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Getting injured at work overseas can be stressful, but it is important to always get a medical diagnosis and follow all treatment recommendations from your doctors. Failing to do so can jeopardize a claim for DBA benefits

If you are working overseas as a defense contractor, there are many risks of injuries, and an accident can happen at any time. If you are involved in a workplace accident, you should always seek medical treatment right away if you sustained injuries. Doing so is important to both your health and a future claim for Defense Base Act (DBA) benefits

Getting a timely diagnosis and following your medical treatment plan are both essential to a successful claim. If you need assistance with a claim or an appeal, contact our DBA attorneys directly. 

Your Initial Exam

You should go for a medical examination as soon as possible after a work-related injury. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the easier it can be to show that your injury happened due to an accident on the job. While doctors might perform imaging and other diagnostic tests, they will still rely on information from you to make a diagnosis. You want to ensure that you:

  • Are honest and accurate about your symptoms – do not exaggerate them, but do not downplay them either.
  • Even if a symptom seems fleeting or minor, discuss it with your healthcare provider. Something that seems insignificant might be a sign of a more serious injury. 
  • Do not speculate or guess when you answer questions. If you do not know what caused your injury, say so. Also, do not state that you are recovered unless a doctor states this is the case.

Your Treatment Plan

Once you have a proper diagnosis, your healthcare team should design a treatment plan. This can include many aspects of treatment, including:

  • Hospitalization 
  • Surgical procedures
  • Rehabilitation and occupational therapy
  • Medications
  • Using medical equipment
  • Home healthcare assistance

Even if you feel better, it is critical that you do not stop your medical treatment without the guidance of a doctor. 

Possible Impact on Your Claim

DBA insurers will try to limit your benefits whenever possible, as they are protecting their own profits. They often do this by challenging the severity of a claimant’s injuries and the extent of medical treatment needed. If you miss treatment or rehabilitative therapy appointments, or fail to attend follow-ups with specialists, the insurance company will assume that you are recovered, and that treatment is no longer necessary. If it turns out you do need further treatment, it can be that much harder to get benefits to cover your medical expenses. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations, which includes staying away from work if needed. Also, always have the right DBA lawyer handling your claim. 

Contact Our DBA Attorneys Serving Clients Nationwide

At the Mara Law Firm, we know it can be challenging to navigate the Defense Base Act claims process, especially when you are trying to focus on your physical recovery. We are ready to advise you on how to best proceed, and we help injured workers obtain the full benefits they deserve on a regular basis. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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