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If You Have Been Injured While Working Abroad, This is the Defense Base Act Page for You.

"Just good, old fashioned, unsweetened truth."

I am going to tell you the brutal truth when it comes to your case - no matter what. When there is clear and honest communication, you and your DBA case will be the better for it. So if you're looking for someone to tell it to you straight, you're in the right place. 

The most important thing that determines whether you win or lose your Defense Base Act case is your credibility. When you bring a DBA case to court, nothing is more important than your credibility. When I say "nothing", I really mean nothing is more important.  This means you have to be 100% honest about everything, all the time, to everyone.

The DBA insurance company lawyers and adjusters know that solid credibility is what wins DBA cases. They also know that they can make good money if they are able to find a reason to deligitimze your claim. So they will try their best to set out traps for good, hard-working folks like you and make you out to be a liar in front of the judge. It sounds harsh but honest folks fall for these tricks and taps every day. 

Know this: At every step of the legal process the insurance company is looking for discrepencies or mistakes in your case. Don't think for a minute that just because you have a legitimate injury and a legitimate case that they are going to go easier on you. They won't. 

How do I know? I have been representing folks like you for 25 years. My law firm is now the biggest DBA law firm on the west coast and one of the top two largest DBA law firms in the world that represents injured civilian contractors.


I Give You All the Resouces You Need to Win

I hate seeing good folks get screwed over by these big insurance companies, which is why I make every resource, experience and piece of knowedge I have about the DBA available to you for FREE.  

It is why I wrote the book Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap to The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve.

It is the "must read" for every civilian contractor who has been injured overseas. You can check out the others that it has helped here on Amazon.

You can request your FREE copy here.



I suggest that you read my book BEFORE you fill out any forms, sign any insurance company releases, talk to the adjuster, give a written or recorded statement or even hire a Defense Base Act attorney. My office will UPS you a free copy overnight and is there to prevent you from making any terrible mistakes with your DBA case like falling into a DBA incurance company trap or hiring the wrong DBA lawyer. 

I strongly recommend that you do as much research as possible before you make any serious decisions with your DBA claim. Knowledge is power. This website provides you with the power you are going to need to win your case.

Be sure to check out all of our great free articles before you take any important steps with your case including: 

These resources and more are avilable through our Article Library, FAQ page, or Blog. They are there to answer any and every question you might have about your specific DBA claim or the Defense Base Act in general. 



A Bit More About My Firm and Myself

My firm is one the top two largest Defense Base Act law firms in the world that represents seriously injured overseas civilian contractors. But no matter how big we get we have always had one core value: taking care of those civilian contractors who have been injured abroad and are coming back home to recover and be with their families.  

Because of that value we know that losing these DBA cases is not an option for our clients. We need to help them secure a bright and healthy future for them and their families. This is why I preach like a mantra to win your DBA case with the truth because it's the only way to win.

My firm is based in San Diego, California. San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast. This means that San Diego has a large population of shipyard workers, longshoremen and harbor workers that are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) and are looking for representation. They started coming to me in the 1980's.

And us being in San Diego and having this LHWCA experience is good news for you because The DBA is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. 

So when civilian contractors, whether they were ex-military, Special Forces, or linguists, started coming home to San Diego from Afghanistan and Iraq with serious injuries they were naturally referred to my firm. 

Now we have expanded to offices up the California coast in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Here are some of the awards and ackowledgements that I think sets my firm and myself apart:


"All necessary truth is its own evidence." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can't stress it enough. I can't repeat it enough times. But I will tell you again how important it is to always tell the truth. When you have a court case and you are asking for money, there is nothing is more important than your credibility.

No one wants to help out a liar. Not you, not me, not the judge. So make it easier for everyone by gathering your evidence, making sure that you got your facts straight and are being as honest as possible with every detail of your cliam. 

Remember that the DBA insurance companies are trying to make you out to be a liar. Don't fall for this trick and let them win. Avoid exaggerations when it comes to your pain, the injury, or the event that caused the injury. Don't lie about a previous injury that is related to your current one covered by the DBA. Don't tell your lawyer one thing and tell your doctor another. Be careful, prepare yourself and arm yourself with the most powerful weapon in court: the truth.



Your Next Steps

Order your FREE copy of Win Your Defense Base Act Case. I guaranteed it will be the most useful resource you'll have when going up against the DBA insurance companies.  It will not only give you the tools you need to win your DBA case, but also help you avoid the pitfalls that the DBA insurance companies are banking you will fall into.

Explore the website you already find yourself on. Take advantage of the plethora of FREE content we make available right here for you. Start studying, be ready for whatever the DBA law system throws at you.  


Need help right now?

Either fill out the contact form on this website or call us at: 619-234-2833

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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