Working on vessels, in harbors, and on oil rigs can be back-breaking work and also dangerous. It is not uncommon for maritime workers to suffer a burn injury due to explosion or fire as well as other serious injuries due to operating heavy machinery. When you are injured in a maritime accident, you may be confused about your medical rights. You may be approached by your employer or the insurance adjuster of the company, asking you to sign forms that may be difficult to understand. It is important to seek legal counsel when you are injured in a maritime accident. At Cueria Law Firm, we can help you navigate the legal aspects of your injury, helping you to avoid making decisions that could lead to no compensation for your injuries.
Our New Orleans personal injury attorneys are well-versed in maritime law and can help you navigate the process of post-accident medical care. We have helped injured maritime employees in the past who were seeking compensation due to injury while on a vessel or oil rig.
Knowing Your Rights
As an injured maritime worker, you must know your rights. To avoid paying compensation, an employer may ask you to sign documents, see a particular doctor or to give a recorded statement. To ensure you have the ability to file for compensation, consult our attorneys first. Most of your offshore rights during an accident center on medical care. When an accident occurs, you will have medical expenses, loss of income as well as pain and suffering. The assessment by the doctor will help to determine the amount of compensation you are provided.
You have the right to choose your own doctor for your injury. Your employer may try to tell you otherwise. You should see a doctor that you feel comfortable with and trust to handle your healthcare needs. Your employer does not have the right to tell you to see a particular doctor.
You also have the right to refuse to sign paperwork by an insurance adjuster of the company. You may be visited while in the hospital by the company insurance adjuster and asked to sign paperwork. You do not have to do this. The benefits you will be provided are dependent on the injury assessment by the physician. You should always be wary of signing any paperwork when subject to an injury in the maritime industry. Our attorneys can review any paperwork you are provided to help you better understand your legal rights and what you should or should not do.
As part of your medical rights, you are also not required to give a recorded statement. You have the right to medical benefits despite how is at fault for the accident. These are just a few of the rights that you have as an injured maritime employer. It is important to understand these rights in case you are involved in an accident so that you can file for compensation if the option applies to your case.
When it comes to your rights during a maritime accident, Cueria Law Firm can help. Contact our office when an accident occurs so you have the right representation behind you.