The first steps you should take as a seaman injured at work

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Commercial Seamen |

If you’re a seaman suffering work injuries, you might be in pain and worried about your health. Uncertainty about what steps to take next is natural. The trauma of the events that happened can certainly unsettle anyone in the same situation—but taking action after the injury is crucial, especially if you’re considering compensation.

Initial action plan when the goal is compensation

Taking control of the situation can help pave the way for you to secure compensation for medical bills and other expenses. This compensation can support a swift recovery. Here’s a brief step-by-step guide on what you should do to pursue this:

  1. Report the incident: The first step is immediately reporting your injury to your employer. This is crucial for establishing a record of the incident.
  2. Seek medical attention: Even if your injury doesn’t seem as significant, getting a medical examination is vital. A health care professional will document your injuries, which will be critical if you decide to seek compensation.
  3. Document everything: Keep a detailed record of the incident, your injuries and any subsequent medical treatment. This includes photographs of your injuries, names of witnesses and any correspondence with your employer or insurance company.

It’s essential to take these initial steps because they lay the groundwork for any future legal action. In taking these steps, you’re creating a trail of evidence that can support your claim. This can really help you increase your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.

What to expect after

After these initial steps, your employer or their insurance company may contact you. They might want to discuss your injuries, treatments and potential settlement. It would be best if you were cautious during these conversations, as anything you say could impact your claim.

This is where a legal professional can be beneficial. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies, protect your rights and help you seek the compensation you need on the road to recovery.