"“The best men tell you the truth because they think you can take it; the worst men either try to preserve you in some innocent state with their false protection," - Whitney Otto
The Defense Base Act
The Defense Base Act (DBA), created in 1941, extended the federal workers' compensation program for longshore and harbor workers, initially to persons working on American military bases abroad and then to most federal contractors working outside of the United States.
The DBA requires that many federal government contractors and subcontractors provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees who work outside of the United States. Which means that if you are a civilian contractor that has been injured overseas you are likely covered under this act.
The first step is to see if you have a legitimate DBA claim. This is going to take time and research. This research will prepare you when it comes to beginning the process of building your DBA case and finding the best DBA lawyer for you.
Now I know and you know that you can't believe everything you read online. So why not start where the experts have grouped the pieces of their knowleges and experiences together to make a comprehensive resource for folks like you. This resource is The Turley and Mara Law Firm website.
We've been representing injured workers under The Longshore Act and the DBA which is an extension of the Longshore Act since 1987. Since then we have become one of the top two leading DBA law firms in the world. We fight the DBA insurance companies alongside our clients every day and we don't quit. We are the experts.
Don't take our word for it take theirs:
Super Lawyer 2011-2018
New York Times 2011 Top Attorney
We also offer my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, on our website for FREE. This book will walk you through the steps in finding the best lawyer for you and winning your DBA case with the truth. It has earned numerous 5 Star Reviews and helped a lot of people get down the the basics of the Defense Base Act.
That brings us to step two: Always Tell The Truth. I know it can be tempting to exaggerate the pain you're feeling from your injury or exaggerate the events that lead up to your injury or forget to mention a previous injury that related to your current work-related injury. It can be easy to get tripped up on the details of the case, especially with the amount of pressure that is placed on you. But don't fall for it.
The DBA insurance companies are expecting you to fall into these traps and when you do they win and make a ton of money off of your claim. Don't let this happen.
I can't stress it enough. Do Not Lie. You will lose your DBA case and all of your benefits that you were entitled to. And you and you family's future will suffer.
If you have followed steps one and two you are on the right track to winning your DBA case. Now you need an expert to guide you past the obstacles that the DBA insurance companies are sure to lay out for you.
This isn't the time to hire a local lawyer, in New Jersey, who has seen very few days in court, has only heard of the Defense Base Act in law school and who is late when it comes to deadlines and returning calls. This is exactly what the DBA insurance companies want you to do. Don't fall for the oldest trick in the book.
We get calls from people all the time who have fallen for this trick and end up settling for much less than they deserve, leaving them feeling cheated and less secure. This, again, is not the outcome I want.
Instead hire a seasoned DBA lawyer who lives and breathes the Defense Base Act. You can find one of these highly experienced and skilled attorneys from anywhere in the U.S. This is because the Defense Base Act is under Federal Law, not state, which means your attorney can be from just about anywhere in the U.S.
If you are able to find such a lawyer in Newark, Jersey City, Edison, or Clifton then you are encouraged to hire them. It's just we haven't hear of these lawyers if they do exist and we want you to have the best representation possible.
Find out more here about what to look for when choosing representation.
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