“When I seek out professional advice, I want advice straight-up. With no B.S. If you do also, you’re in the right place.”
- Defense Base Act Lawyer Bill Turley
Why should I hire a DBA lawyer?
This is a really good question.
First of all, a good DBA lawyer knows the law and the procedure (the rules). This case is probably your first rodeo, so to speak. Even if it’s your second rodeo, you don’t want someone that is getting on the job training. You’re hiring someone that can see the field, so to speak. (Sorry, to mix metaphors here).
Second, a good DBA lawyer doesn’t have the same emotional attachment to your case that you have. Folks almost always evaluate their cases based upon emotion, rather than logic and clear thinking.
I strongly suggest that you check out this article on the Top 10 Defense Base Act questions. (Question No. 2, on the list, and be sure to check Out Questions No. 3, 4 and 6, which are also about hiring a DBA lawyer).
The Necessary Dangers
Working for Global Strategies Group means that you are likely one of the many GLOBAL employees that "address the key national security challenges of the 21st Century posted by hostile states, terrorist and criminal networks and the new threats of the Information Age."
But while you are protecting the American people at work you are putting yourself at risk. It is part of the job, there are necessary dangers that you have to face in this line of work. You know this. But did you ever think that it would be you that would get hurt at work?
Probably not, no one ever does. That’s why the Defense Base Act exists, to protect the interests of severely injured overseas civilian contractors. Unfortunately, getting the benefits that you are entitled to under the DBA isn’t always easy. In fact, it rarely is easy.
If you have a DBA claim on your hands you are likely going to have to defend your claim in court. That means you will find yourself protecting something new, your rights under the Defense Base Act.
The Two Tools You’ll Need to Win
The two tools you are going to need to win your Defense Base Act case are:
1. The Truth
2. A Top-Notch DBA Lawyer
There is a reason that I have started this article off with a quote about truth. I know that DBA cases are won with the truth. This is because DBA cases are won and lost based on the claimant’s credibility.
If you are tempted to exaggerate your pain, or your injury or the event that caused the injury then you are on the wrong page. You are going to lose your case no matter who your lawyer is or how “good” your case is. I can guarantee it, you will lose.
A Top-Notch DBA Lawyer
If you want to win your DBA case and understand exactly what is happening all the time with your DBA case then you are going to need a specialized DBA lawyer that knows exactly what they’re doing.
They need to have the experience and skill that it takes to win. This might mean you have to look outside your immediate area or even your state for a great DBA lawyer.
The Turley Law Firm PC is based in San Diego, California and that’s a good thing. Why? Because San Diego has one of the largest shipyards on the west coast and this means there are a lot of shipyard workers covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) that are in need of representation. This is where my firm comes in.
The Defense Base Act is an extension of the LHWCA. It’s the same law, same courts, similar rules. And that’s where you and your case comes in.
My firm has been taking on these kind of cases for 25 years out of San Diego. At this point we’ve seen it all and know exactly what it is going to take for DBA claimants to win. We know what the DBA insurance companies and their lawyers are capable of and we know what to do to avoid their traps.
If you need to learn more about how to find your DBA lawyer or how to win your DBA case then pick up my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, for FREE here.
If you’re looking for the just “the meat and potatoes” of the DBA law system you can check out this article here that offers you 10 essential tips for building your DBA 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 in particular result in other cases. Including, your DBA case. Every case is different.