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What Should I Do If I Have PTSD? PTSD and the DBA

"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. Reach out - get the help you need."  Defense Base Act Lawyer - Bill Turley

Defense Base Act, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD and Getting DBA Benefits

My Best Advice

My best advice for your case is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When bringing a court case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. The DBA insurance company lawyer is going to try and make you look like you are lying. If this happens, the Judge will rule against you and you will lose. Bank on it. I know I do.

My Second Best Advice

Which brings me to my second best advice. The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company.  In other words, they don’t know that they are messing up their case. Happens all the time. Well meaning honest folks get caught in one of the DBA insurance company traps.

Which is why I strongly suggest that you read my free book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. This book is the best investment you are going to make. You can order it free here on this website or you can pay for it by ordering it from Amazon.com.

You don’t have to believe what I say about it - the book has dozens of 5 Star reviews on Amazon.com.

Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.

Need help right now?

You can call us at (619) 234-2833, we are here to listen. We are here to help.

Living With The Stress Of It All

If you are a DBA worker that worked in Iraq and/or Afghanistan (and other stressful countries) then you may have trouble dealing with the aftermath. If so, you aren't alone. Many, many DBA workers suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, have severe stress, anxiety and the like.

The symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include nightmares, flashbacks, mood swings, crying spells, difficulty sleeping, irritability, depression, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, anger and anxiety. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be very disabling. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is also known as PTSD. 

Post Traumatic Stess Disorder & The Defense Base Act

Under the DBA, PTSD cases are compensable. Meaning, you are eligible for DBA benefits if your PTSD is related to your DBA work. If this is you, you are probably entitled to DBA benefits.

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 needs to be your number one goal. 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. 

DBA Judges Have See It Before - They Will Probably Understand

Know this. DBA Judges see DBA workers. They hear about the unspeakable events and experiences DBA workers live with. As long as you are honest, the DBA Judge will probably understand your situation. 

You Will Need Medical Evidence Supporting Your PTSD

You are going to need medical documentation. That is, if your PTSD is disabling, then you are going to need medical evidence 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 in order to receive lifetime weekly compensation benefits.

Having the Right DBA Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

Having the right DBA lawyer will usually mean whether you win or lose your DBA case.. We stand up to the Defense Base Act insurance company that is trying to keep you from getting needed medical treatment and weekly compensation benefits.

How Us Being From San Diego Helps You

We are based in San Diego, California.  This is a benefit to you.  Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than us.  The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  We have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987.  Because San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers and San Diego’s  waterfront, we have gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience helps us win Defense Base Act cases.

Call us or email us today - we can help you get your life back

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

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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