“Before speaking, consult your inner-truth barometer, and resist the temptation to tell people only what they want to hear.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
My Best Advice
My best advice to you is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When bringing a court case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. The DBA insurance company lawyer is going to try and make you look like you are lying. If this happens, the Judge will rule against you and you will lose. Bank on it. I know I do.
My Second Best Advice
Which brings me to my second best advice. The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company. In other words, they don’t know that they are messing up their case. Happens all the time. Well meaning honest folks get caught in one of the DBA insurance company traps.
Which is why I strongly suggest that you read my free book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. The book is the best investment you are going to make. You can order it free here on this website or you can pay for it by ordering it from Amazon.com.
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A Straightforward Process?
It may have been suggested to you that getting Defense Base Act benefits for an injury would be fairly straightforward: you have an accident, report the injury, and then your benefits are paid as you heal. But what if you suffer symptoms months or even years after you come back to the United States? Can your employer (and/or the DBA insurance company) still be held liable for your injuries even if you did not suffer an “accident” on the job?
How to Get Defense Base Act Benefits for an Occupational Disease
Working conditions on overseas military bases can be dangerous in many different ways. You could suffer illnesses and diseases that do not show symptoms until much later in life. These conditions are called occupational diseases, and may include:
- Chemical exposure. Some employees may suffer lung problems and breathing issues as a result of breathing in the vapor from dangerous chemicals in the air.
- Psychiatric injuries. Injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and other injuries can be considered occupational diseases.
- Hearing and vision loss. Daily exposure to loud noises, bright lights or welding arcs can cause sensory loss, including partial or total hearing problems and blindness.
- Aggravation of a patient’s prior condition. Victims who have previously suffered from chronic conditions (such as asthma, migraines, arthritis, or allergies) may be unable to work due to aggravation of a pre-existing injury. Under the DBA, any injury that brings the onset of a disability is paid for by the employer, regardless if the condition was made worse by a previous injury.
Unfortunately, getting DBA payments for occupational diseases can be a tad difficult. First, you have to notify the employer (and DBA insurance company) of your injury to start the claims process—but since it can take years to show symptoms. Next, you are going to need medical evidence connecting your injury to your being overseas. You are going to have difficulty putting all of this together by yourself. I suggest that you hire the best honest DBA lawyer that you can find.
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