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Nothing is more important when handling your Defense Base Act case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat 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 your not telling the truth, you can say goodbye to your case. Count on it. I have seen it time and time again.
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Dynamic Aviation: Department of Labor Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer, Lies, Deceptions and Such
While this article focuses on Dynamic Aviation, in reality, it relates to just about every other Defense Base Act contractor also.
According to the Department of Labor Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer, Dynamic Aviation has had 43 DBA injuries since 2001. Quite frankly, I give very little credence to the Department of Labor Defense Base Act Summarys. In total, based upon my experience, they are extremely inadequate and misleading. At most, the Department of Labor Defense Base Act Summarys provide a glimpse of the major DBA players. The fact that Dynamic Aviation is on the “scorecard” is much more revealing.
What I can tell you is that our office represents Dynamic Aviation workers. What I can also tell you is that the Defense Base Act insurance carrier for Dynamic Aviation - Insurance Carrier of the State of Pennsylvania (read: AIG or Chartis); routinely denies legitimate claims. I see it every day.
For instance, in one Dynamic Aviation claim, the Insurance Carrier of the State of Pennsylvania took the position, “The claimant has not proven a casual nexus between the injury and work. This appears to be a genetic condition with no relationship to work in Iraq.”
By taking this position, the insurance company is trying to avoid having to pay the claim. However, in addition, the claim is not included in the Department of Labor Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer. This is because the carrier has taken the position that the claim is not covered by the DBA.
Later, after the Dynamic Aviation worker hired our office, the carrier provided benefits to the worker. I’ll bet this claim doesn’t magically appear on the Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer after the DBA insurance company has accepted the claim and agreed to provide benefits.
We are not accusing anyone of lying or being deceiving. What we are suggesting is that in many instances the DBA insurance carriers deny claims first and ask questions later. It happens all the time.
What I am also saying in this instance the claim was denied and probably not later placed on the Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer.
Why does this matter. Let me give you two instances. First, for example, when researching working for a DBA employer one might stumble on the Department of Labor Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer scorecard and conclude, “This company hasn’t had many DBA claims.” Or, when evaluating a contract with a DBA company, a contract administrator may conclude the same.
They both could be wrong. In some cases, based upon what we have seen, very wrong. I don’t know the bottom line truth with Dynamic Aviation employees have had serious injuries and/or filed Defense Base Act claims. What I am saying is that this is an example of DBA injuries, not showing up on the Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer.
There have been many other instances, for other employers where we have had a fair number of DBA clients from the employer and have seen few reported DBA injuries on the Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer for that respective employer. Bottom line, I suggest you don't put much stock in the Defense Base Act Case Summary by Employer. Seriously.
The Defense Base Act Case Summary has the following Disclaimer:
These reports do not constitute the complete or official casualty statistics of civilian contractor injuries and deaths. They are offered as general information to the public who may be interested in the scope of civilian government contracting overseas.
Instead, it should say:
There is almost no validity to the following statistics, but we are giving to you anyway.
In other words, your U.S. Department of Labor at work.