Take These Steps After an Offshore Accident
Offshore accidents can leave a person seriously injured and incapable of returning to their previous level of employment and daily activities. The personal injury attorneys of Waitz & Downer have represented countless individuals negatively impacted these types of injurious maritime accidents. If you are an off-shore worker and have been injured while on the job, there are certain steps you must take after an off-shore accident to protect your rights for compensation.
- Seek medical care. While certain injuries may not cause immediate pain or be apparent until a day or two after an accident, you must seek urgent medical care to be in compliance with unemployment compensation laws and to establish a record of medical assistance. If requested, allow medical personnel to take x-rays and other forms of medical imaging as there are injuries which may not be readily visible upon evaluation.
- File a report with your employer. Your employer will likely ask you to detail the events leading up to the accident and how the accident occurred. Be certain you either obtain a copy of your report or take personal notes about the accident.
- Take photos of your injuries. With certain injuries, physical presentation resulting from the accident may be delayed by a day and then worsen thereafter. Take daily photos with a timestamp to depict the severity and progression of the injury.
- Ask for a free case evaluation by an expert personal injury attorney. If your injuries are preventing you from returning to work or performing daily tasks and you feel your employer, the ship owner or a coworker was negligent or at fault for the accident, it’s essential for you to contact the personal injury attorneys of Waitz and Downer in Houma, LA, by calling 985-876-0870.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys of Waitz and Downer
As a result of maritime accidents, seamen often face extensive injuries, significant medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of future income and pain and suffering. At Waitz & Downer, we will work to get you the compensation you deserve for your offshore accident if another person or entity is responsible for the injuries you sustained while working aboard an offshore vessel. Schedule your free case evaluation with our offshore accident attorney today by calling 985-876-0870.