Financial Insecurity after a Maritime Injury

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If you have experienced a maritime injury you may be out of work for a while. You may not know when you can go back to work and start making money again. Everyday your mail box gives you a small stack of bills that you take into your home and add to a larger stack that is beginning to accumulate quickly. You didn’t ask to be injured but now you are left with a painful injury that may or may not get better. Without your income the entire family will start to feel the strain. But you cannot go back to work with an injury.

When a maritime injury occurs you may worry about financial insecurity and wrongful termination. When you are injured you can no longer work to pay bills, pay your mortgage or rent, buy groceries, and more. Financial insecurity is common in any job without an injury but when you are injured you have no idea when you can make it back to work.

Because of the Jones Act you can receive payment for or reimbursed for your travel expenses, hospitalization, surgeries, tests, x-rays, and travel reimbursement to and from treatment. You can also receive payment for lost wages even if you are a seasonal employee. You may not be able to work full time but if you were injured you should be reimbursed regardless of your status.

After a maritime injury you may also worry about a wrongful termination. You never know when the employer will decide to open your position up and hire someone else.  It is illegal to terminate a Jones Act employee in retaliation for filing a claim or lawsuit. If you are feeling pressured into quitting your job you will need to speak to your lawyer about that. You should never feel pressured to sign any papers or terminate your position at work yourself.

You may not be able to avoid an accident but you can secure your finances by contacting a lawyer who specializes in Jones Act cases. They are familiar with maritime injuries and can help you get the compensation that you deserve. It’s not only enough to have your medical bills taken care of but you need your lost wages as well. A lawyer will help you get the compensation that you deserve.

It’s hard to tell if a employer will terminate your employment in order to hire someone else to take your place but if that happens you can report this to your lawyer and he or she will know that it is a wrongful termination and can help you with your case.

Remember to speak to your lawyer before making any decisions based on your injury. If you had not received an injury you would have continued to work without fail. The injury has changed your entire life and you want to get compensated fairly. Bills don’t stop coming in just because you are injured. You still need to pay them and you still need groceries and living expenses. Your lawyer will understand that.

More info: For more information about your Jones Act maritime injury claim, contact Doyle Raizner LLP

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