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If you need to file a DBA claim or appeal a denial, you want to find a DBA attorney who is right for you and your situation. Never hesitate to ask many questions to decide which lawyer is right for you.

There are many injury risks when you are working as a private defense contractor in a foreign country, whether you are working on or off a U.S. military base, you might be involved in an accident or experience violence that leaves you with serious and life-changing injuries. 

The Defense Base Act (DBA) provides benefits for workers in this position, similar to how workers’ compensation provides benefits for domestic workers. These claims can be challenging, especially when you are already focused on recovering from one or more injuries. This is why you should allow DBA attorneys to handle your claim for you and fight for full benefits. 

But how do you know which DBA attorney is right for you? 

Experience Handling DBA Claims

First and foremost, you want to find a law firm that regularly handles this type of claim. You would not hire a divorce attorney to handle your bankruptcy or business law matter and, likewise, you should not trust someone with your DBA claim who does not have experience with the process. Always inquire about the experience of attorneys with the DBA process. 

Furthermore, you want to make sure your lawyer has handled claims involving injuries like yours. This is particularly important if you sustained catastrophic or disabling injuries. These claims often demand much higher benefits than relatively minor injuries, and you want an attorney who knows how to make sure you have the benefits you need if you have lasting effects from your injuries and cannot work. 

You Connect Well With the Attorney

Your consultation with the attorney is not only for them to evaluate your case, but it is also an opportunity for you to get to know the attorney and determine whether their representation approach and style is right for you. Each person has different preferences, and you want to find a DBA lawyer with whom you can connect and communicate well. 

When you reach out for your initial consultation, have a list of questions ready to ask the attorney. These will vary depending on what is important to you, but some questions might include:

  1. How often will I get updates about my claim?
  2. How long does it take you to respond to questions I might have?
  3. What methods of communication do you use, such as texting, email, or phone calls?
  4. Will I be able to speak to you directly or have to speak with someone else in the office?
  5. How long do you think my claim might take?
  6. How involved will I need to be in my case?

Some people want to stay involved in their case with regular updates, and others want to forget about the process as they focus on their physical recovery and treatment. You want to find a lawyer who matches your communication style.

Do Not Wait to Consult with Experienced DBA Attorneys 

At Mara Law Firm, we represent clients from all walks of life in DBA claims. To learn more about our firm and legal team, please call (619) 234-2833 or contact us online today.

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