Strength v. Weakness
The truth of the matter is, the more prepared you are to take your case to court, the more likely you are to win and obtain the benefits that you are entitled to under the Defense Base Act. To negotiate, you want to have the advantage and be in a position of strength to do so.
“When I seek out professional advice, I want advice straight-up. With no B.S. If you do also, you’re in the right place.”
Defense Base Act Lawyer – Bill Turley
Don’t try this at home....
According to the MacMillian Dictionary, this phrase is used for warning someone not to try to do something that you are showing them. This phrase is often used by television presenters.
It also means that you should REALLY think twice before you try and represent yourself in your DBA case. Before you try this at home, with your DBA case, I suggest that you check out this article on the Top 10 Defense Base Act questions. (Question No. 2, on the list, and be sure to check Out Questions No. 3, 4 and 6, which are also about hiring a DBA lawyer).
Civilian DOD Contractors Injured in Somalia & The Defense Base Act
If you were injured working under a DOD contract while deployed as a civilian contractor in Somalia, you are entitled to benefits under the Defense Base Act. In order to receive benefits under the DBA, you must bring on a Defense Base Act Case. Benefits under the DBA include medical benefits and compensation benefits.
Some truth about your DBA case
Believe it or not, I’m known for being frank and straight-up. So here it goes.
Even if you suffered an overseas work injury, it is not always easy getting these benefits. Even if the injury seems pretty clear-cut, you should not assume that the benefits will come without some possible delays or hiccups. You will have to deal with the DBA insurance company.
The DBA insurance company makes profits by denying legitimate DBA claims. I’d like to tell you different, but that’s the brutal truth.
You have to tell the truth
Here is some more truth, a DBA case is a court case. When you bring a DBA case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. This is why you must tell the truth about everything.
DBA Insurance Company tricks and traps
The insurance companies have tricks and traps that they will use to attack you and your credibility. These tricks and traps will ruin your case.
You don’t have to be trying to lie or deceive anyone in order to wreck your case. These tricks and traps work, again and again. It's all about them denying claims. Even legitimate claims like your claim.
One of the main purposes of my book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case - is to help you avoid these mistakes.
Win Your Defense Base Act Case
In my book and in this website, I provide answers to many of your most common questions about the DBA. I give you real material that you can use to help you win your Somalia DOD private contractor Defense Base Act case.
I suggest that you get a free copy of my book and read it before you talk to the adjuster, sign any forms, give any statements (don’t do this) and/or hire the wrong lawyer.
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Somalia – Civilian Contractor Injury Data
According to the United States Department of Labor’s DBA Case Summary data report, there were a total of 23 documented injury cases from Somalia in the 2018 fiscal year. The key word here is “documented”. The website also states that “These reports do not constitute the complete or official casualty statistics of civilian contractor injuries and deaths. They are offered as general information to the public who may be interested in the scope of civilian government contracting overseas.”
Reality is, the amount of unreported and undocumented injuries will bring the data way up. I have criticized these numbers in the past as being extremely low, and with good reason.
One example that I’ve talked about is PTSD. Most PTSD injuries under the DBA are not reported right away. In fact, most of the psychological injuries aren’t reported until after a contractor has returned home, and often develop after much time has already passed. These are the cases that often fall between the “cracks” and are left out of these reports.
You have a Defense Base Act Case if you are working as an overseas civilian contractor in Somalia and you are seriously injured.
Spouses and children have a DBA Case if a loved one is killed overseas as a civilian contractor in Somalia.
Somalia in Recent Years
Over the years, Somalia has become an even more dangerous place to work as a civilian contractor. According to reports, the United States relies on private contractors to resolve conflict in Somalia in the fight against Al Shabaab, the Somali militant group allied with Al Qaeda, and ISIS-Somalia.
Though America’s fight against the Islamic State in north Africa has made headlines over the last few years, disorder in Somalia has long been a focal point for the U.S. global war on terror. The war on terror still grows in Somalia. Recent reports state that though America’s drone war in Somalia has been cloaked in silence, in the last two years the number of American airstrikes in Somalia have notably increased.
The increase in strikes came after President Trump approved policy changes ending the limitation on drone strikes executed by the Obama administration. In early 2017, Trump classified parts of Somalia an “area of active hostilities,” temporarily bringing them under less-restrictive targeting rules. By the end of 2017, President Trump’s Administration had revised several of Obama-era restrictions, allowing freedom for the pentagon to expand and carry out drone strikes in Somalia.
SOC LLC in Somalia
We have represented injured civilian contractors who work for SOC LLC for many years. Our clients have gone from working in theater, most in the private security industry as protective security specialists (PSS) or in similar capacities– to becoming undeployable and under DBA due to a work injury or illness.
According to their website, SOC LLC’s customers include the U.S. Departments of State, Energy, and Defense. along with Fortune 500 companies and non-governmental organizations. This year alone, we have been getting inquiries from SOC contractors who were injured in Somalia. Here is an article about SOC and the Defense Base Act.
DBA Insurance Carrier for SOC LLC - Somalia
Our 2019 office data so far shows that the current DBA Insurance Carrier for SOC LLC in Somalia is Allied World Assurance Company (AWAC). Because DBA cases can be complex, a Third-Party Administrator is brought on to aid the insurance company in organizing and managing these risk claims. The Third-Party Administrator (TPA) for AWAC is Broadspire.
Injured contractors or their attorneys will primarily be dealing with the insurance adjusters and representatives at Broadspire throughout the duration of their DBA case. We have had dozens, even hundreds of claims against AWAC/Broadspire over the years, so we have experience in dealing with their adjusters.
You want to be prepared to fight for your benefits and fight hard while up against DBA Insurance Companies like AWAC/Broadspire and the like.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, the insurance companies will do everything in their power to deny your claim. Whether or not you decide to hire a DBA attorney for your case, always be prepared and always tell the truth. In the end, your credibility is what’s going to help you win in court.
Your next steps
First, be sure to claim your free copy of the Win Your Defense Base Act Case book.
Second, you should start documenting your case, so you can help your attorney. Whether you hire us or some other DBA law firm, you need to hire the best, honest DBA lawyer that you can find.
Third, check out this article on the Top 10 Questions on the DBA.
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