Go to navigation Go to content
Toll-Free: 866-705-4617
Phone: 619-234-2833
The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC

DBA Medical: Does Emergency Medical Treatment Count As My Free-Choice of Physician Under The Defense Base Act?

Comments (0)

“It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit


Quick Background:

Under the Defense Base Act an injured worker has a free choice of physician.  You must request authorization from the Defense Base Act insurance company to be treated by your free choice physician. I covered this in the last few posts.

Good Questions

This is a series of DBA medical treatment questions prompted by a doctor and his assistant that recently call me to ask a few questions.  Turns out they were treating one of my clients and they also had quite a few other DBA workers in their clinic.  Although they over a thousand miles or so from my office, they had checked out this website and realized that we cover the Defense Base Act. This is the most comprehensive Defense Base Act website.  Click here for more really cool, free information on the Defense Base Act.

Here is a question they had:

Defense Base Act Medical:  Does Emergency Medical Treatment Count As Your Free-Choice of Physician?

The short answer is no, emergency medical treatment does not usually count as having made your free-choice physician. If you have a life-threatening or an emergency situation you can go to an emergency room for medical treatment.  This will not count as you having made your free choice of physician under the DBA.

Sage Advice

Many of you know that I usually recommend against you talking with the DBA insurance adjuster. In most cases they are going to start asking you questions about your claim, treatment, etc. Remember, everything you say to the adjuster can and will be used against you in a court of law.

A better approach is to be very polite and tell them you are looking for counsel. Your attorney and their assistant should be communicating with the DBA adjuster - not you. Again, always be polite when speaking to the adjuster, but be brief.

Instead, you need to be spending your efforts finding the best Defense Base Act lawyer you can.


Always Tell the Truth

When you are dealing with ypur Defense Base Act Case, nothing is more important than your honesty. Nothing is more important then your credibility.  If a judge thinks you are lying about your Defense Base Act Case, they will throw it out. 

So always tell the truth.

My Second Best Advice

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 helpful information that will lead you to the path on winning your case.

Check out the Amazon Reviews. Read what others had to say about this helpful guide in winning your Defense Base Act.

Need Help Today?

Call us 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.”
Be the first to comment!

Post a Comment

To reply to this message, enter your reply in the box labeled "Message", hit "Post Message."


Email:* (will not be published)


Notify me of follow-up comments via email.

Live Chat