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Does My DBA Case Fall Under the War Hazards Compensation Act?

War Hazards Compensation Act Attorney Straight Talk

"Here - we give you War Hazards Compensation Act Attorney Straight Talk. If you are a seriously injured War Hazards Compensation Act  Worker you need to hear the truth. We give it too you straight up.  Just good old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth. We tell you the truth, even if that isn't what you want to hear."

War Hazards Compensation Act Attorney - Bill Turley

My Best Advice

Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat their case, it will help them win their case. Wrong.

You have to be up-front, honest, and truthful to your attorney and the judge. If a judge suspects your not telling the truth, you can say goodbye to your case. Count on it. I have seen it time and time again.

My Second Best Advice

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The Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act (DBA) was created in 1941. The DBA 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 Defense Base Act requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.  The DBA is a federal workers' compensation system that is largely wage driven. Meaning, the benefits injured workers are entitled to are determined by the workers' wages.

War Hazards Compensation Act

Workers’ compensation coverage under the War Hazards Compensation Act is for injuries to qualified overseas employees which  results from a war risk hazard. The employees are typically those covered by the Defense Base Act and the Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act.

Does My Case Fall Under the WHCA?

In order to fall under the WHCA, the injury must occur outside of the United States. And the employee must not be an active-duty member of the Armed Forces.

Most War Hazards Compensation Act (“WHCA”) cases are situations where a Defense Base Act worker is injured by a war-risk hazard.   War-risk hazards usually concerns a hostile action. They include the violent actions of a hostile force or person, or an aircraft or vessel mishap in a zone of hostilities.      

The War Hazards Compensation Act also applies to:

1. Persons detained by hostile forces.
2. Persons missing under circumstances supporting an inference that the absence is a result of a hostile action.
3. Persons marooned due to the failure of the United States or its contractors to repatriate.


America’s Leading WHCA/ DBA Attorney

     Awarded Super Lawyer 2011-2017

     Highest Rated DBA Lawyer      San Francisco Avvo.com Rating    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


It really is all about the truth

Never exaggerate your injuries or symptoms. You must always tell the truth. The more painful the truth is - the more important it is that you go with the truth.  Don’t lose your DBA case because you didn’t tell the truth.


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.  We have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987.  Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers and San Diego’s  waterfront, we have gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience helps us win Defense Base Act cases.

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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