“In the end you should always do the right thing even if it's hard.” - Nicholas Sparks
The Best Single Piece Of Advice That You Are Going To Get
I hate to lose anything. I think my hatred of losing is stronger than my desire to win. Which is huge. I really like winning.
But it is losing that really bums me out. This is because for most of my DBA clients losing their DBA case can be devastating. So it is with this background that I offer this advice.
The single most important factor in you winning or losing your DBA case - is whether the Judge believes you or not. It sounds simple. It really isn't as simple as it sounds. But for now, what you need to know is this - you have to always tell the truth. About everything, all the time, and on every level.
Here is the deal, the insurance company is going to try and defend your case by suggesting that you are not credible and should not be believed. The better your case, the more likely that they will try and rely on this "You are a liar," defense. I see it all the time.
No one likes to be lied to. Not you and most importantly, the Judge. Always, always tell the truth.
You should read my book before you talk to the adjuster, sign any forms or even hire a lawyer
I strongly recommend that you read my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. This is not some fluffy marketing B.S. book. This book is the real deal. It is the go-to book that will walk you through all the do's and don'ts that you need to know if you have a DBA case.
The information covered in my book will help keep you from making common mistakes that folks just like you make that ends up tanking their case. You don't want to be that guy or gal.
Here is the deal. We are very selective in the cases we accept. We can't possible represent every seriously injured civilian overseas contractor.
And I don't like to see good folks get taken advantage of by the insurance company adjusters and shark lawyers. So I wrote this book and give it away - for free. Reading my book is the best investment you are going to make in your case. And, it's free. You should read it before you take any important steps in your case. So even if we don't accept you as a client or you choose to hire someone else - - I strongly recommend that you request a copy of my book.
Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.
Why should I hire a lawyer in San Diego?
If you are in Alabama - you may be looking for an Alabama Defense Base Act Attorney. You may be looking for a DBA lawyer based in Birmingham, Montgomery , Mobile, Huntsville, or Tuscaloosa. I understand you wanting to hire a lawyer nearby. However, we give you an alternative.
We are based in San Diego, California. We understand DBA cases. We understand the DBA insurance companies. We have been handling Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act (Longshore Act) claims since 1987. The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore Act. Defense Base Act cases are administered through the Department of Labor. It is the same law, same system and the same Judges. The DBA is actually part of maritime law.
When the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started it was natural for many ex-military types from San Diego and Southern California to be recruited by the overseas civilian contractors. Similarly, San Diego has the second largest population of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S. They were recruited to be linguists and translators by the civilian contractor companies.
When the California based ex-military folks and linguists started to come home from the wars with serious injuries, they were referred to us. Today, it is my understanding that we are one of the top three largest DBA law firms and the largest DBA law firm on the west coast.
Our practice is nation wide, meaning, we represent injured Defense Base Act workers that live across the entirety of America. We are located in California, and we have a nation-side/ world-wide practice: we represent clients from Alabama to Maine, and from Florida to Washington State.
Wages Under The Defense Base Act
To determine your average weekly wage and compensation rate, wages are used under the Defense Base Act. The more you make, the higher your DBA wages will be. With a higher compensation rate, you will receive more money for your DBA case. So, one of the objectives for a DBA claim is demonstrating the highest average wages possible. This is done with wage evidence.
In a Defense Base Act and/or Defense Base Act case the difference between what “are” and “are not” wages is constantly being litigated. This is probably the single most litigated part of DBA case.
Missing an item in an injured workers wages under the DBA may result in tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits. It can be a really, really big deal to a seriously injured worker and their family.
Under the DBA a "wage" is a money rate received as compensation from an employer, for services rendered by you. The money paid to you must be traceable to an employer.
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