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ABM Overseas Civilian Contractors Covered by the DBA, Listen Up.

ABM and the Defense Base Act
“I give you an insider’s view of Defense Base Act Law, with no sugar coating. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Ever."
Defense Base Act Lawyer Bill Turley


I know what I’m doing, I’ve got this…

These are famous last words. These are usually last words attributed to a person before their death.... 

Here, we’re not talking about your literal death. More likely we’re talking about the death of your DBA case. Not good. On any level. 

A lot of folks try and represent themselves with their DBA case. And, unfortunately, they tank their case. They end up falling for one of the DBA insurance company’s tricks and traps. And they jack up their case. 

I’ve seen it time and again over the years. That’s why I wrote the book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case.  

I strongly suggest that you read this book BEFORE you try and represent yourself, talk to the DBA insurance adjuster, sign any forms or give a statement or do anything else that will jack up your DBA case. 

You might also want to check out these reviews of the book on amazon.com.



ABM and the DBA

On the ABM website, ABM claims that their “passion is building value”. Under their “careers” page they write “We diligently work visibly and behind the scenes to elevate our clients’ brand image and ensure every interaction with their customers results in a first-rate experience that inspires customer loyalty, patronage, and leaves a long-lasting impression.”

But what about offering the same care and understanding that is provided to the ABM customers to ABM’s employees? ABM is committed “to attracting and retaining the best employees” but what about committing to taking care of those “best employees” when things go sour abroad?

If you are an overseas civilian contractor working for ABM you are likely covered under the Defense Base Act. This means that if you are injured while working abroad you are entitled to financial and medical benefits. This is where that care, concern and understanding reaches the employees of ABM.


Sadly, It's Never That Simple

Sadly, it is highly likely that if you have been injured while working for ABM overseas and are sent home then you will not get these financial and medical benefits right away. In fact, you might not get them at all if you do not file a Defense Base Act claim with the Department of Labor a year after your injury occurred or after the last day you have received compensation from ABM (whichever comes last).

You also might not get all the benefits you have a right to or not get any if you don’t hire a DBA lawyer to represent you and your claim. You might not get all those benefits if you aren’t prepared to tell the truth about every detail regarding your DBA claim while in court. You will not get all these benefits if you fall into one of the traps laid out by the DBA insurance companies. Like I said, it’s not that simple.

Getting Answers to your DBA Questions

Understanding the Defense Base Act is not easy, we know this. That is why we've posted so much information on our website, and we want your questions answered. Click here to find out the Top 10 Questions that folks have about the Defense Base Act. Knowledge is power especially in a court case such as a DBA case.

One of the biggest questions is whether taking a case to trial, or settling is the best course. It's never an easy question and we address it here.

My Advice to You

The first thing you do as soon as you think you have a DBA case on your hands is hire the best DBA attorney you can find. I mean the very best. This means one with extensive DBA experience and skill. The means you have to hire a DBA expert.

The second thing you’ll have to do as soon as you file your DBA claim is start studying. You have to prepare to fight for your claim with everything you got. This means knowing the enemy and being ready for whatever they throw at you.

You can start studying with my FREE book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case


Win Your Defense Base Act Case by Bill Turley


5 Stars on Amazon

5 Star Amazon Reviewed

Just check out all these 5 star reviews from injured civilian contractors just like you. Here are a couple of examples:

Outstanding resource for injured workers in DBA cases.

Folks, if you have a Defense Base Act case, you need to get a copy of this book ASAP! It doesn't matter if you are just starting your case, or are in the middle of it, get this book now. There are many topics covered in detail that I did not know about, that my (previous) attorney did not seem to know about, and that are very difficult to understand via Google searches. Read this book from cover to cover and you will be empowered with a great amount of knowledge. During your case, this could be one of the most important purchases you make.



"After calling your firm I did not need to call anybody else"

"One of my biggest concerns was what the future actually was for me. After the injury I now have limitations and could no longer work overseas which meant I was not able to make the living I was earning. After calling your firm I did not need to call anybody else. Grace called me back really quickly which made me feel confident... I did research your web site after my friend told me about your firm. It was helpful to see that others in my same situation were helped by your firm."

Randy S

Further Reading on the DBA




Win with the Truth

The last thing and also the most important thing you are going to have to do is always tell the truth. Even if you want to make ABM the bad guy or if you want more pity points just know that none of it will not work for the judge.

If the judge suspects you are being dishonest about even the smallest detail with your DBA claim, your case is over just like that. The DBA insurance companies are expecting you to make this mistake of exaggerating your pain, your injury or the circumstances that lead to their injury. They know if you do then you will lose your case and they get to make a whole lot of money. You will get nothing, I promise you that.


Have more questions about how to fight for your ABM Defense Base Act claim?


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.

William Turley
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