If you have been injured in an offshore accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, there are steps you must take to protect your legal rights. Learn what to do after being injured offshore from Jones Act attorney David P. Willis:
1. Report the Accident to Your Employer Promptly
When you get injured on the job, it is important to promptly report the accident to your employer. This helps to avoid questions about how and when you got hurt, and it helps to ensure that you will receive compensation as soon as possible.
Stick to the facts when reporting your offshore accident. Do not exaggerate any details, do not make assumptions, and do not misrepresent what happened. If you make false statements to your employer, this could jeopardize your claim for benefits.
2. Make Sure Your Employer’s Account of the Accident is Accurate
Just as you need to ensure that your account of the accident is accurate, you need to ensure that your employer’s understanding of the accident is correct, too. With this in mind, you should ask for a copy of the accident report and review it carefully. If anything is incorrect, or if any key details were omitted, you may want to prepare a written statement to put on file.
3. See Your Own Doctor
If you were injured offshore, you may have had no choice but to see your employer’s company doctor. However, once you get back to shore, you should also see your own doctor right away. Unfortunately, company doctors do not always have employees’ best interests in mind. As a result, you will want to see a doctor of your choosing for an independent diagnosis.
4. Make Sure You Don’t Go Back to Work Too Soon
Once you receive a diagnosis, you need to resist the temptation (or pressure from your employer) to return to work too soon. You are entitled to all of the rest and recovery time you need to heal properly.
5. Make Sure You Follow All of Your Doctor’s Advice
In addition to staying home from work (if recommended), you should carefully follow your doctor’s other advice as well. This includes everything from taking your prescribed medications to attending follow-up appointments as scheduled.
6. Keep Track of Your Medical Needs and Expenses
When you have an offshore injury claim, it is important to keep track of your medical needs and expenses. Keep all of your medical records and bills in a file, and do not hesitate to call your doctor’s office if you have questions.
7. Consult with a Jones Act Attorney Promptly
Recovering your losses after an offshore accident requires the help of an attorney who is experienced in handling Jones Act and other maritime injury claims. At Willis Law Firm, your initial consultation is free and confidential, and you pay nothing unless we help you collect financial compensation.
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Were you injured offshore? If so, we encourage you to promptly contact us to help you protect your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation with Jones Act attorney David P. Willis, call 800-468-4878 or get in touch online now.Share This