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American Overseas Civilian Contractor Lawyer - Bill Turley
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.
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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 Defense Base Act provides no-fault coverage and is an exclusive remedy to injured workers. These 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 entities who are legally entities which are not their employers.
Who am I?
My name is Bill Turley and I've had one of the two largest Defense Base Act law firms in the world. I have represented hundreds and hundreds of seriously injured civilian contractors from all over the world. We fight for the DBA benefits that they deserve. Make no mistake about it. It is a fight. Or at least it will be in order to get you all the money benefits and medical treatment that you are entitled to. In other words, even if you're getting DBA benefits now, it doesn't mean that you won't be in for a fight at some point. Whether it's for a lump-sum settlement or a weekly disability payment - make no mistake about it - you have a fight on your hands.
Not to suggest that you should be rude or not polite with the adjuster and/or the insurance company lawyer. You should be professional all the time. It's just that you need to realize that the insurance company is not your friend.
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 representation. 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 - whether it be in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Marshall Islands or even Antarctica, they often get referred to me.
What type of person are you? There are no directions for a DBA case (except my 5 Star book)
There are two types of people in the world. First, is the type of person that will read the directions before they use a new product, electronic device or gismo.
Second, is the type of person that will figure it out for themselves and if and only if they can’t figure it out, they will maybe look for the directions. Maybe. Sound familiar?
Taking either one of these approaches can be disastrous for your Defense Base Act case. First, other than my 5 Star book (which you can buy here on amazon.com or you can get a free copy here) - there really aren’t any directions for your DBA case.
Which the DBA insurance company loves because they are trying to find ways to deny your claim. They’re hoping you make one of the mistakes that well meaning folks with legitimate claims make all the time, so they can deny your claim and not pay you your DBA benefits.
Second, this is why you probably need the best, honest DBA lawyer that will agree to take your case. I suggest you check out this article on the Top 10 DBA Questions (See Questions 2,4, and 6....they’re about why DBA lawyers and the like...).
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/adjuster 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 Defense Base Act Book if you would like to go into more depth on a certain topic.
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You can order your free copy on this website. I strongly suggest you read my book before you sign any forms, give a recorded or written statement, talk to the adjuster or even hire the WRONG lawyer. The book will help you find the best American Overseas Civilian Contractor Lawyer.
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This article isn't legal advice
These discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. These testimonials, endorsements, photos and/or discussions do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, or your particular case/ situation. Every case is different. There are any number of reasons why DBA cases are not won and/or are not as successful folks might have hoped for.
Just because we have gotten great results in so many other Defense Base Act cases, doesn't guarantee in particular result in other cases. Including, your DBA case. Every case is different.