“Truth is its own reward” - Plato
The Leonie Group and the DBA
“We provide a menu of services targeting problems in very hazardous parts of the world.” – Leonie Group’s Career Page
What does working in a hazardous part of the world mean for you as a Leonie employee? It means that there are plenty of unforeseen dangers that can affect your health and ability to work. If any of these unforeseen dangers become a reality and you get injured while working overseas you’ll likely be sent home and getting a new job with a new injury might not be so easy. You’ll likely not make the same kind of money you’re used to making or you won’t be able to afford the medical bills that your injury is incurring. So, what do you do?
The first thing you do is make sure that you are covered under the Defense Base Act. The Defense Base Act covers overseas civilian contractors who have been injured while working overseas. Then you file your DBA claim with the Department of Labor.
You have one year to file your DBA claim after the date of the injury or the last day you receive your pay checks (whichever comes first).
After that it’s time to start studying, lawyer up and gathering evidence.
Most DBA claims go to court and this is because DBA insurance companies can make a lot of money by delegitimizing real DBA claims. There is a pretty good chance your DBA claim will become a DBA case and that means you are going to have learn all you can about the DBA law system.
I suggest starting with my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case, because first it’s FREE. Secondly, it is the “must-read” for all injured civilian contractors with a DBA claim on their hands. It notes every action that you must take in order to win your DBA case.
Don’t take my word for it, take these guys’, who are in the exact same boat as you.
There is also the Turley and Mara website which offers videos, FAQ, a DBA article library, interviews, and podcasts all about the Defense Base Act. And all of it can be utilized to help you win your case because they all cover a certain aspect of the DBA legal system clearly and concisely.
You are going to need to find the best DBA lawyer on the current market. This will take more than just Googling the best local lawyer. You are going to have to find someone, even if they are based out of your state, with the experience and know-how to not only take on the DBA insurance companies and their lawyers but also beat them.
Learn more here about what to look for when choosing representation for your DBA case.
Or if you are determined to find someone within your home state, look up “Best DBA Lawyer in _____” and see what you find.
Here’s the deal, I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you, the DBA insurance companies want you to lose your case. I don’t care how nice the DBA insurance adjuster was to you, they are not your friend. They want you to lose.
They are going to make sure you lose by exposing every detail of case and finding the one detail that doesn’t line up with your story. It could be a past injury, an exaggeration on your part, something your doctor said, etc. They want to make you out to be a liar.
They do this because they know that DBA cases are won based on credibility. If you have sound credibility you have nothing to worry about. However, if your integrity is in question you are screwed. The judge is not going to be on your side if they think you are lying about any part of you claim, no matter how small it may be. That is fact. So just make it easier and let the truth be you champion.
Look I am telling you this because I want you to win your DBA case. No one and their family want to fight this battle against the DBA insurance companies. I know that and you definitely know that. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get what you deserve.
Even if you don’t hire the Turley and Mara Law Firm for your case of we can’t take your case for whatever reason (‘cause let’s be honest we can’t represent every overseas injured worker in the world) then at least utilize our resources. Make yourself as prepared as possible for the battle that is yet to come.
If you’re ready and honest then this process is going to get a lot smoother.
I can promise you that.