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Tips for Filing Your Defense Base Act Claim

Tips for Filing Your Defense Base Act Claim

In this blog, our experienced legal professionals answer your questions about filing a Defense Base Act claim.

Question: I was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, did I have to be working at the time my injury for the Defense Base Act to apply?

A: If you have been deployed to a warzone, you do not have to be physically working at the time to be eligible for compensation under the Defense Base Act.

Question: What should I do after my injury?

A: It is crucial to document the event and your injuries by taking detailed notes and clear photographs. Make sure to keep this evidence in a safe place until you are able to speak to an experienced lawyer. You also need to report the injury to your supervisor. Make sure you inform your supervisor in writing so that the insurance company can’t claim you failed to provide notice of your injury.

You will also need the names of anyone who witnessed your injury. You should get their phone numbers, addresses, and e-mails too.

Question: Can I choose my own doctor?

A: Although the insurance company might suggest a physician, you are allowed to choose your own doctor for your treatment. You should keep a diary of all the medical treatment you received overseas. You will also need copies of your medical records from overseas and a summary of your treatment.

Question: Do I need to give a recorded statement to the insurance company?

A: Do not speak to the insurance company without first consulting with a lawyer. Your statements can be used to deny your injury claim.

Defense Base Act Claim Attorney

Have you suffered an injury while you were deployed overseas? Do you need help with your Defense Base Act claim? Our legal team is here to assist you and guide you through each step of the legal process. We can review the details of your case and build a strong legal strategy to pursue the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Call (210) 807-3178 to set up your free consultation with a San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyer.


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