“I’ll tell you what the public likes more then anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world-honesty.” -Merle Haggard
My Best Advice
Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat their case, it will help them win more money. Wrong.
You have to be up-front, honest, and truthful to your attorney and the judge. If a judge suspects your 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.
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Getting Paid for Trips to Your Medical Appointments
Under the Defense Base Act you are entitled to Defense Base Act Mileage or DBA Medical Mileage. What does this mean? You are entitled to getting paid mileage for driving to and from medical appointments. Generally, you are allowed to claim mileage at the current IRS rate. Click here for the current IRS mileage rate. At the time of this writing, the IRS mileage rate is 65.5 cents per mile.
Don’t be confused when you go to the IRS site about the distinction between “business miles” and “medical miles.” You are allowed to claim the “business miles” driven under the DBA.
You will see that medical mileage can really add up.
Generally, you should use a medical mileage matrix form and regularly submit it every 30-60 days to the DBA insurance company. We give our clients a handy medical mileage matrix form at the beginning of their case. You should always keep a copy of each medical milage matrix. The medical mileage matrix form will be used as evidence at your trial.
You also need to be able to prove that you provided medical mileage matrix form to the DBA insurance company. This is easy today, with email. Simply attach the current medical mileage matrix to your email to the DBA insurance adjuster, with a short note that says something to this effect, “Attached is my medical mileage matrix form for medical appointments from 8-1-2013 to 9-1-2013. Please process the payment of my medical mileage monies owed to me. Thank you for you anticipated cooperation.” As always, be sure to email a copy to yourself.
As always the devil is in the details. Be sure to completely fill out the medical mileage matrix form. Never, ever claim mileage for medical appointments you missed, did not attend, etc. This can kill your credibility before the Judge.
Figuring out the mileage between your house and the medical provider’s office (doctor, physical therapist, defense medical examiner, x-rays, etc.) is pretty simple also. Simply, go to Google Maps and type in directions from your house to the address of the medical provider and you will get the mileage. Never, ever claim more mileage than is accurate.
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