Do I Need a Lawyer for my Offshore Injury Claim?

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Suffering an on the job injury is serious. It can affect the way you live the rest of your life. An injury can cause permanent disability making it impossible to return to work in your same position. You may find that bills are starting to come in and now you have no money to pay them with. When an injury occurs on the job you are entitled to receive benefits for lost wages and for all your medical expenses.

How Your Job Will Handle Your Injury

As soon as you are injured the company will contact their risk manager or insurance company. That insurance company will assign their case to an insurance adjuster. The adjuster will do whatever they have to do in order to save the company money. They will try to contact you to negotiate your settlement in order to close the case. These adjusters are prepared to make you look like the bad person trying to get money from the company. They will search and investigate to find even the smallest chance of making you look bad in front of the courts so you don’t receive any money.

The Need for an Attorney Changes with Seriousness of the Injury

If you have a minor injury then you may want to hear what they have to say when they contact you but never agree to anything. You need to consult a lawyer first. Your ultimate goal is to return to work. If you are going to represent yourself make sure you are prepared for anything. A lawyer will most likely give you a free consultation in order to talk with you regarding what you can expect. You may choose to use their services or represent yourself.

But if your injury was serious you may want to find a lawyer that has the experience of working with the Jones Act and Maritime cases. You may not want to represent yourself in a serious injury case because if something goes wrong it may ruin the chances of getting the money you deserve. They lawyer that you choose will know how to get the money you need and deserve due to your injury.

Some Tips if You Choose to Handle Your Own Claim

If your injury is minor and you expect to be back at work after a short recovery time you can represent yourself until you get back to work. In fact hiring a lawyer may be more costly then what you actually get out of your settlement. You will need to take care of all the necessary paperwork yourself when you do not hire a lawyer.

1. Keep a File of all Your Records

In that file you will want to keep a copy of the accident report that was filed by you and your company. Get statements from everyone who saw the accident happen. As the medical bills start rolling in you will want to keep them in the file. It’s your responsibility to contact the insurance company regarding your story.

2. Include Statements from Witnesses

You will want to include a copy of all your paperwork that you have gathered so far including the statements from all your witnesses. You need to also include the total of your medical bills, the total from your lost wages and send them a bill so they can reimburse you for your injury.

3. Give Your Company a Deadline

You will want to give them a deadline to reply back to you. If by the deadline they have not contacted you then you will want to consider hiring a lawyer to take on your case and get you the compensation you asked for.

More info: For more information about maritime injury claims, contact Doyle Raizner LLP

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