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The Arecibo Observatory or "AO"
Found in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the Arecibo Observatory or "AO" is a fully functioning radar telescope that has been used extensively by the United States for scientific purposes since the 1960s.
“The AO operates on a continuous basis, 24 hours a day every day, providing observing time, electronics, computer, travel and logistic supper to scientists from all over the world.” This means that the AO needs to be continuously staffed and those staff members are likely covered by the DBA.
The AO has a working staff of about “120 persons who work in different areas such as cooks, administrators, scientists, engineers, maintenance workers, technicians and telescope operators, among others.”
If you've been injured while working at the AO, you are probably covered under the Defense Base Act.
Being covered by the DBA means that if anything happens to these AO employees and they get seriously injured they are entitled to benefits. These benefits can come in 2 different forms, medical and financial. These benefits can also be the means for survival for some of these injured employees after they return home from overseas.
Unfortunately, getting access to these benefits after being injured can be a lengthy and frustrating process. It will likely include numerous steps like hiring a DBA lawyer, talking to a DBA insurance adjuster, discussing your injury with your doctor and gathering evidence.
Understanding the DBA
The Defense Base Act is not easy to completely understand, and the insurance companies would prefer to keep it that way. That is why I post articles about the DBA on this website. I want folks and their families to get a fair shake when it comes to a DBA case.
I have been practicing DBA law for a long time and have put together a case study on the ins and outs of a DBA case that you can find here.
What I have found with these cases is that very often you can learn what not to do from the mistakes of others. I address that in an article here about the top 5 mistakes that I have seen over the years.
The truth wins Defense Base Act (DBA) cases. That’s the secret. It’s really that simple. You need to be able to be completely honest about you DBA claim in front of the judge. If you are able to be honest with every detail, every piece of evidence and with everyone then yes you will your DBA case. This is because DBA cases are won based on credibility. This means that your credibility needs to be perfect, which is going to require complete honesty.
You are going to need to figure out how to do all of this. But you’re not on your own. There are great resources out there for folks in similar situations.
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Outstanding resource for injured workers in DBA cases.
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This article isn't legal advice
These discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. These testimonials, endorsements, photos and/or discussions do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, or your particular case/ situation. Every case is different. There are any number of reasons why DBA cases are not won and/or are not as successful folks might have hoped for.
Just because we have gotten great results in so many other Defense Base Act cases, doesn't guarantee in particular result in other cases. Including, your DBA case. Every case is different.