“No B.S. straight forward answers with no legal mumbo-jumbo, lawyer talk.”
- Defense Base Act Lawyer Bill Turley
When you know you have a Defense Base Act (DBA) case on your hands, you have a lot of questions going through your head. You might not even know where to start. The first question you have to ask yourself is who is going to represent you in court.
It’s not an easy question to answer. But your first idea will probably be to hire someone local, in Rhode Island. You’re thinking it’s easier to hire someone based out of Providence, Cranston, Warwick, Woonsocket or Cumberland just because they are physically closer to you. While they might be easier to find, they are likely not the best option for you.
This is because they do not have the experience or skill set with the Defense Base Act that they are going to need to win your case. It’s as simple as that.
My firm gets calls all the time from folks who have hired a local lawyer and they all have the same concerns:
“My lawyer stopped answering my calls what do I do?”
“My lawyer fudged my case. Can you fix it?”
“My lawyer missed another deadline, I don’t know what to do.”
“The DBA Insurance company rep I spoke to said I should hire a local lawyer, is that good advice?”
Don’t settle for representation that doesn’t know what kind of case they are taking on. It can get overwhelming for them, lead them to failure, you settling for far less that you deserve and a lot of money coming out of your pocket. It’s a classic “no-win” scenario.
Looking Out of State
My firm, The Turley Law Firm PC, is based in San Diego, California. And while that might sound very far away and of no help to you, it’s actually a good thing we’ve been here as long as we have.
I’ll tell you why, San Diego has the largest shipyard on the West Coast with thousands of shipyard workers covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore Act, so we’ve been working with these kinds of cases for over 25 years.
Since 1987 we have been learning what works for Defense Base Act cases, what wins these cases. So, we know what our clients need to do and what we need to do to find success in the courtroom.
But at the end of the day I know that I can’t represent every injured civilian contractor in the world. That doesn’t mean I want good people to be screwed over by these big DBA insurance companies even if they aren’t my clients.
So, I offer you resources in my stead. I offer you resources that will tell you exactly what you need to do to win your DBA case. Like my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, which is FREE.
Or my website that has pages and page of valuable content that if used right could put you way ahead of the DBA insurance companies.
Winning with The Truth
I offer these resources because I want you to win. But really if you want to win your DBA case there is just one thing you always have to keep in mind: always, always tell the truth. This might be common sense, sure.
But you would be surprised with how many folks just like you from Rhode Island or Missouri or California will be tempted to exaggerate their pain, their injury or the event that cause the injury. The DBA insurance company and their lawyers will see right through this, exploit it and prove to the judge that you are a liar.
You don’t want the judge to think you are a liar cause then you lose your case in the blink of an eye. That’s the truth.
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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.