“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
My Best Advice
Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugarcoat their case, it will help them win their case. Wrong.
You have to be up-front, honest, and truthful to your attorney and the judge. If a judge suspects you’re not telling the truth, you can say goodbye to your case. Count on it. I have seen it time and time again.
My Second Best Advice
Take the time to research your case. The more homework you do, the better 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 will be the best thing on helping you take the necessary steps to win your Defense Base Act Case.
Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.
Can I return back to work when I have a DBA case?
Many of you realize that I represent more DBA clients than any law firm on the west coast and my firm is one of the three largest Defense Base Act law firms in the world that represents civilian contractors (as opposed to insurance companies).
A Defense Base Act client asked me the other day if he could go get a job. The client had been found to have reached maximum medical improvement and was wondering if he could go get a job.
First thing I wondered was if I had given him a copy of my book Win Your Defense Base Act Case. He said that I had given him a copy, but that he had given it to a friend. So, I thanked him for giving my book to his buddy and I made sure we sent him another book right away.
I cover this a tad in my book, but I thought I would approach this from a little different angle in this article. Sometimes when you explain things differently it helps folks understand the law better.
The short answer is that it almost always helps your case if you go out and get another job state-side once you are released by the doctor. For non-scheduled injuries (back, spine, head, PTSD, etc) there is a wage loss concept. Since there are very few jobs that approach the earnings that most of my clients made overseas as civilian contractors - you are going to have a substantial wage loss even if you go and get a job after you get home.
You might have heard the expression, “God helps those that help themselves.” A corollary is, “The Judge will want to help you if the Judge sees that you are trying to help yourself.” Seriously. Most Judges are like my Dad - a tad conservative. That’s okay because many of my clients are the same way. The Judges tend to be older and they are working. They expect you to be working also.
Too often the Judges see folks that are injured and think that they will never have to work again because they have a case. You don’t want to be seen as that guy or gal.
When you go into court asking for money, it is all about credibility. You will have a ton more credibility with the Judge if you are actually working when you go to court.
This is the “easy answer” about why you want to be working when your case goes to trial. Be sure and check back with me soon to hear about the legal reasons why you want to go back to work.
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