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Lung and Respiratory Illnesses Are Covered Under the Defense Base Act

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).  

Getting Your Respiratory or Lung Injury Covered by The DBA

Civilian workers are exposed to many of the same risks as soldiers when working overseas. Respiratory illness and inhalation injuries have been increasingly common for these overseas civilian workers. This is especially the case for the civilian contractors who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. While civilian workers in some areas may be at a greater risk for some types of lung injuries, these life-threatening or life-altering diseases can develop virtually anywhere.

The truth is that civilian workers have been, and may always be, at risk for a whole range of potential lung and breathing issues while working overseas, including:

  • Respiratory conditions related to burn-pit exposure
  • Mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases
  • Lung injuries related to inhalation of sand, dust, smoke, and other potentially harmful substances
  • Lung injuries related to exposure to exhaust fumes, toxic gases, and substances from IEDs
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary abnormalities and poor lung function
  • Symptoms of shortness of breath, fatigue, or difficulty breathing

If you or someone you love returned home with breathing difficulties or development in lung cancer that can be tied to their experience overseas, then you may have a DBA claim on their hands. Even in cases where the problems developed months or years after exposure, it may still be possible to get medical and financial help.

Find out more about your medical benefits under the DBA here.

Learn more about the risks that overseas civilian contractors face on a daily basis and what happens after they get injured with my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case.

This book will completely outline who is covered by the Defense Base Act, how to file a DBA claim, and what exactly you need to do to win your DBA case.


Be sure to claim your free copy of the 5 Star Book Win Your Defense Base Act Case 

Win Your Defense Base Act Case by Bill Turley

This is an eye-opening book that gives you an insider's view of the Defense Base Act and how to beat the DBA insurance company. This book will take you step by step on how to avoid the DBA insurance company tricks and traps that are designed to destroy your DBA claim. 

If you do one thing - you owe it to yourself to read the 5 Star reviews of the book on amazon.com!!

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I suggest you read my book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case before you talk to the insurance adjustergive a statementsign any forms or even hire the wrong lawyer.



Check out all of the 5 Star Reviews on amazon.com 

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My DBA case
August 15, 2018

This is book is on target, I just went thru this with my company after my injuries overseas. I went thru this Law Firm, after reading the book, I watch my case unfold. Outstanding!


William C.
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Five Stars
October 27, 2016

Well written, brutally honest, what every person who has a DBA case needs to read.


Zach Westbrook
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Thanks to this book and the Turley law firm I ...
April 5, 2016

Thanks to this book and the Turley law firm I was able to resolve my case without having any issues. Don't wait any longer for help, grab this book and call them ASAP.


5.0 out of 5 stars
What an informative book. Thank you Bill ...
April 5, 2016

Thank you Bill for shedding light on something I should have been aware of since day 1 of coming back from Afghanistan.



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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.


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