The Symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome
According to the VA website, a prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of “medically unexplained” chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. The VA goes on to explain that they prefer not to call this Gulf War Syndrome. This because the “because symptoms vary widely.”
According to the VA, Gulf War Veterans who meet certain criteria do not need to prove a connection between their military service and illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.
As you probably know, the Gulf Wars differed from every other U.S. war in one very significant extent. Unlike almost every other war in U.S. history the Gulf Wars were waged with a huge number of overseas civilian contractors. Most of these workers are covered by the Defense Base Act (DBA).
What is the Defense Base Act, and What Does it Cover?
The DBA is a workers’ compensation plan that is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (Longshore Act). Thus, the DBA actually falls under maritime law. Therefore, most of the best seasoned DBA lawyers are maritime lawyers.
The Defense Base Act covers all injuries and/or illnesses that occurred due to civilian contractors working overseas. This includes Gulf War Syndrome.
Three things that you should do
If you or a loved one worked in the Gulf Wars as a civilian contractor and you suffer from the these symptoms, then you should consider doing three things.
1. Seek medical treatment from a doctor that is familiar with Gulf War Syndrome. Carefully choosing the right doctor is very important.
2. I recommend that you consult with and hire the very best Defense Base Act law firm that you can find. Often times, the best DBA lawyer will be far from where you live.
3. I recommend that before you file a claim, speak with the DBA insurance company adjuster and/or consult with a lawyer that you get a copy of my book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. The book is free and is packed with great information that will help you make the right decisions.
Win Your DBA Case With the Truth
At the end of the day, a DBA case is a court case. It all comes down to your beleivability / credibility. If the Judge beleives you - then you will usually win. If the Judge doesn't beleive you then you usually lose. It really is that simple sometimes. Therefore, nothing is more important to you winning y our case than you telling the truth.
“Atticus, you must be wrong."
"Well, most folks seem to think they're right and you're wrong. . ."
"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions," said Atticus, "but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
A World Wide Practice
We are asked by injured DBA workers across the World to represent them. We have a World wide practice. We represent injured Defense Base Act workers that live across America and around the World.