“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
My Best Advice
When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugarcoat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get go.
The DBA insurance company is not on your side. They have traps laying around for you to fall in. And bet on it, if you do not follow the proper steps with your DBA case, you will fall right in.
My Second Best Advce
Before you try to win the battle for your DBA benefits, you need to get armed with the facts. Start looking for the best DBA attorney you can find, and read through a free copy of our important book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap to the Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve, which explains more about what you need to know to be successful.
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Occupational Illnesses and The Defense Base Act
Although the Defense Base Act (DBA) provides coverage for overseas civilian contractors who develop occupational illnesses overseas, there can be a lot of bumps in the road before you get the money and benefits you deserve. To be successful in a DBA claim for long-term, repetitive-trauma, or exposure injuries, overseas civilian contractors need to be ready to fight for what they deserve. This means being prepared for:
- Proof. The first step in winning any DBA claim is marshaling the medical evidence needed to win your claim. Cumulative trauma cases are no different.What you are going to need is credible medical evidence that links your injuries to your being overseas.
- Persistence. In many - if not most - instances, the DBA insurance company will deny your cumulative trauma claim. You need to know this going in. However, that doesn't mean that you will not be able to win your case. Just know that it is probably going to take a fight.
- Negotiation. It will be up to you and your attorney to support your claims of injury and “prove” that your injuries are linked to your being overseas. During the process of negotiating with the DBA insurance company, it will be necessary to present solid well reasoned medical evidence. But that is just the beginning of the process.
- Litigation. If your claim is handled denied, or if you are unable to get a result you can live with from negotiating with the insurance company, you may need to continue the fight in litigation. Before you make decisions about how to proceed with a claim, you’ll want to talk to an attorney who has experience with claims similar to yours and can help you understand how to move forward with confidence.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley