“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
The First Thing You Must Do
The first thing you must do is always tell the truth. No matter what it is you are worried about, you must always be honest and never sugarcoat anything to the judge or you attorney. If you do, then you will lose your case. Trust me, I have seen it time and time again. Do not be that person.
The Next Step
Before you even think about signing any forms from the DBA insurance company, you need to do your research. Order my free book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. It is full of information that will benefit you with your road to recovery and peace of mind after becoming an injured DBA contractor.
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You know what they say about making assumptions. Don't let your doctor make assumptions about what your DBA job entails. This is why.
Let's back up a little
We'll start at the top. The U.S. military relies heavily on the work that civilian contractors do overseas, whether those contractors are working as linguists, as security specialists, or in other positions. No matter what kinds of jobs they perform or where they travel, there is no question that the work they do for defense contractors looks a lot different than the day-to-day work in a “normal” job back at home. It’s simply an understatement to say that it can be hard to communicate about the reality of a workday in a warzone.
While many contractors just accept that friends, family, and other people back home don’t really understand the risks and pressures of the job, the problems start to come up when a contractor gets hurt or gets sick while overseas. During the long process of getting injury or illness benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA), these kinds of misunderstandings about the realities of work in a war theater can be a major obstacle—especially when it’s the contractor’s own doctor who just “doesn’t get it.”
Why Your Doctor Needs to Understand the Realities of Your Job Overseas
Part of figuring out your benefits under the DBA will be looking at your long-term medical recovery and whether or not you will be able to return to the same line of work. The doctor handling your care is the one who makes recommendations about these kinds of things, and understanding what kind of work you’re really returning to is obviously an important factor.
As it turns out, a lot of doctors just don’t understand the realities of the day-to-day workday for civilian contractors. They might hear that you work as a “translator” or “nurse” and assume that you spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk in a safe office building—when nothing could be further from the truth. However, the doctor’s idea of your workday is what he or she will base the decision on, unless you take steps to make your doctor understand. This is why it is crucial that you take the time to talk with your doctor about what’s really expected of you on the job and what the limitations of your injury really are.
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