What To Do After an On-The-Water Injury:
The moments and days following an injury on the water can be overwhelming and scary for you and your family. Below are some common questions regarding injuries. Click the links below to read the answers to these questions or give us a call. We are always available to visit in person or over the phone about your injury.
What Types of Claims Are Available?
General Maritime Law
To prove your on-the-water injury case the following must be present:
- A vessel is involved
- The occurrence has taken place on navigable waters
- The occurrence bears a significant relationship to traditional maritime activity
To prove your offshore, on-the-job injury case the following must be present:
- The worker's duties must contribute to the mission of a vessel
- The worker must have a connection to that vessel or to an identifiable group of vessels ( a "fleet") that is substantial both in duration and nature
There are additional types of claims available to those who are injured on the water. If you have questions regarding what type of claim your injury is covered under and what you should do next, please call our experienced maritime attorneys today.
Have You Completely Recovered?
The days after an on-the-job injury are critical. Your employer might insist that you see a company doctor. The danger with that is that the company doctor could send you back to work before you are fully recovered. This could cause your maintenance and cure benefits to be canceled. However, maritime law gives you maintenance and cure until you are completely recovered. Our firm is experienced in dealing with employers to get you the treatment you need.
Maintenance is compensation to the ill or injured seaman from the vessel owner by way of stipend to cover costs associated with food and lodging, equivalent to that received on a vessel.
Cure is payment by the vessel owner of the ill or injured seaman's medical, therapeutic, and hospital expenses, until the point in time when the seaman reaches maximum medical improvement (MMI).
As a seaman you are entitled to maintenance and cure until you fully recover from your injuries. Our firm is experienced in navigating the murky waters of dealing with maritime employers and getting you the treatment you actually need.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
Each case is unique. The answer to this question depends upon the specific facts of your case. Important factors for evaluating your case may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost earnings
- Past and future pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Past and future lost fringe benefits
- Past and future disfigurement and physical disability
- Maintenance and cure
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In order to completely evaluate your claims and medical treatment, it is important that you speak with a maritime attorney who has the proper understanding of General Maritime Law and the Jones Act. The best way to determine the potential value of your case is to consult with one of our experienced lawyers who will listen to the facts of your case and discuss with you the potential value of your case.