“When I seek out professional advice, I want honesty, I want frankness, I want advice straight-up. So should you.” Bill Turley
My Best Advice
The biggest mistake that most injured Defense Base Act contractors make is not telling the truth. The moment your untruthful about your case, is the moment you can say goodbye to it. The worse thing you could do for your DBA case is to not tell the honest truth.
No matter what it is, you must be up front and honest about every single detail with your attorney and the Judge. It will not only help your case, but it could be the difference between winning or losing your case.
Most folks do not even know where to start with their Defense Base Act Case once they are injured. I go over every step in my free book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical and Treatment And Money You and Your Family Deserve.
It is full of helpful and useful information for folks just like you. Check out the Amazon Reviews too, I promise you will not be disappointed.
South Africans and overseas civilian contractor claims
The U.S. Defense Base Act is a workers’ compensation program that covers civilian contractor employees that are injured around the world. Whether you were injured while working under a U.S. defense contract in Afghanistan, Iraq or surrounding countries or whether you were injured in other parts of the world - - if you are have a Defense Base Act injury claim you probably have many questions. If this is you - then you are in the right place. This is the most comprehensive Defense Base Act website. Here at this website you will find a ton of useful free information that will help you win your DBA case.
Based on what have seen, many South Africans were recruited to work in Iraq, Afghanistan and the surrounding countries. After you are injured, you most likely will return to South Africa. And you may even be searching to see if you can find South Africa Defense Base Act Lawyer and/or trying to find out if you can bring a Defense Base Act claim in South Africa. This article will answer those questions and more.
The DBA covers you even if you are a South African citizen. While the law is a tad different if you are not a United States citizen, you still are entitled to DBA benefits.
A lay of the land
The first thing that you need to realize is that you are in a battle with the DBA insurance company. The law requires overseas defense contractors to obtain Defense Base Act insurance. Thus, you are in a battle with the insurance company to get the benefits that you are entitled to under the law. The insurance company is a for profit company that doesn’t want to pay you anything and/or provide you any benefits.
You need to lawyer-up
The insurance company has trained adjusters and shark-like lawyers that prey on unrepresented people, just like you. They make a ton of money if you don’t have a seasoned DBA lawyer. Truth is, while there a lot of lawyers that have DBA web sites, very few of them specialize in DBA claims. The problem for you is that you don’t know the good lawyers from the bad lawyers and the lawyers that have a few DBA cases and the lawyers that have represented hundreds of these cases. Hiring the wrong lawyer is a sure fire way to ruin your DBA case.
So whether it is with our law firm or one of the other top DBA law firms - you need to lawyer-up.
South Africa Defense Base Act Attorney
You might be thinking that you are looking for a South Africa Defense Base Act lawyer. However, what you are going to find is that the DBA is part of the law of the United States of America. Thus, all of the really good DBA lawyers are located in the U.S.A. Fact is, you aren’t going to find a South African DBA lawyer in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Soweto, or Tembisa.
Why having a San Diego Defense Base Act Lawyer is a benefit to you
I am based in San Diego, California. This is a benefit to you. Few Defense Base Act lawyers have been handling DBA cases longer than I have. The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. I have been handling Longshore Act cases since 1987. San Diego has the largest shipyard on the west coast with thousands of shipyard workers. Today, I have offices in San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield. I represent Longshore workers up and down the west coast. I gained valuable experience with these cases long before the United States sent civilian workers to Iraq and Afghanistan.
San Diego is a second largest military town in the United States. And California is the largest State in the United States. There are many former military personnel that went to Iraq and Afghanistan as overseas civilian contractors that returned to San Diego and California with serious DBA injuries. In addition, many linguists are from California. When they needed help with their Defense Base Act cases they hired my law firm. Today, my law firm represents more Defense Base Act workers than any other law firm on the west coast. I am told by the DBA insurance company lawyers that my law firm is one of the three largest DBA law firms.
Defense Base Act cases are what we do. We represent DBA workers from across America and from around the world.
One way that I am different
What you are going to find is that most lawyers and their websites only give you generalized and vague information about your claim and the law. I think they do that so that you will think that you have to hire them to get useful information. You will see that I'm different. You are going to find that this both website and my book Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk. Roadmap to The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve are full of free and extremely useful information that I give away for free. I realize that I can't represent every DBA claimant. I am very selective in regards to whom we accept as clients. Thus, I am trying to level the playing field between you and the insurance company and their shark lawyers.
Here is a big head’s up - it is all about your credibility
Whether you hire my firm or not, you really need to follow this advice. Fact is, most lawyers don’t want to give out this kind of advice, because they want you to think that you have to hire them first. So here it goes.
When you have a legal case, nothing is more important than your credibility. When you have a court case, nothing is more important than whether the Judge believes you and your story. The single most important factor that determines whether you win or lose your case is your credibility.
Of course, the first thing you need to do is to always tell the truth. What you may not realize is the insurance company is working hard to destroy your credibility. Many good honest folks fall for the insurance companies tricks and traps. You don't want to be that guy (or gal).
Defense Base Act Independent Medical Examinations
One important thing that you need to know is that the DBA insurance company has the right to have you examined by an insurance company doctor. They call this an “Independent Medical Examination.” Know this - there is usually (but not always) absolutely nothing "independent" about this doctor. In most circumstances, this is really a “Defense Medical Examination.”
Most of the time, the insurance company chooses this doctor because they can count on the doctor giving a report that is bad for you and good for the insurance company.
This doesn’t mean that you can be rude or impolite to the doctor when you are examined by the doctor. You must be polite, cooperative and nice to the doctor.
Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.