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The Best American Overseas Civilian Contractor Lawyer

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American Overseas Civilian Contractor Lawyer - Bill Turley

Best overseas civilian contractor lawyer - attorney - 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. 

If you're looking for the best the Best American Overseas Civilian Contractor Lawyer - I suggest you pull up a chair and stay awhile. 


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...). 


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/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.  

You're not in Kansas anymore

If you're a seriously injured overseas civilian contractor, you didn't sign up for this. Meaning, a Defense Base Act case. It certainly wasn't in the brochure. Meaning, you're not in Kansas anymore.     
Instead, you are in a very different battle now. Now you are battling an insurance company for your money disability benefits and medical treatment.  What you are going to see is that things aren't what they may seem to be. 

Here is the best advice you're going to get on your DBA case

My very best advice is for you to always tell the truth. Don't fudge, exaggerate or the like. But, don't think for a New York second that just because you're telling the truth, that you'll win your DBA case. It isn't that easy. In fact, it's usually far from it. Actually it's really far. 

An insider's view of the Defense Base Act 

I strongly recommend that you immediately get a copy of my book - Win Your Defense Base Act CaseYou can get a free copy of my book
Win Your Defense Base Act Case - Bill Turley
5 Stars on Amazon.com
I try to answer a lot of your DBA questions on this website. But nothing is better than reading the 5 Star book on Amazon.com - Win Your Defense Base Act Case.

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. 


Need help right now?


Call us at 619-304-1000  - If you call after regular business hours, when you leave a message, be sure to repeat your name and telephone number twice, so we get it correctly. And be sure to indicate whether it's okay if we respond by text.


Text us at 858-281-8008 - Be sure and put "new DBA case" in your text.


Or you can leave us a message on this web page.


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.

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“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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