBA case. Again, this is just how it is.
Local attorneys are just not likely to know the in's and out's of the Defense Base Act. This can lead to them missing important deadlines, getting overwhelmed and frazzled, eventually losing the case or settling for far less than what you and family deserve. This can create an unstable future for you and your loved ones, especially if you are not making the same amount of money you were before you got injured. And if we want to avoid anything it's this negative outcome.
If you are starting the process of building a sturdy foundation for your DBA case, start with hiring the best DBA attorney you can find, whether they live in Virginia or not. You'll thank me later.
We are based in San Diego and here is why should care:
We are based in San Diego, California. This is a benefit to you. Why? Because The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). Same law, same judges, same playing field. I have been handling LHWCA cases since for 25+ years, because San Diego has thousands of shipyard workers that are constantly in the need to representation. So even before civilian contractors were being sent out to Iraq and Afghanistan I was building a hefty portfolio with these kind of cases.
Now, The Turley and Mara Law Firm is the leading DBA law firm in the U.S. and one of the top two DBA law firms in the world.
But hey don't take my word for it, other people say it too:
Praise for Bill Turley
Awarded Super Lawyer 2011 - 2017
High San Francisco Avvo.com Rating
High San Diego Avvo.com Rating
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
The Other Half of The Battle
Look finding the best DBA lawyer, whether it be a member of my firm or not, is only half the battle. It's the first step of many. I tell you this because you need to know what you're going up against and what it is going to take for you to find success in the courtroom. I expect only two things from all of my DBA clients. If you bring these two things to the table I guarantee that you are one giant step closer to winning your DBA case and getting your medical and financial benefits.
2. The Truth
You probably don't know anything about the Defense Base Act or your rights under it. And that's ok. What's not ok is that you continue to know nothing about the DBA as you are presenting your DBA case. Preparation is a must. You must be as ready and equipped as your lawyer to fight the DBA insurance companies or else you are going to lose.
Start reading. I offer my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, for FREE here. It is the most straight-forward guide book that you are going to see on the market. It wil tell you exactly what to do and what to say in order to win your DBA case and avoid traps laid out by the enemy, the DBA insurance company.
I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy myself. Which is why I offer the "meat and potatoes", so to speak, of the Defense Base Act and DBA law practices on the Turley and Mara website. On our site there are pages and pages of content that cover everything from the basics to the in-depth instructions of how to discuss your overseas work injury with your doctor.
You will win you DBA case if the judge believes you and your claim. It is as simple as that.
That means you will have to tell the whole and complete truth about everything, all the time to everyone. There can be no secrets kept from or exaggerations of pain or injury told to you lawyer, your spouse, your colleagues, your kids, your doctor, the DBA insurance adjuster, no one.
You are proably thinking, "Duh". But the reality is that a lot of serverely injured overseas contractors just like you sometime say they "can't" do something when really the action just causes them a lot of pain but they can do it. It's a simple difference in language, but the DBA insuance company's lawyers will catch it and call you out for being a liar. These kind of details about the facts of a persons' case is usally what folks trip over and then lose their case.
So if you don't take anything from this page, at least take this: ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything that you have read here or want to learn more about getting started off on the right foot call us at our main office in San Diego at 619-234-2833 or toll free at 866-705-4617