“I’ll tell you what the public likes more then anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world-honesty.” -Merle Haggard
The Truth Matters
When handling your DBA case, nothing matters more then the honest truth. Nothing. You must be straight forward and honest about your case. I have seen many instances where a client will sugar coat their injury and the courts throw out the case. Why? All because they were not honest from the get go.
The DBA insurance company is not on your side. They have traps laying around for you to fall in. And bet on it, if you do not follow the proper steps with your DBA case, you will fall right in.
Remember the DBA insurance company is not your friend. I strongly suggest you order a free copy of my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap To The Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve. The book has plenty of great 5 Star Reviews on Amazon, and it is a guide to only help you succeed in your case.
Trust me. My only goal here is to make sure honest hard working folks like you, do not get ripped off by these companies.
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US Academi Training Center, US Training Center: A Defense Base Act Nightmare
The following is a Defense Base Act case study. My law firm is the one of the two largest law firms in the world that represents overseas civilian contractors. This case study concerns U.S. Training Center and/or US Academi Training Center. But it could very well be a dozen other contracting companies.
Who would have thought that?
Those of you that follow this website know that I an known for being straight-up and frank. Believe it or not, a lawyer that is direct, blunt and honest. Imagine that.
Steve and U.S. Training Center and/or US Academi Training Center: A Defense Base Act Nightmare
This post is about Steve. Steve isn’t his real name, of course. Steve was a US Marine. He saw the money that overseas civilian contractors were pulling. So he gets discharged from the Marines.
Steve works for a few companies, then he hooks up with U.S. Training Center and/or US Academi Training Center in Afghanistan. Steve’s a security specialist. He’s traveling in an inadequately armored vehicle.
Next thing, Steve is upside down in the vehicle. An IED blows up the vehicle in front. Steve limps out of the vehicle to help the guys in what’s left of the vehicle in front. He helps pull men out of the burning vehicle. He takes off his belt to tie off his buddy’s arm to stop the hemorrhaging.
Things go from bad to worse. Much worse. Right after they evacuate the vehicle, Steve and his team come under attack by insurgents. They are pinned down by small arms fire. Rocket propelled grenades follow. Steve’s able to retreat and take cover behind a wall.
To this day, Steve sees the carnage that was left. He can’t get it out of his head. Steve’s leg is pretty mangled. He has significant residual disability in his leg. But nothing compared to what happened to Steve’s head.
Post Traumatic Stress Injury
Steve is diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Only his doctor calls it Post Traumatic Stress Injury. It’s not a “disorder” when your buddies are blown up right in front of you. It’s not a “disorder” when you are covered in blood from your buddies. It’s not a “disorder” when you have seen what Steve has.
At first, Steve’s claim is accepted. He gets Defense Base Act benefits. His orthopedic doctor finds his leg injury reaches maximum medical improvement.
A DBA Hack Doctor - The Wash-Out Medical Report
The adjuster sends Steve to one of the biggest DBA insurance company hack doctors to “evaluate” his PTSD.
We repeatedly see this doctor wash out seriously injured people. Happens all the time.
Only Steve’s lawyer hasn’t heard of this doctor. No one prepares Steve for what he should expect. No one tells Steve the doctor is going to try and push Steve’s buttons. That’s what this hack doctor does. He tries to get people to lose their cool. And when you do, he washes you out. What we have found is that if you are able to not “react” to the doctor’s antics, then you are much better off. If yceand polite to him and don’t fall for his tricks, you have a much better chance of getting a decent report.
When you fall for his B.S. and start swearing and screaming at him, you’re done. Only Steve didn’t get the memo. Steve wasn’t prepped on what he should expect. Steve loses his cool and the doctor washes him out.
A wash out medical report. A 60+ page diatribe is what it is. Says Steve is malingering. Says Steve is faking his symptoms. It even calls into question Steve’s story about what he saw in Afghanistan.
Steve’s benefits are cut off
So the DBA insurance company cuts off Steve’s weekly benefits. It had been about a year since Steve’s benefits were cut off when Steve’s wife finally decides that she has to do something. She hear’s about my book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case and orders a free copy. She figures out that the local lawyer that they had hired didn’t know how to move Steve’s case. Steve’s case isn’t going anywhere. So his wife calls us.
There's a lesson here
This doesn’t have to be you. You can learn from Steve’s mistakes. The first mistake Steve made was hiring an attorney that had a pretty website. It claimed he was a Defense Base Act attorney. And, the attorney was fairly close to where Steve lived, so Steve decided he needed an attorney that was close to where he lived. This was a big mistake.
For many, if not most, folks - they are simply not going to find a quality Defense Base Act attorney nearby where they live. If you happen to live nearby one of the handful of really good DBA lawyers, you are in the minority.
Getting back to Steve
The second way to deal with this hack doctor is demonstrate to the Defense Base Act insurance adjuster that their hack doctor has “cut and paste” reports. The “good” doctor generates 60+ page reports that are basically cut and pasted from previous reports. We have a bank of very similar “cookie cutter” reports from this doctor.
The second way to deal with this doctor is to prove he is wrong. We get sworn statements from Steve’s team members that were there that witnessed the IED, fire-fight and resulting carnage. We get statements sworn statements from Steve’s friends back home that have known him for years that attest to the huge changes in Steve.
Once we sit down with the adjuster and demonstrate that their hack doctor is very impeachable due to the cut and paste nature of his medical reports, show Steve’s team members sworn statement and his friends back home statements (we figured we had to disclose this stuff anyway during pre-trial exchanges) - - we are able to get the case resolved.
Your not so standard disclaimer
Disclaimer. There are no guarantees in life or law. If an attorney tries to guarantee you any particular result with your DBA case, run. Fast. Seriously. Every case is different. In other words, objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. Measured by weight, not by volume. Of course, the names and details have been changed in order to protect the innocent, not so innocent, the guilty and the guilty as heck.