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Avoid These Three Major Mistakes—Then Look for Legal Assistance With Your DBA Claim


The 3 Biggest Mistakes Folks Make In a DBA Case

There are a lot of mistakes that victims can make during a Defense Base Act (DBA) claim—so many that it’s often confusing just keeping even the most basic do&s and don’ts straight. If you are feeling overwhelmed and unsure as you pursue an injury claim under the Defense Base Act, don’t panic. Avoid these three critical, but common, mistakes:

Mistake #1: Giving a Recorded Statement

Although the insurance adjuster may tell you that it’s a routine part of handling your DBA claim, victims generally do not have to give a recorded statement. If you do make the mistake of giving an unnecessary recorded statement, it is unlikely to help your claim, and your statements could be twisted and used against you.

Mistake #2: Giving a Written Statement

The same warnings go for any written statements—even those tucked away in the documents you receive. Ultimately, it’s important that you just stick to reporting the facts, and avoid signing any documents you don’t fully understand.

Mistake #3: Giving Access to Your Medical Records

You may be asked to sign a medical release, which authorizes the DBA insurance company to access your medical records. However, the insurance company usually does not need your full records, and it’s best to limit how much of your private medical record they have access to.

Ultimately, the long and short of it is that you should avoid giving any unnecessary information, and you should always stick to the simple facts of your situation. If you are worried about protecting your rights, or if you believe you may have already made a mistake in your DBA injury claim, contacting an experienced attorney means having an ally to help you avoid further mistakes and help protect your rights. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.  


Take the time to research your case. The more homework you do, the better your case. Order my FREE book, Win Your Defense Base Act Case It is full of useful information when it comes to your injury and the Defense Base Act System.

Also you can check out my podcast at DBAradio.com where i cover important DBA issues.


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.

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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