Avoiding mistakes with my Defense Base Act Case
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Defense Base Act Lawyer - Bill Turley
I’m a DIY person.... no problem
If you’re like me, you have a garage full of tools and stuff (my wife calls it junk). You need something done, no problem, you’re a DIY type person.
Meaning “Do It Yourself.” You probably have a “can-do” approach. That’s great in life. But maybe not so great with your DBA case.
Over the years I’ve seen well-meaning folks try and DIY their Defense Base Act case. Usually they’re calling my office after things have gone to hell in a handbasket. Sometimes so bad that their case can’t be fixed. Sometimes we just can’t get humpty-dumpy back up on the wall, so to speak. Not always. Sometimes we can put their case back to together again. Again, not always.
If you’re thinking about DIY’ing your own DBA case I strongly suggest you do two things. First, you IMMEDIATELY get my 5 Star book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case. You can buy it here on amazon.com or you can get a free copy here.
Second, I suggest you check out this article on the Top 10 DBA Questions (see Questions 2, 3, 4, and 6....).
Not to put damper your DIY spirit, but ...
The 3 Biggest Mistakes Folks Make In their 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 or a written 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.
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.
Here is a great article on why you shouldn't give a written or recorded statement.
Mistake #2: Talking to the DBA Insurance adjuster
This is never a good idea. Invariably you are going to say the wrong thing, say it the wrong way, or omit to say something that will result in the insurance company attacking your credibility. Depend on it. It's a "tails I lose, heads you win" scenario.
Here is a great article on why you should not talk to the DBA insurance adjuster.
Mistake #3: Giving Access to Your Medical Records / signing a release (form)
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.
Here is a great article on why you should not sign an DBA insurance forms and/or releases.
Mistake # 4: Hiring the wrong DBA Lawyer
Your problem is that there are a whole lot of fancy, impressive websites out there by lawyers calling themselves "Defense Base Act Attorneys" that really don't know much about these cases and/or area of the law. Or folks think that they really need a local lawyer and they hire someone based upon them being close to their home, rather than their experience handling Defense Base Act cases.
All sorts of things can go wrong if you don't have the right lawyer. There are some very good DBA lawyers out there, the problem for most folks is that they don't know how to find the best DBA lawyer. I cover this in my free 5 Star book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case.
Why you shouldn’t do anything until you read my book - Win Your Defense Base Act Case
I strongly suggest that you don’t do anything regarding your DBA case until you read my book. In fact, many of the reviews on amazon.com will tell you the same thing. There is a reason for that. It’s because you need to know about the ways the DBA insurance company is going to try and trick your and trap you before you make one of these case ending mistakes.
Click here for the dozens of 5 Star reviews on amazon.com.
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.