“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 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.
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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.
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Defense Base Act
If someone in your family was injured while working as an overseas civilian contractor, he or she is likely covered under the Defense Base Act (DBA). This is a workers' compensation program that provides money and help for victims and their families, including medical coverage and disability payments. Workers who are killed on the job are still entitled to these payments, and death benefits can be paid to family members for many years into the future—but many families will never collect these benefits.
3 Common Problems Families Have After a Defense Base Act Injury
You should be aware that the DBA can provide many different forms of payment to injured overseas civilian contractors. If your relative is completely disabled, the victim can receive two-thirds of his weekly earnings. Depending on the injury, this could be for a set time or for the rest of their life. If your relative is killed, a child or surviving spouse can get death benefits up to half an their average weekly earnings.
But first, you will have to know how to press your claim. Families often lose out on their rightful DBA benefits due to:
- Paperwork errors. Contractors may work in foreign countries, but they are still subject to U.S. law. After an injury, it is up to the company in charge to supply a worker with the appropriate forms and information to collect benefits. These companies often do not have forms on hand, do not have human resources departments, or know next to nothing about collecting DBA benefits. When this happens you can still win your claim. But you have to take the right steps.
- Civilian rights. Many people working under government contracts are foreign nationals hired as linguists and security forces. These much-needed civilian staff are often overlooked in benefit cases, simply because their families do not know the coverage exists, or because the employer refuses to pay valid claims.
- Location problems. Injured contractors may be given medical treatment overseas, be flown to a nearby U.S. medical base, or even be taken several countries away for treatment, making it difficult to get in contact with him or her. If your loved one is missing in a war zone, your relative’s employer may refuse to pay out benefits until he or she is located, potentially costing you and your family much-needed income.
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