“I’ll tell you what the public likes more then anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world-honesty.” -Merle Haggard
My Best Advice
Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugar coat their case, it will help them win more money. Wrong.
You have to be up-front, honest, and truthful to your attorney and the judge. If a judge suspects your not telling the truth, you can say goodbye to your case. Count on it. I have seen it time and time again.
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Contractors working under the Defense Base Act face many risks, especially those stationed in hot and unforgiving climates. Workers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and other countries with little to no shade are not only in constant danger of violent actions, they are also likely to suffer from a common and pernicious form of skin cancer known as melanoma.
Melanoma accounts for 3 out of every 4 deaths caused by skin cancer, and is most common in people who have been exposed to high levels of UV radiation. The condition presents as a mole on the skin, which quickly forms cancerous cells that spread rapidly throughout the body.
The warning signs of a melanoma can be easily remembered using the ABCs:
- Asymmetry. Many people have moles that are completely normal, usually appearing as small round dots. Take a look at the shape of your mole. If you draw a line across its center, are the two halves roughly the same? If the two halves do not match, your mole could be more than meets the eye.
- Border. The edge of the mole should be the same all the way around. Any pale borders, jagged edges, and irregularities around the base of the mole can be a sign of trouble.
- Color. Benign moles are usually one solid color. Several different colors, dark spots, or many shades of color within a single mole should be evaluated immediately.
- Diameter. Although it is possible for melanomas to be smaller, they typically measure 6mm (1/4 inch) or more in diameter. If you’re not sure how big the mole is, measure the full length across the mole with a tape measure.
- Evolution. A mole can be troubling if it changes over time. If your mole has gotten bigger, changed color, has started itching, occasionally bleeds, or used to be a different shape, you should report these symptoms to your doctor.
If one of more of these symptoms is present in a mole, it is vital that you seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Patients are much more likely to survive a melanoma diagnosis with early detection, allowing treatment to begin before the cancer cells can spread.
Can I Get Defense Base Act Benefits for Melanoma Treatment?
Your melanoma development could be related to your standing in the sun for hours on end, especially if you were not provided proper sun protection or allowed rest breaks. However, these injury claims are often difficult to prove, making it harder to receive compensation. Order our free DBA Resource Guide to learn as much as you can while filing your claim.