Sea Vessel Injury Tips

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Injuries aboard sea going and inland waterway vessels, ships and boats are a risk that workers take as part of their job. However, this does not mean it's part of the job description. Anyone injured aboard one of these vessels, or even working around these vessels should make sure the following steps are taken after an injury to ensure they are compensated properly for the damage done to them.

1. Seek Medical Attention

It is important to get medical attention immediately for any injury. Not only is this common sense, but it is important to establish the extent of the injury for any resulting injury case.

Seek out a doctor on your own, not just the doctor you employer recommends. Too often, employer will use doctors who have their best interests in mind, and not the injured party.

2. Gather and Keep any Evidence

Hold on to any evidence you can. This include bloody clothes, malfunctioned equipment, photos, etc. This will help your maritime injury attorney get the maximum amount of compensation available.

3. Injured People Don't go Back to Work

If you are in pain, don't force yourself to go back to work. Sometimes employers will insist that injured employees come back to work, so that they can establish that the injury was not severe enough to impact the injured persons ability to earn a wage.

4. Be Weary of Signing Documents

Injured persons are required only to make an oral report, or account of the incident. It is generally unwise to sign any document provided by an employer or insurance company before consulting with an injury lawyer.Always keep in mind that employers and insurance companies are going to tey to minimize their payouts for injuries, and are generally not looking out for the best interest of the injured person.

5. Consult with a Maritime Injury Lawyer

Almost every injury attorney will offer a free initial consultation, so it doesn't cost anything for an injured person to get professional advice regarding their claim. Additionally, should the attorney feel that compensation is due, they will generally take the case on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don't charge any fees unless the win an award for their client. Keep in mind, Jones Act and other maritime injury claims are different from more common personal injury claims, so find an attorney with experience in these types of cases.

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