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Working for Mission Essential (MEP) Can Be Hazardous. Find Out Your DBA Benefits Here!


MEP and the Hazards of War

Mission Essential Personnel is a “recognized worldwide leader in providing language and cultural advisory solutions” and has been serving the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Central Command and European Command, INSCOM and other government affiliated customers for over 10 years. They have deployed 20,000 employees to more than 200 project sites in 38 countries. Many of these areas are war-torn, including Afghanistan, Horn of Africa and Iraq.

These work environments are “challenging” to say the least. The project sites can host a variety of dangers that put your physical and mental health at risk. Living and working in these environments can cause serious injury including PTSD. Or how what I like to call PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury) because it is, indeed, an injury obtained by working overseas for MEP.

Learn more about the DBA and PTSD here.

When you have been injured while working abroad for MEP, you need to look into the Defense Base Act, find out if you are covered and file your claim right away. Hire a specialized DBA lawyer and then start asking questions:


Questions about your DBA claim

If you work or did work for Mission Essential Personnel (MEP) and you have been seriously injured, you probably have a DBA claim on your hands. But you don’t have the slightest clue of where to start when it comes to filing and defending your claim in court.

That’s ok. That’s why I am here and that’s why you are reading this webpage.

My name is Bill Turley and I represent dozens of people just like you that worked for MEP. I have the largest DBA law firm on the West Coast and one of the top two largest DBA law firms in the world. 

Now that you are injured nothing is more important than getting you on the best path to recovery. This path includes the lowest or no medical bills and the highest level of treatment.

The second priority is getting you and your family weekly financial compensation benefits. This is going to be how you put food on the table, how you pay your bills and get your kids off to college.


5 Inside Tips That Will Help You Win Your DBA case

1. Winning With The Truth

My best advice is that you always tell the truth.  Now that you are injured, you have a court case. Nothing is more important to you and your case than telling the truth.  If the Judge believes you than you will usually win your case. If the Judge doesn't believe you than you will usually lose your case. Nothing is more important than the Judge believing in you and your case.

Always tell the truth.

Check out this video on the importance of telling the truth with your DBA case. 


2. Never give a recorded or written statement

You should never give a written or recorded statement. The insurance adjuster is only trying to look for reasons to deny your case.  They will try and trick you into saying stuff that will hurt your case.  Or they will lay traps for you that will be used to beat you in court.

If the insurance adjuster tells you that they have to take your statement, you need to hire the best honest DBA lawyer that will take your case.  It is time to lawyer-up.

Check out this video about the dangers of recorded statements.


3. Never sign any insurance company forms or releases

You are under no obligation to sign any releases which allow the insurance company to get your medical records or employment records. They are only looking for reasons to deny your claim.


4. Learning the Insurance Company Prejudices

You are not going to hear this anywhere else.  But based on what I have seen, the insurance company is biased against linguists.

Don’t get me wrong, they all deny legitimate claims from overseas security contractors that are American also.  However, it seems to me that they deny more DBA claims by linguists than claims from other job classifications.  Again, I am all about being truthful. This is based on what I have seen.

Because of this, you have to be ready to protect your rights.  My advice is for you to hire the best, honest, experienced DBA lawyer that will agree to take your case.


5. Dealing with The Insurance Adjuster

Once you are injured you are at war with the DBA insurance company.  They are looking for reasons to deny your legitimate claim.  But you still have to be nice and polite to the insurance adjuster.

I suggest that you keep you keep your communications with the insurance adjuster as short as possible. Always keep in mind that they are looking for reasons to deny your claim.

Learn more about how to deal with the DBA insurance adjuster here. 


My Best Advice

Take the time to research your case. The more homework you do, the better you will be able to build up 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. It is full of useful information when it comes to your injury and the Defense Base Act law system.

I want you to win your case. I want you to be prepared. So, if you take nothing from this page, at least take the FREE book.


Let’s Talk $$$

I charge a lot of money, because I’m good. I’m not afflicted with false modesty, so I can say that. But you don't have to pay me anything. At the end of the case, the DBA insurance company will pay me in addition to the financial compensation that you will get (when we win your DBA case).

You will never pay me any of your own money to represent you. In fact, if a DBA lawyer is asking you for money up front to fight for your DBA claim, don’t hire them. No DBA attorney should be charging you up front, and if they are then they are probably not worth that money.


Give us a call at our San Diego office at 619-234-2833 

We are here to help.


William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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