One of the worst fears of any seaman is being injured while on the job. Most people fail to realize just how dangerous working on a boat can be. When a seaman is injured on a boat, they can rely on various parts of maritime law to ensure they get the treatment they deserve. Once a seaman is back on land, they will need to follow up with a doctor until they are deemed healthy enough to return to work. Among the biggest concerns you may have when injured on a boat is whether or not you will be able to use a doctor of your choosing for the treatments you need. Here are some interesting facts about seamen selecting their own doctor according to Jones Act law.
Choosing Your Own Doctor is a Right
The Jones Act clearly states that a seaman is able to choose their own doctor to administer the treatments they need following an accident. Regardless of what your employer may tell you, it is law that you are able to make this decision. If your employer tries to dissuade you from choosing your own doctor, it may be time to reach out to one of our attorneys for help.
Avoid Seeing a Company Physician
Often, the physician hired by a company will have their best interests in mind. This can be problematic when you are trying to get the best treatment possible. Ideally, you will want to see a doctor who can look at your injuries objectively and provide the right treatments.
Our Jones Act lawyer firm has handled many cases involving seaman being injured on the job. Contact us with any questions you may have or schedule a consultation. We will work hard to get you the compensation you are owed, following an accident at sea.