“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” - Gordon A Eadie
The One Thing I Hate is Losing
I remember hearing early in my law career, "You show me a good loser and I will show you a loser." I have young kids and I certainly don't want to say that to them. But when it is my client and their family's future on the line - - I surely understand it and appreciate what it means to lose. I hate losing anything. In fact, I think I hate losing more than I love winning.
As it turns out, there are three main components in winning any court case and DBA cases are no different.
First, is that you have to tell the truth. About everything. Judges and juries don’t like to be lied to. Neither do you. In a DBA case, you have a Judge that decides whether you win or lose. The single most important considerations about whether you win or whether you lose is whether the Judge likes you and believes you. And not necessarily in that order. If the Judges doesn’t like you - you can still win. If the Judge doesn’t believe you, forget it. You are done. You just lost your DBA case.
And usually it is on you. Not always, but 9 out of 10 times. That is why I recommend that you read my book Win Your Defense Base Act Case. My book explains how folks get caught in DBA insurance company traps and get made to look like liars, even if they weren’t out and out trying to lie. These types of “lies” are just as damaging to your case. Check out the 5 Star reviews my book has received on Amazon to see what other overseas contractors are saying.
The second main component to winning a court case (DBA cases are no different) is being liked. Again, most of the time, this is on you. Unless you have a brain injury or the like where the reason you are not likable is the injuries you are claiming - then you need to work on your likability factor. Again, many folks don’t want to hear this type of stuff. They would rather have smoke blown where the wind don’t blow. But that isn’t what you are going to get from me.
3. The Evidence
The third biggest factor about whether you win or lose is the evidence. This is usually medical evidence, but it could also be evidence that proves you were injured overseas, wage evidence and the like. Notice that evidence is the last on the list? It isn't by accident.
The Bottom Line
I know I hate to lose. I will do anything within the rules to help you win. Will you?
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