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Temporary Total Disability Benefits - TTD Benefits - What If I Can't Work?

Bill Turley - Defense Base Act Attorney - DBA Lawyer

Disabilities Under the DBA

Under the Defense Base Act, there are four different and distinct categories of disabilities:

  1. Permanent total disability
  2. Temporary total disability
  3. Permanent partial disability
  4. Temporary partial disability

Click Here for an article on Nature and Extent of Disability.

Temporary Total Disability

Under the Defense Base Act you are entitled to Temporary Total Disability benefits  if you are unable to perform your usual and customary DBA employment and your doctor has not declared you have reached maximum medical improvement.  Stated in its simplest terms, if you can’t work and your doctor hasn’t released you yet you should be getting a workers’ compensation check (a TTD check) during that time period.

How Much Weekly TTD Should I Be Getting?

You are entitled to 2/3's of your average weekly wage up to the maximum compensation rate.  For example the maximum compensation rate for injuries occurring between 10/01/2012 and  09/30/2013 is $1,325.18.

First off, you need to understand that the DBA insurance companies deny claims left and right when the Claimant has all the necessary documentation. But oftentimes, the reason why the DBA insurance company is denying benefits is because there is not proper documentation.

You are going to need your doctor writing a report (it can be in handwriting) that says you are injured due to your DBA employment (meaning while you were overseas) and you are currently unable to work (or do your customary DBA employment) due to your injuries.

Here it is important for your doctor to understand your work. Being able to work a desk job or even working at Walmart is far different from wearing body armor and having to run for a shelter in the middle of the night.

It’s like trying to pet a rattle snake 

Talking to the DBA insurance adjuster is sort of like trying to pet a rattlesnake. Sure, some people may be able to do it - but I don’t suggest that you try it. 

Talking to the DBA Insurance Adjuster is like petting a rattlesnake

If you have no idea about what I’m talking about here........I strongly suggest you do two things. First, you IMMEDIATELY get my 5 Star book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. You can buy it here on amazon.com or you can get a free copy here

Second, I suggest you check out this article on the Top 10 DBA Questions (see Questions 2, 3, 4, and 6....). 

It's Time To Do Something

If the DBA insurance company has sent you an LS-207 - Notice of Controversion, you need to make sure you read it and get the documentation necessary to overcome the reasons why the DBA insurance company is denying your claim. This is no time to dilly dally. You need to do two things. First, go get the evidence needed to win your case. Second, you need to immediately request an Emergency Informal Conference. This is a get in line to wait system. he quicker you get your case to the Judge's office waiting in line for your trial and then your Decision and Order the quicker you will get your TTD benefits. Oftentimes, the threat of a trial will get the DBA insurance company to provide benefits or settle cases.

If this has happened to you, right about now would be a good time for you hire the best DBA lawyer you can find.  Hey, know this - hiring a DBA lawyer doesn't have to be painful or stressful.  It doesn't have to be and it shouldn't be.

The Turley Law Firm PC are asked by injured DBA workers across the United States (and the world)  to represent them. We have a global practice and represent folks from all over the world. Our goal is simple: Get you the DBA medical and financial benefits your deserve. 

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.

The Most Comprehensive Defense Base Act Website

This is the most comprehensive Defense Base Act website. Each month this website gets hundreds of searches related to Defense Base Act issues.  Seriously injured DBA workers and their families use this website to help win their DBA case.  So should you.

Get answers to your Defense Base Act questions answered BEFORE you sign any DBA insurance company releases, give a statement to the DBA insurance adjuster, hire the wrong lawyer for your case, or take any other important steps.

It's Time to Study

Take the time to research your case. The more homework you do, the better your case. Order my Free book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve.

Win Your Defense Base Act Case - Bill Turley

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And before you order the book, check out the Amazon Reviews. It will be the best thing on helping you take the necessary steps to win your Defense Base Act Case.


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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 a particular result in other cases. Including, your DBA case. Every case is different.

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