The Truth about Offshore Injury Claims

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If you work offshore and you receive an injury you will want a lawyer that can handle your case. You want to find a lawyer that is well experienced in maritime injuries. These cases are very complicated and that is why you need to seek only the best.

Offshore claims can be from Longshoremen, Seamen, and offshore workers in oil and gas. These workers may be exposed to many conditions that can cause injury, illness, or death. Not all companies will treat their workers fair after an injury occurs. They may also intimidate workers who have been injured so they won’t seek a lawyer to represent them in a case. That is because a case can cause the company many thousands, if not millions, of dollars.

These claims are very complicated but they can be won if you have the right lawyer working your case. While lawyers have their own area of expertise it’s important to find a lawyer that specializes in offshore injury claims. These claims may take some time to appear in court because there are so many complications associated. You will need to prepare a file with all the papers that are associated with your injury in order to give your lawyer that appropriate paper work to help him or her build a case for you.

Your lawyer needs to be experienced in this field or else you will not get the compensation you need and deserve. You need compensation for all your medical expenses as well as your lost wages while you are out of work. Your lawyer must also know the difference between the Jones Act and Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. It depends on what your position is on what benefits you will receive. If you are a Seaman stationed on one ship or a fleet of ships at all times when you are injured you will receive more benefits then if you were working on no certain ship.  

If a death occurs while working at sea the benefits will go to the widow or survivor. You are entitled to your weekly wages while you are recovering from your injury at work. If the company that you work for doesn’t want to pay you for your injury you will need to consult with a lawyer to decide your next step.

If you have been injured you do not want to sign any papers without the advice of your lawyer. You may not fully understand the document in which you are signing which can mean that you relinquish your rights to receive benefits for your injury.

More info: For more information about offshore injuries, contact Doyle Raizner LLP

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