“We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honest is the best policy.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Post Tramatic Stress Disorder
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as being under enemy fire, driving in enemy territory due to IED threats, the threat of suicide bombers, rocket attacks, mortars, gunfire, casualties and the like.
You have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. You may develop PTSD. You may relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged. These symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair your daily life.
Symptoms of PTSD
Symptoms of PTSD can include:
- mood swings
- crying spells
- difficulty sleeping
- feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- anger and anxiety
PTSD and Medical Care
Of course, the best result would be for you to get the medical treatment you need and actually get better. Getting to a better place should be your top priority. Although it may seem hopeless today, you need to get the proper medical treatment so you can get better and get on with your life. In order to do this, you are going to need the financial and medical benefits you are entitled to under the DBA.
The DBA and PTSD Claims: How it Works
The DBA is based upon a wage loss concept. You will only get future compensation if you can show that you are unable to return to your DBA work due to your injuries. Your future compensation will be the difference between what you were earning as a DBA worker and what you are able to earn now, in light of your injuries, disability, education, training and what jobs are available to you in your geographic location.
The DBA insurance company will get what is called a Labor Market Survey. This is a report stating jobs that are allegedly open, available and suitable for you considering injuries, disability, education, training and such.
You MUST actually apply for each of the jobs and be ready to prove you applied for each of the jobs. This will be the key evidence to winning your case. Chances are you won’t get one of these jobs and that’s ok. When you apply for these recommended jobs you will see that the “jobs” either were never available to being with, are not real jobs, or you are not qualified to perform the jobs. But you can’t prove any of that unless you actually contact the employer and apply for the job.
What You Will Need to Win
You will recover future compensation when show your PTSD is related to your deployment. You will need to show that as a DBA employee you were exposed to events that could cause PTSD. This can include being under enemy fire, driving in enemy territory due to IED threats, the threat of suicide bombers, rocket attacks, mortars, gun fire, casualties and the like.
If your PTSD is disabling, then you are going to need medical documentation to support your condition/ disability. You don't have to show that you are disabled from all work, you just need to show that you can't return to your DBA employment. You MUST do this in order to receive lifetime weekly compensation benefits. In truth, your doctor recommending or saying you can’t go back to your DBA employment due to your PTSD will most likely win your case.
Speaking of truth, know this: DBA Judges have seen it all. They know. They have heard first-hand about the terrors of working in a war-torn region, so they know and they understand. They will be willing to help you if they can believe you and your story.
Which brings me to the best possible advice I can give any DBA claimant:
Tell the truth.
I mean tell the truth about every single detail relating to your DBA case. Know the ins and outs of your claim. Don’t be tempted to exaggerate anything about your injury or the pain you’re currently experiencing because it will only hurt your case.
No one wants to help out a liar. The judge here is no exception. So, take my advice, be honest. Tell the absolute and complete truth about everything with your DBA case and you will win your DBA case.
The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company. This means these good, honest folks get caught in a lie, make a mistake, hire the wrong attorney, etc.
Which is why you need to study up and learn everything related to the DBA law system. It is why you need to know what you’re going up against and what kind of traps are going to be laid out for you. It is why you need to know what to look for when hiring representation.
It is also why I put together an article library and FAQ page together for folks in the exact same situation as you. And if you have any questions about anything you’ve read, my office is available to answers the questions you have now.
Call us at: (619) 234-2833
Hiring the Best of The Best
Having the right DBA lawyer will usually determine whether you win or lose your DBA case. That is why it is important that you look outside your hometown or home state when you are seeking the best DBA lawyer to defend your claim.
You wouldn’t go on an expedition without an expert guide to lead you past the obstacles, would you? Navigating the tricky waters of the DBA system isn’t any different than that perilous expedition. You need an expert that not only know the rules, deadlines and guidelines of the DBA law systems but also what strategies, tools and tactics are needed to succeed in court.
This means looking at their interviews, their testimonials, their reviews on Avvo.com, if they won awards yet or have written books on their field of law. You want to feel confident when picking out a lawyer. So, make sure they are skilled and fully capable of beating the DBA insurance companies and their lawyers.
Look I know my firm can’t represent every civilian contractor who has been injured overseas. But I can give every worker covered by the DBA the resources they need to get all of their financial and medical benefits. So, if you don’t take anything from this page take this:
You have been injured. You deserve to get the treatment and financial compensation you need to start a new, balanced and healthy life. So, start studying and get your FREE copy of Win Your Defense Base Act Case. Start researching specialized DBA lawyers to represent you and your DBA cases.
Win your case with the truth.
You can do this.