"If you are a seriously injured Defense Base Act worker - you need to know the facts of life about Defense Base Act Law. We give it too you straight. No sugar added. No lawyer talk, no double talk. Just good old fashioned, unsweetened truth." Bill Turley
When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more than the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straightforward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugarcoat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get go.
The DBA insurance company is not on your side. They have traps laying around for you to fall in. And bet on it, if you do not follow the proper steps with your DBA case, you will fall right in.
The Next Step
Remember the DBA insurance company is not your friend. I strongly suggest you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. Trust me. My only goal here is to make sure honest hard working folks like you, do not get ripped off by these companies.
Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.
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Defense Base Act Injuries
To be entitled to benefits under Defense Base Act Law, you must have sustained an injury within the meaning of the Act. And your disability must have resulted from an injury.
What Does “Injury” Mean?
The term "injury" means accidental injury or death arising out of and in the course of employment. Injuries covered under the Defense Base Act include everything from tripping and falling on steps, to automobile collisions, to getting hurt while ducking for cover while under enemy fire, injured by IED explosions, to breaking your ankle playing basketball, to getting injured playing soccer, to falling out of your bunk and injuring yourself. If you get hurt in country/in theater then you are most likely covered under Defense Base Act Law.
Occupational Diseases and Cumulative Traumas
When it comes to DBA claims, the term “injury” also includes occupational diseases, cumulative traumas or infections that arise arises out of your DBA employment. For example, knee injuries due to training, carpel tunnel due to typing/ mouse movements, elbow injuries due to chipping paint, hearing loss due to being around loud noises, to illness due to drinking bad water, all may qualify under current Defense Base Act law.
Presumption Of Work Relatedness
Injuries are presumed to be work related under the DBA after you establish a prima facie case (meaning: prove your case) that your injury not only was caused by the DBA employment, but that it also arose during your DBA employment. This is an important concept. Click here for more about DBA Presumptions.
You Don't Have To Have A Doctor's Report
You don't need a doctor under the DBA to prove you were injured in order for your case to be covered under the DBA. While we certainly recommend you have a doctor to establish your claim is work related, it isn't required.
What Your Doctor Needs To Say
That being said, you should have a doctor's report that explains why your injury AND resulting disability are work related. Here, you don't want conclusions. You want and need a short description (a couple paragraphs will usually do it) which explains why your injury is DBA work related and why your disability is work related.
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