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The Defense Base Act

The Defense Base Act (DBA), created in 1941, 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 DBA requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States.

The DBA Falls Under the Longshore Act

Under the provisions of the DBA, overseas federal military and public works contractors are subject to the same workers' compensation rules, including the same insurance requirements and same schedules of benefits for affected workers, as maritime firms covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).

The DBA provides no-fault coverage and is an exclusive remedy to injured workers. Injured workers and the survivors of workers killed on the job are entitled to benefits for employment-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths regardless of fault and are not permitted to sue their employers or the federal government for any types of damages caused by employment-related incidents. However, DBA employees can bring third party lawsuits against persons and/or entitles whom are legally entities which are not their employers.


Who am I?

My name is Bill Turley and I own one of the top two DBA law firms in the world. The Turley and Mara Law Firm represent injured civilian contractors from all over the world and fight for the DBA benefits that they deserve. 

My firm is located in San Diego, California. And that's the best news you could hear all day. This is because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast. When shipyard workers were injured, and those injuries were covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, they would would come to us for reprsentation. And as I mentioned earlier the Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore Act. I have been handling Longshore cases since 1987. 

So when overseas civilian contractors came home, injured and cheated by the DBA insurance companies, they were recommended to our office. Now, San Diego has a large military presence, both former and current members. When they get injured overseas aiding in the American war effort they come home and our office is one of the first places they go. 


Next Steps

Get my FREE DBA Guide, it has the top ten common questions asked about the Defense Base Act, helpful references, what to say to your doctor/adjustor and more.  I created this guide as a great tool for you to get an overview of the Defense Base Act basics. Within the DBA Guide you will notice at the bottom of each section I mention which pages you can reference in my Win Your Defence Base Act Book if you would like to go into more depth on a certain topic.  


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William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
Needs some advice/help with my rights as for as returning to work after medical leave.
Posted by David Quick on June 30, 2017 at 05:09 AM
If I suffer a back injury working as a contractor in Afghanistan and am sent to Dubai for exam or treatment, Am I required to pay out of pocket for treatment and transportation to Dubai and get reimbursement at a later date?
Posted by mike slusser on April 8, 2017 at 02:21 AM
I was in kuwait with no tickit home provided by the company. I had to pay my way home. I know they are obligated by law to provide this service.they stranded me at the airport and told me they could do nothing to help at the time. once i payed my way back home I tried talking to them and they are giving me the run around. what should I do?
Posted by ryan on August 22, 2016 at 08:18 PM
I'm an overseas security contractor working in Afghanistan and I was denied an arming agreement and am about to be wrongfully terminated and sent home due to a misread of my FBI background check. I brought up the mistake and was told even if I still meet the requirements, background wise, I was still being terminated. I've never been denied one before. I've had one with another company working from April 2014 to April 2015 for a Glock 17 & M4 as well as crew serve weapons. Being denied one now will effect my future employments with other company's and will put a wrench in my financial future that will most likely tarnish my secret clearance. Please help!
Posted by Lance Williams on September 30, 2015 at 07:47 PM

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