What should you do if you are injured offshore?

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If you work offshore and you have been injured you may not know what you need to do. You need to seek medical attention immediately in order to minimize the severity of your injury. You need to report your injury to your immediate supervisor which will get you the help you need. When an injury takes place at sea you may not have instant access to emergency medical attention as quickly as possible. You should take care of your injury first.

 Next you need to document all events in the order they happened. Start by documenting your work area. Was there a hazard? Was someone not doing their job right? Did you report anything to your supervisor? You will also want to document your accident as it happened. What you felt and what the area looked like when you were injured.

 After your treatment for the injury you will need to find a lawyer who can represent you. If your injury was very severe you may not be able to return to work anytime soon and you will rely on the money you get from the company for your injury that occurred on the job. You may not be aware of how expensive an injury can be. You will not only have doctors’ visits but emergency room care, hospitalization, x-rays, tests, therapy to help you recover from your injury, and possibly surgery. You will also need to keep paying your personal finances that you generally use your wages to pay. This is why you need to be reimbursed for all your time off.

 A lawyer can help you file the proper paper work in order to get the money that you need to pay for these expenses and to give you a little bit extra. Your injury should not cost you out of pocket.

If your injury was due to negligence of the company you can count on the lawyer asking for extra money in order to compensate you for their mistake. Your injury may take a months or it may take years to recover. It is important that you keep all your medical appointments in order to speed up your recovery process.

If your employer calls you requesting that you come in and sign some papers,you should first talk to your own lawyer. You want to have the advice of an independant lawyer before signing any papers. Sometimes companies will look for a way out of paying for your injury. Your lawyer can make sure that the company doe not get away with it and you get what is owed to you.

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

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