If you have a Jones Act Injury, Your Employer Will Try to Minimize Losses

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If you have been injured in a job at sea you may be wondering where your benefits are. There are a few things you need to know about after your injury. You hope that your employer will take care of you if you are injured while working but this is not always the case. The employer does not always provide what they need to in order to compensate for an injury.

You will need to contact a lawyer if your injury was due to the negligence of the employer. Negligence includes a safe working environment, the proper training for you and all the other workers, supplying the appropriate tools to complete your job safely, and more. A lawyer will help you get the benefits that you need and deserve.

An employer may not want to pay for your medical bills or your lost wages due to you after an injury. They may try to stall any legal action which can delay your benefits even more.

Be Careful Using an Employer Doctor

If the employer has a company doctor you may not be able to trust his or her opinion. Companies sometimes contract with one doctor or clinic in order to offer their workers a discount on health care. The doctor may insist that your injuries are not as severe and you may be able to return to work. If you think that this diagnosis is wrong you need to contact a lawyer and get a second opinion.

Do Not Sign Anything

Never sign a document before talking to a lawyer, even if it seems like a simple cut and dry document. You may be signing a release that will free the employer of any liability including loss wages and medical payments. When a lawyer is present to read the documents before you sign them he or she can direct you on what to do.

It’s important to notify a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury to make sure that you receive all the benefits that are due to you. You do not want to give the employer the opportunity to minimize your benefits. A lawyer can make sure that your case is handled fairly. Even though your supervisor is someone you can trust you may not be able to trust the company that you work for. This is why it is important to seek representation as soon as possible.

A lawyer can also help explain some of the legal contracts and paper work that you may need to sign. Because you received an injury on the job you want to protect your rights to receive treatment for that injury as well as receive lost wages while you were out with an injury.

If your case goes to court you will need a lawyer that can represent you and knows about maritime injury cases. They have studied the law protecting workers at sea and they know what to do and when to do it. An on the job injury is something that you did not expect so why should you have to pay for it?

More info: When employers attempt to avoid Jones Act responsibility

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