I was injured at Sea, What can I do?

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Accidents are never planned and when they happen they may leave you with permanent damage or a disability that makes it almost impossible to work with. If your injury is minor you will still be out of work for at least a week. If you are injured at sea you may not receive emergency treatment until you reach land. This may have an affect on how well you heal from your accident. If you are injured at sea you need to know what to do.

Medical Attention and Documentation

As soon as you are injured it needs to be reported. It’s crucial to document the injury and what happened leading up to the injury. It’s also important to seek medical attention immediately. An injury may have a delayed affect on you. For example you may go into shock or you may suffer from an internal bleeding.

Because you are at sea you may not be able to seek medical attention immediately. You will need to wait until you reach land before you can be treated. You will need to care for your injury until then. It’s important to find the first aid manual for treatment. If possible document the injury. Tell what you were doing when the injury occurred and what happened afterward. You will need to keep track of every detail. If you are unable to write the details down record it on tape or have someone else write it down so you can keep track of everything that has happened and everything that is being done.

As soon as you reach land you need to seek medical attention immediately. Medical records are legal documents that can be used when or if you need to take your case to court. After seeking medical attention you will need to talk with a lawyer that specializes in maritime injuries, especially the Jones Act. This act protects an injured worker at sea so they can be compensated for their injuries and for the time lost from work due to their injury.

Once you contact your lawyer you need to set up an appointment. Be sure to provide all the documentation regarding your injury that you have made since you were injured. You will also need to obtain a copy of your medical records for your lawyer to review when looking over your case.

If your employer contacts you about settling do not sign anything. Listen to what they have to say and then report it to your lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to direct you in the right path. If the offer or settlement is acceptable your lawyer will instruct you on what to do further. If the settlement is not acceptable you will probably need to take your case to court in order to get the compensation you need and deserve. Your lawyer will be able to explain everything to you and help you decide which way to go so that you get the money you need to cover all your medical expenses and lost wages due to your injury.

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