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Is it Too Late to File a Defense Base Act Claim?
Many of you know that my law firm represents more DBA claimants than any law firm on the west coast. I like to answer questions that you might have about your situation.
I was asked recently if it was too late to file a DBA case? He had worked in Iraq over 5 years ago and was wondering if it was too late to file a case under the Defense Base Act. I asked him what type of injury he had? He said he kept having nightmares and was having trouble sleeping. Which, of course, are classic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.
I told him that it probably wasn’t too late to file a DBA claim. In his case, he probably had a pretty good case of prevailing with his claim.
Now, in general, the sooner you file your Defense Base Act claim the better. This is because the sooner you file you case the easy it will be to settle and/or resolve.
Generally there is a 1 year statute of limitations. (That is the law gives you one year to file your case). However, there are many exceptions to the one year. Thus, if you think that you have a case, claim or injury - - you should contact a seasoned DBA lawyer ASAP.
Again, I am not suggesting that you dilly-dally with your claim. However, I am suggesting that you can still win your case and get a lot of money even if you haven’t been overseas/ in theater for years.
You should also know that medical claims are never time barred under the Defense Base Act. This means that you can always get medical treatment, even if you haven’t worked overseas for years and years.
Finally, it isn’t uncommon for conditions and injuries to deteriorate. What once seemed to be “manageable” can develop into a serious physical injury or PTSD condition.
My advice is that you find the best DBA lawyer that you can find.
Please understand that I am not guaranteeing you any particular result or outcome with your particular case. But, again, you can still win your case even if it has been years since you worked abroad.
When it comes to the ins and outs of filing a DBA claim, the first step you must take, is always tell the truth. Under no circumstances should you ever sugarcoat anything. The moment you start to over-exaggerate your injury, is the moment you can kiss you case good bye. Count on it. I have seen it happen to many hard working civilian contractors before.
Never tell a lie, and always tell the truth. Your credibility with the Defense Base Act insurance company and the Judge depend on it.
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