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Common Mistakes in a Maritime Injury Case

Many thousands of Houston-area residents work in a maritime industry such as cargo shipping, dredging, oil or chemical handling, or cruise ship tourism. These industries provide essential services to our society, workers can be required to spend a lot of time away from home, and those working on sips can often work dangerous jobs. If you have been injured while performing maritime work, you will need a skilled and experienced Houston maritime injury case attorney to help you navigate the complex legal process that is necessary if you hope to recover financial damages and not make mistakes during the legal process.

It can be overwhelming to determine what options you and your family have as you recover from an accident. For this reason, it’s strongly encouraged to call the experienced Houston maritime lawyers of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.

Contact us today at (281) 283-8500.

Seek Proper Medical Attention as Soon as Possible

If you have been injured in a work accident, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible. It’s understandable that this can be challenging if you are out at sea, or in another state where you traveled for work. In addition to the obviously benefits of medical attention in the event of an injury, other things that are important to note in these types of cases include:

  • Your doctor’s visits and medical records will possibly be used to show why you deserve compensation. Be sure to tell your doctor that your injury is related to a work accident.
  • You have the right to see a doctor of your choice. Do not let your employer talk you out of seeing your own doctor for a first or second consultation.
  • Paying for medical care can be difficult, especially if you are far from home. Do not let this prevent you from receiving the medical attention you need. You’re your Houston maritime lawyer if you have questions about how you can get medical attention after being hurt at work.

Failure to Properly Report Your Accident to Your Employer

If you are hurt on the job, it’s essential to properly report your accident and injury to your employer. An official report on their records should be completed soon after your injury. This report will firmly establish the date of your accident along with a description of what happened. This initial accident report will serve as the basis for your recovery claim, and it prevents your employer from saying that they didn’t know about your injury or when it happened. Your report should be relatively brief in its description of what happened to you. If you have not yet filed this report, your Houston maritime attorney can help you do this.

Do Not Give A Detailed Account of Your Accident Before Speaking With Your Lawyer

It would be a mistake to give a detailed account of your accident on the record for your employer’s lawyer or insurance company before speaking with your own attorney. Your employer’s insurance company will try to limit the damages that they pay you, and they might offer you some sort of compensation that is not sufficient enough to help you recover from your mounting bills.

Seek Unemployment Benefits Too Quickly

As attorneys with years of experience helping those hurt on the job, we understand how difficult it can be if you are hurt and unable to bring home a paycheck. Call your Houston maritime lawyer first before you seek to recover any type of unemployment benefits. This is important since certain unemployment agencies require you to sign a document that states that you are fit to work before they pay you benefits. Signing such a statement can make you ineligible for recovery in your workers’ compensation or Jones Act case.

Hiring an Unqualified Maritime Accident Attorney

Working closely with your attorney is essential in navigating the complex legal process that involves recovering compensation after you have been hurt in a maritime accident. If you have been hurt at work, an attorney can help you seek proper medical care, file the necessary documents on your behalf, and negotiate with other lawyers and insurance companies. However, many attorneys do not have experience with the many unique details and requirements of a successful maritime injury lawsuit, and they therefore may not know all of the damages to which you are entitled.

The Krist Law Firm, P.C., Knows How To Help You After A Maritime Injury

Being hurt at work can turn your life upside down. You may need months or years to recover, and you may experience mounting bills while also missing out work. Do not hesitate to contact an experienced and compassionate Houston maritime attorney from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. to help protect your rights and recover what is necessary to help you get through this difficult situation.

To speak with an attorney who knows how to help you after a maritime injury, contact us today at (281) 283-8500 for a free case consultation.