“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” Spencer Johnson
My best advice
My best advice to you is for you to always tell the truth. Always. When bringing a court case, nothing is more important than your credibility. Nothing else is even close. The DBA insurance company lawyer is going to try and make you look like you are lying.
If they are successful in making you look like your lying, , the Judge will rule against you and you will lose. Bank on it. I know I do. More on this in a minute.
The problem is that in many instances folks get caught in traps left for them by the DBA insurance company. In other words, they don’t know that they are messing up their case. Happens all the time. Well meaning honest folks get caught in one of the DBA insurance company traps.
My second best advice
I strongly suggest that you read my free book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. This book is the best investment you are going to make.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as being under enemy fire, driving in enemy territory due to IED threats, the threat of suicide bombers, rocket attacks, mortars, gunfire, casualties and the like.
You have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. You may develop PTSD. You may relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged. These symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair your daily life.
Defense Base Act Law & PTSD: What You Need To Prove In Order To Win Your Defense Base Act PTSD Case
You will recover future compensation when show your PTSD is related to your deployment. You will need to show that as a DBA employee you were exposed to events that could cause PTSD. Such as: such as being under enemy fire, driving in enemy territory due to IED threats, the threat of suicide bombers, rocket attacks, mortars, gun fire, casualties and the like.
Your doctor recommending or saying you can’t go back to your DBA employment due to your PTSD will probably win your case. The key here is to have your doctor write a well reasoned medical report that is supported by your being exposed to bad stuff while in theater (or it's usually in theater) and relating that to your current symptoms.
It’s a Wage Loss Concept
The DBA is based upon a wage loss concept. You will only get future compensation if you can show that you are unable to return to your DBA work due to your injuries. Your future compensation will be the difference between what you were earning as a DBA worker and what you are able to earn now, in light of your injuries, disability, education, training and what jobs are available to you in your geographic location.
The DBA insurance company will get what is called a Labor Market Survey. Which is a report stating jobs that are allegedly open, available and suitable for you considering injuries, disability, education, training and such.
You MUST actually apply for each of the jobs and be ready to prove you applied for each of the jobs. This will be the key evidence to winning your case. Not that you will actually get one of these jobs - that would be almost unheard of. Because when you apply for the jobs you will see that the “jobs” either were never available to being with, are not real jobs, or you are not qualified to perform the jobs. Nevertheless, you can’t prove that unless and until you actually contact the employer and apply for the job.
PTSD and the Defense Base Act Judges
Know this, DBA Judges have seen it all. They know. They have heard first hand about the terror. The absolute horror. This is our best advice. You be 100% honest about every singe thing. Don’t think the Judge will rule against you if they find out about bad stuff about you. It is our experience that if you are honest, the Judge will rule in your favor.
Nobody likes someone that lies to them. Do you?
The DBA Judge will be willing to forgive just about everything - as long as you are rock solid honest about everything.
We stand up to the Defense Base Act insurance company that is trying to keep you from getting needed medical treatment and compensation you deserve.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley