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Smile! You May Be on Camera After a Defense Base Act Injury

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Defense Base Act

“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S. I want it straight up, with no double talk. I figure do also. I always use plain English, with no sugarcoating no B.S lawyer talk, and no double talk- just old fashioned, unsweetened, unvarnished truth-just the way that I would want it.” -Bill Turley


Always Tell The Truth

No matter what type of injury or how you were injured, you need to be frank and up front about it with yourself, your attorney and your doctors. Do not lie or over exaggerate anything. If you do, you will be in a worse situation then you already are.

Always tell the truth to the judge and to your attorney. Your credibility in court depends on your honesty. People are more likely to trust you and help you, if they can see your honest.

The steps you take and the way you present your case is very important. Do your research. 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 a ton of information that will help benefit you and your DBA Case. Check out the Amazon Reviews before you do.

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Call us at (619) 234-2833. We are here to help or answer any questions you might have concerning your DBA case.

“Atticus, you must be wrong."

"How's that?"

"Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong. . ."

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


Some truth about DBA claims

If you are a civilian contractor spending time at home recovering from your injuries, you may start to get the creeping feeling that you’re being watched—and it may not be too far off base. In fact, it’s really not unusual for contractors who have been seriously hurt to be watched, photographed, or videotaped by the insurance company handling their Defense Base Act claims. In fact, it happens all the time.

This is because there is big money involved. And the DBA insurance company knows that they can often get off the hook for having to pay this money because folks like you, don't know or understand the rules of the game. Only it isn't a game - it is your life. It is your family's future that we are talking about.

Do I Really Need to Worry About Being Secretly Videotaped After an Overseas Injury?

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. As you are recovering, the insurance company will probably take videos of you walking around your yard, carrying a bag of groceries, doing a little gardening, and generally attempting to go about your daily life. Although these little captured moments of your recovery don’t tell the whole story, you can bet that they will be used against you to show that your injuries aren’t as bad as they seem, and your claim for benefits can even be denied based on the “evidence” these videos show.

As I tell my clients - its not paranoia if its true.

Am I Just Supposed to Stay Inside Until My Defense Base Act Claim Is Resolved?

Although it may be tempting to just hide away until your claim is settled, for most folks it just isn't doable or practicable to coop yourself up out of fear and never go outside. If you are being honest and following your doctor’s orders, there is absolutely nothing wrong with performing the daily tasks you are able to. If you have concerns that you’re being taped, just pay attention to what you decide to do in public and make sure you’ve cleared specific activities with your doctor. Getting the benefits you deserve isn’t easy, but you can do it if you take steps to protect yourself and do it right.

What can be done?

First, be 100% honest with your doctor. Tell your doctors about your activities. Better yet, ask about whether you can try them before hand. Truth is, there is a huge difference between activities of daily living and having to wear full kit is a war zone.

Second, know the limitations that your doctor has set for you. Staying within those limitations will help your recovery. If you think you can exceed them - try and talk to your doctor first. Or, at least, bring that you your doctors attention the next time you are seen by the doctor.

Third, make sure your doctor knows the realities of working in a war zone.  This is huge. Make sure your doctor understands what working overseas is all about.  Explain what full kit means. Explain that you are required to run like hell (because your life depends on it) to a bunker when there are incoming mortars.  Explain what working outside the wire really means. Explain that you are expected to be able to carry out your buddy if that bad stuff goes down.

Fourth, don't do anything in public that you wouldn't want the Judge to see.  Putting aside the physical limitations aspect of this. I have seen some pretty embarrassing things on these videos.  Seriously embarrassing stuff. You don't want to be that guy (or gal). So don't.

Get the information you need to win

If you need help winning the battle against the Defense Base Act insurance company, check out a free copy of our book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap to the Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. I cover all of this in depth.


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