If you are a seaman or maritime worker who has been injured on a ship, barge, drilling rig, tug boat, or any other type of vessel or offshore structure, you need to obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Every accident and injury case is different so it is very important to discuss your situation with a lawyer who has extensive experience helping maritime workers recover all of the compensation they are legally entitled to.
David Willis has over 30 years of experience counseling and assisting injured seamen, crew members and other maritime workers. He represents employees coast to coast who have suffered serious accidents and injuries on or near the water. If you are worker who has been injured, Willis Law Firm recommends that you take the following steps:
- Complete an Accident Report. When you are injured it is very important to report your injury to the appropriate person immediately. You should complete and file an incident or accident report with your employer as soon as possible after your accident.
- Get Contact Information from Witnesses. Testimony from co-workers and other individuals who witnessed your accident may be needed later to support your claim. Be certain to collect names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers as soon as possible and definitely before you get off of the vessel. You can also ask these individuals to write a statement describing the incident and what the conditions were like at the time of your accident.
- Do Not Give Any Statements. Your employer may try to pressure you to give a recorded, written or sworn statement about your accident. You should never give any statements to your employer or an investigator until you have spoken with your attorney. It is important to know that these statements can be used against you later on.
- Get Medical Attention. If you have been injured or become ill in the course of your employment, you should seek medical treatment from a doctor of your own choosing. While your employer may try to force you or even drive you to see a company doctor, you have the legal right to be seen by your own physician. Company doctors will generally only perform the most basic exam, rather than ordering important and needed diagnostic tests and evaluations. Some employers want you to see the company doctor, rather than a medical specialist, because they – want- you to get back to work regardless of how serious your injuries may be. Your lawyer can help you find a qualified medical specialist who will give you an honest evaluation and assessment of your injuries.
- Always Talk with Your Attorney First. If you are an injured maritime worker, you should never try to handle the legal system on your own. The rules and procedures governing Jones Act injuries and general maritime claims can be very complex to navigate. If you fail to take the correct steps at the right time, you may lose important legal rights. When you are injured it is very important to choose an attorney who knows the ins and outs of maritime injury law. Your attorney should work one-on-one with you every step of the way, helping you get the medical care, compensation and other benefits you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.
Willis Law Firm Will Protect Your Legal Rights
It is important to understand all injury claims must be filed within a certain period of time. While most claims must be filed within three years, there are certain situations where your claim may need to be filed within one year from the date of your accident. If the statute of limitations has passed, it may be impossible to restore your legal rights. Attorney David P. Willis offers free, confidential consultations to workers who have been injured on the job nationwide. You can get in touch with Willis Law Firm today by calling 1-800-468-4878 or by completing our online contact form.