“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
– Winston Churchill
The truth wins Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. That’s the secret. It’s really that simple. You need to be able to be completely honest about you DBA claim in front of the judge. If you are able to be honest with every detail, every piece of evidence and with everyone then yes you will your DBA case. This is because DBA cases are won based on credibility. This means that your credibility needs to be perfect, which is going to require complete honesty.
“The AO operates on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day every day, providing observing time, electronics, computer, travel and logistic supper to scientists from all over the world.” This means that the AO needs to be continuously staffed and those staff members are likely covered by the DBA.
The AO has a working staff of about “120 persons who work in different areas such as cooks, administrators, scientists, engineers, maintenance workers, technicians and telescope operators, among others.”
Being covered by the DBA means that if anything happens to these AO employees and they get seriously injured they are entitled to benefits. These benefits can come in 2 different forms, medical and financial. These benefits can also be the means for survival for some of these injured employees after they return home from overseas.
Unfortunately, getting access to these benefits after being injured can be a lengthy and frustrating process. It will likely include numerous steps like hiring a DBA lawyer, talking to a DBA insurance adjuster, discussing your injury with your doctor and gathering evidence.
You are going to need to figure out how to do all of this. But you’re not on your own. There are great resources out there for folks in similar situations.
The Turley and Mara Website is considered the most comprehensive DBA site available. It has pages and pages of FREE content that will answer the questions you have about the DBA now.
These great resources are available to you right now and will help you better understand the and prepare for the process you are about to be a major part of.