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The Dos and Don’ts of Talking About a Defense Base Act Injury With Your Doctor

How to Discuss a Defense Base Act with your doctor- Bill Turley

My Best Advice

Nothing is more important when handling your case, then speaking the truth. People who believe if they sugarcoat 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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Injured Overseas?

No two injuries are completely alike, and neither are the people who experience them. After you are injured overseas, you may feel well enough to attempt climbing a flight of stairs, or you may be unable to get out of bed. No matter how you are feeling and the symptoms you have suffered, it is important to discuss your injury and abilities carefully at every doctor’s appointment to ensure that you receive your Defense Base Act benefits.

Take Care When Talking About Your Injury With a DBA Doctor

Your medical records and your physician’s evaluation will both be used to evaluate your DBA claim. For this reason, you must advocate on your own behalf when discussing your symptoms with your doctor. When you see your doctor for treatment and check-ups, you should always remember to:

  • Be honest. Never exaggerate your symptoms of give any false information to the doctor. If your doctor catches you in a lie, he may indicate that in your records, weakening your benefit case.
  • Be specific. Your doctor will want to know how your condition has changed since the last visit. Instead of saying that your injury is better or worse, give specific examples of things that have happened which affected your injury and abilities. For example, if your knee gave way while climbing stairs, or your back hurt for days after driving, or you attempted to lift something but couldn’t manage it, mention these instances.
  • Discuss new activities. If you think you can do more physically, you should always discuss increasing your activity with your doctor before you begin. Injuries that are improving may suddenly relapse under strain, so discuss any exercise, even walking, before you attempt it.

There are also a few things that can jeopardize your right to benefits. Here are a few mistakes to keep in mind at your next appointment:

  • Don't stick to one problem. Many patients make the mistake of discussing only what hurts the most, rather than detailing all of their symptoms. Not only does your doctor need to know all of your symptoms to give you the best treatment, but failing to list all of your medical problems can hurt your claim later.
  • Don't downplay your symptoms. Doctor’s appointments can be embarrassing and frightening, so you may be tempted to hide your suffering in order to get out of the office more quickly. However, your doctor can only put down in your medical records what you tell him. Stick to the facts, and be as accurate as possible.
  • Don’t push yourself. After you leave the office, you may feel like trying new activities. Be wary that your DBA insurance company is always on the lookout for evidence to use against you (such as pictures of you on social media). Always discuss any new activities that are outside your restrictions with your doctor first, both for your health and your case.

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