The Defense Base Act and Third Party Work Injuries
If someone else is legally responsible for your injures other than you employer, Defense Base Act law allows a civil lawsuit against this other person or company. These are called "third-party cases."
If someone is injured while working, they are termed the "first party". The employer is the "second party".
The general rule is that an injured employee cannot bring a civil lawsuit against their employer for injuries occurring while they are in the course and scope of their employment. Instead, the general rule is that, DBA workers' compensation benefits are your exclusive remedy against your employer.
If someone else is legally responsible for the workers' injuries, then you can pursue civil remedies against this other person and/or entity. Any person/entity other than the employer that is legally responsible for the employee's damages is termed a third-party. Generally, a workers' compensation recovery does not preclude a civil suit by the employee against negligent third-party.
Your civil lawsuit against persons/entities other than your employer is termed "third-party cases".
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How us being from San Diego helps you.
We are based in San Diego, California. This is a benefit to you. Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than us. The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Bill Turley has been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987. Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers, Bill gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience helps him win Defense Base Act cases. Let The Turley Law Firm, PC put their experience to work for you.
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