If you work in the maritime industry, you are fully aware that the work is dangerous. You realize that all it takes is a single mistake for you to end up in a serious accident.
Unfortunately, it’s the mistakes you may make after your injury that could cost you financially. When you’re hurt, the benefits and compensation you may be due could be the only thing protecting your future.
How can you make sure you get the benefits you are due?
Maritime injuries typically fall under complex areas of the law, like the Jones Act, and you may have additional rights and benefits. To best protect your interests following an accident:
- Inform your employer of your injury or illness. If you have an accident, your employer may be immediately aware of your situation, but don’t count on it. As soon as practical, make sure that you inform your employer of your condition.
- Get medical attention. The only thing more important than informing your employer is seeking immediate medical attention when you need it. Even if you believe your injury isn’t that serious, get it checked out. Should your condition worsen, that medical documentation could be key to your claim.
- Start gathering your records. Medical records, work records, photos of your injuries and the names and contact information of any witnesses can be invaluable to you in the future.
- Talk to an experienced maritime attorney. Don’t post about your incident on social media, discuss anything with your boss, give statements to the insurance company or sign any documents before you have a legal advocate on your side.
Our website has extensive information about your rights after a maritime injury. Please continue reviewing it to learn more or reach out to us today to make an appointment.