The Real Value of Hiring the Right DBA Lawyer
When you hire a Defense Base Act lawyer, you’re not hiring someone to guarantee that you’ll win your case. There are no guarantees in life or law (especially in the law, I might add). You’re not hiring them to build a case strategy plan and tell you what to do to get there. Although, that is part of it.
What you’re really hiring them to do is be a coach when things get difficult. When things go bad, or bad situations arise, or when it hits the fan. A good, honest DBA lawyer will help keep you from making a bad decision. Make no mistake about it - oftentimes no decision, is a decision. Which can be disastrous.
First of all, a good DBA lawyer knows the law and the procedure (the rules). This case is probably your first rodeo, so to speak. Even if it’s your second rodeo, you don’t want someone that is getting on the job training. You’re hiring someone that can see the field, so to speak. (Sorry, to mix metaphors here).
Second, a good DBA lawyer doesn’t have the same emotional attachment to your case that you have. Folks almost always evaluate their cases based upon emotion, rather than logic and clear thinking.
Combining experience with non-emotional decision-making is the real value in hiring the right DBA lawyer.
If you want to know more about hiring a DBA Lawyer check out this article on the Top 10 DBA Questions (see Questions 2,3, 4, and 6....).
Keep One Thing in Mind
I know that winning your Defense Base Act case means a secure and hopeful future for you and your family. I know that winning your DBA case is a necessity, not an option. I know this, so I’m going to tell you the one thing that always wins in court: the truth.
The truth wins. The cold honest truth is the way you win your Defense Base Act case. Exaggerations, hyperboles and lies lose your DBA case. I hate losing. I hate losing more than I love winning. So, playing the truth is how I win the game and it’s going to be how you win too.
The DBA insurance companies want you to lose, they want to catch you in a lie or twist your words so that the Judge won’t believe you. Don’t fall for it. Lawyer up and get your details straight. The truth wins, every time.
As in battle there is nothing that can replace experience or preparation when it comes to your DBA case. You are going to need to research, study and understand the Defense Base Act, the minute details that pertain to your case and the traps placed by the DBA insurance companies that you need to avoid.
In order to do so you will need resources. I’d start with my book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case: The Ultimate Straight Talk Roadmap to the Medical Treatment and Money You and Your Family Deserve.
This “straight-to-the-point” book has helped seriously injured workers from overseas all over the world take the first steps into dealing with their DBA claim and it can help you too. Check out it’s numerous 5 star reviews on Amazon or order it here FREE. It breaks down what you need to look for in a DBA lawyer, what you need to watch out for when it comes to the DBA insurance companies and what to do to build up your case for success.
With that outline of what to do and how to do it you can ready yourself even more with The Turley Law Firm PC website, a comprehensive guide to all things DBA related. There’s no such thing as “too prepared”.
These preparations are just the first steps, you are going to need someone to guide and support you through this complex process. You are going to want to hire an experienced DBA lawyer, one that is an expert in this field and doesn’t guess or hesitate, to be your guide.
Think Outside Your Box
Don’t fall for the trap that so many hard-working folks fall for by getting a lawyer recommended by the DBA insurance company or a local lawyer that has no experience with the Defense Base Act.
I can’t tell you how many calls we get from panicking folks who:
- have had their benefits cut off and their lawyer is out of their depth.
- their lawyer messed up their case and they need help fixing it.
- their lawyer has stopped answering their calls.
So, here’s my second-best advice after “always tell the truth”, be careful who you pick as your representation. Make sure they’re more than good. Make sure they’re the best.
Now finding a well-seasoned DBA lawyer located in Hawaii might not be possible and that’s ok. The Defense Base Act is under federal law, which means any lawyer licensed in the U.S can represent you. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re in Honolulu, O’ahu, Kapaa, or Kihei you can and must get an informed and experienced DBA attorney.
I’m based in San Diego and that matters:
The Defense Base Act falls under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). San Diego has the biggest shipyard on the west coast and I have been representing it’s longshore men and shipyard workers for 25 years. From this experience I gained valuable experience with this act and when seriously injured civilian contractors began returning to California from overseas they came to my office for help. I then gained experienced with DBA cases before the Iraq and Afghanistan wars even began.
Now my firms is one of the top two DBA law firms in the world and we represent injured DBA workers and their families from all over the world. And I’m trying to help the ones I can’t represent, because there’s no way my firm can represent them all, by supplying the resources injured DBA workers need to win their cases.
I hate losing. I hate the idea of good people losing on what’s rightfully theirs.
A Tip for The Road
Time is of the essence and doing nothing will get you nowhere. If your medical or financial benefits are being cut off or denied, you need to take action.
The squeaky wheel gets the oil, right? Start squeaking!
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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.