What to Do if You are Injured While at Sea

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If your job is located on the sea you need to be prepared in case of an injury. An injury can occur at any job but when you get injured while working at sea you are probably not as close to a hospital or emergency room which can delay the proper treatment of your injury. This delay may have permanent consequences that you will have to live with.

If you have an injury at sea you will need to file a claim if you want to receive compensation for your injuries. You need to file a claim under the Jones Act. The Jones Act protects those working at sea due to the minimal amount of medical attention that can be received. Because the job is located out to sea it may not be covered under the states workers compensation.

What is the Jones Act, and Who is Covered?

The Jones Act protects workers on ferry boats, cruise ships, river boats, tug boats, oil platform, commercial workers, transportation workers or construction workers with job sites located out to sea.

If you have been injured at sea you need to collect the compensation that is due to you. It’s important to figure out what caused your injury such as defective equipment, not enough workers, inadequately trained crew, or poor ship conditions. If an injury was caused by unsafe conditions on the ship it can be labeled as negligence. This includes inadequate safety gear, unsafe working conditions, lack of medical treatment after an injury occurred, working in an unsafe work environment, not following or enforcing work safety rules, unsafe equipment used for work or not making the work area safe after being warned of these conditions.

Seek Medical Attention and Report Your Injury Immediately

You need to protect your rights and report an injury as soon as it happens. You need to have a medical professional treat your injuries as soon as possible. Gather names and contact information from everyone that witnessed the injury. When possible take pictures of the conditions. Determine if your condition was caused by something that could be prevented. If you don’t take care of these things as soon as you possibly can you may not find this information when you speak to your lawyer about your case.

It’s important to document your accident while it is fresh on your mind. If you are unable to write the events down have someone write it down for you or record it on tape. You need to do this as soon as possible so you don’t forget any details. Keep all information regarding your injury. Make copies; one for your records and one for your lawyer.

Talk to a Maritime Lawyer

Call a lawyer as soon as possible. Do not agree to any settlement or sign anything until consulting with a lawyer. Your lawyer will work with you to get the settlement you deserve. Find a lawyer with experience with the Jones Act. You want a lawyer that will fight for your rights and one that knows what to expect with injuries at sea.

More info: Maritime Injury Lawyers
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