After suffering an injury at work on a military base, you’re worried about how you’ll be able to support yourself long term. Unfortunately, you’re not the only worker battling work-related injuries.
Research shows that more than 196,000 injuries in 2020 were so serious that they led to time off from work.
The great news is that you can file a Defense Base Act (DBA) claim, and you can hire a lawyer to help you with this process. Here’s a rundown on the process for hiring a DBA lawyer.
Let’s dive in.
Hire a Lawyer with DBA Experience
One of the most important tips for hiring a lawyer for your DBA claim is to select one with strong industry experience. The right lawyer will have a track record of victories, as this means your chances of receiving the benefits you’re pursuing are high.
Your goal with your DBA claim should be to receive medical benefits to cover your work-related health care needs. You should also pursue indemnity benefits, which are paid twice monthly.
In addition, depending on your case, you may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering. You might also get compensated for losing your income-earning capacity if your injuries are debilitating. In this situation, they may prevent you from returning to work long term.
Your attorney can help you to navigate the negotiation process with your employer to arrive at a fair settlement in light of the injuries you have sustained on the job.
Hire a DBA Lawyer with the Right Demeanor
When hiring a DBA lawyer, you’ll also want to choose a lawyer who exudes professionalism and kindness when you first meet them.
During your interactions with various attorneys, pay close attention to their attitudes toward you. If one appears to be especially empathetic and willing to protect your best interests, then this attorney may be the best choice for you.
The legal process is complex, so you’ll want an attorney you’ll be happy to engage with — and one you can trust.
Hire a DBA Attorney Who Fits Your Budget
Finally, be sure to ask your potential attorney what their fees are upfront. In addition, get fee information from at least three attorneys before settling on a specific lawyer.
Don’t begin your DBA claim filing process until you have confirmed their legal fees. Only if an attorney’s fees fall within your budget should you begin signing on the dotted line.
How We Can Help with Your DBA Claim
If you would like to hire a lawyer for your DBA case, be sure to choose a professional attorney with extensive experience and a fee that fits your budget.
At Barnes Law Firm, we have years of experience representing civilian defense contractors and interpreters who work overseas at US embassies and military bases. Whether you have PTSD or an injury, we can help you to attain the compensation you qualify for under the DBA.
Contact us to find out more about our legal services, and book a consultation today!