I get calls every week from folks that were seriously injured in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous parts of the world. From time to time I like to bring up some interesting developments. Here is one.
Last year our law firm was receiving multiple calls from contractors who were injured by an IED attack near the Kabul International Airport on January 4, 2016. Some bad stuff went down that day.
At approximately 1410 GMT, Camp Sullivan, a heavily protected residential compound for civilian technical contractors close to the Kabul International Airport, was attacked by a suicide bomber. Based on reports – a truck packed with thousands of pounds of explosives drove up to the gate of the compound before being detonated. The Taliban claimed responsibility for this attack.
The contractors who have contacted our firm regarding this incident understandably suffered from serious physical and psychological injuries.
As you may know, we are one of the top two largest law firms in the world that represents seriously injured overseas civilian contractors. So it is natural that we get contacted in regards to serious injury incidents such as this.
War Hazards Claims
When your injury is caused by a war-risk hazard such as the attack on January 4th, 2016, your case will be eligible for the War Hazards Compensation Act. Although this does not change much for you until the end of your case – you’re still entitled to the same benefits and treatment as you are under the DBA system – this plays a huge part for your insurance carrier. Under the WHCA, the insurance carrier is entitled to reimbursement for any payments they’ve made out to you for treatment of your injury.
You would think that if they are eligible for repayment, the insurance carrier would be less likely to fight you for every dollar. However, this is not the case. One of the aspects that the insurance carrier has to prove is that they have diligently litigated your case. In order to get reimbursed, they need to show that their attorney has fought you as hard as they can. If they do that, they get reimbursed for every dollar they spent on you, and every dollar spent on their attorney’s efforts too. They have no reason to settle out early on the off-chance that WHCA doesn’t think they fought hard enough.
First thing’s first
You need to be aware of your rights. The best way to defend yourself against having your claim denied is to know the tricks and traps that the insurance carriers play. The Turley Law Firm has been in the business of dodging these tricks and traps for years and have developed a comprehensive guide that can help you out. In Bill Turley’s Win Your Defense Base Act Case, Bill has outlined some of the DBA insurance carrier’s most common traps and easy ways to get out of them.
After requesting your free copy of the book, make sure that you contact an experienced DBA attorney. If the insurance carrier is going to hire an attorney that will fight tooth and nail for them, you want one who will fight tooth and nail for you too.
The Devil and DBA Insurance Company’s
Some folks think that just because they have a legitimate injury and a legitimate claim that the DBA insurance company is going to treat them fairly. Not so. Not based on what I see every day.
Know this. It is usually not a matter of if the DBA insurance company is going to deny your claim and stop your benefits, but rather – when.
Your first step
Because of this, I recommend that you hire the best honest DBA lawyer that will take your case. Don’t be afraid to do some research here. Kick the tires. You are going to see that not all DBA lawyers are the same. I strongly recommend that you claim your free copy of Bill’s book Win Your Defense Base Act Case before you talk to the adjuster, sign any forms or even hire a lawyer.
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