The laws governing injuries to seamen and maritime workers are unique to maritime law. They are complex, and they offer numerous avenues for how to pursue a maritime law claim. If you are a seaman, or other maritime worker, and you suffered an injury in the course of your work related duties, you should consider reaching out to an experienced maritime attorney. In your search for an attorney, here are some things to in keep in mind.
Do not hesitate to speak with an attorney
Unfortunately, many employers and insurance companies try to take advantage of injured maritime employees. It is not uncommon to have a quick settlement offer that is far lower than the real value of the claim. Additionally, injured workers are asked to provide statements, fill out reports and sign documents, often when they are unwell and have not had time to process the situation.
Insurers will try to find ways to use the information they gain to challenge a workers’ claim regarding the severity or the cause of the injury. Speaking to an attorney early on in the process can help by giving you an experienced representative who can guide you through the process, and to protect your rights and to advocate for you.
Find an attorney with experience in maritime law
The laws governing maritime workers’ injuries are not the same as land based workers’ compensation. They are an area of law onto themselves, and you want to find an attorney who has plenty of experience working with these laws and handling maritime law claims. Your attorney will be able to know which of these laws apply in your case, and how to come up with a plan of action that is best suited to your needs.
Find an attorney you feel happy to have on your side
From the minute you report your injury, your employer and the insurer will be reviewing it to look at whether they can refuse it, or how to pay out as little as possible. This process can seem intimidating and unfair. By hiring an attorney you have someone on your side who understands the process and the laws at play, and who can step in to protect your rights. Make sure to find an attorney who you have confidence in.
Speak to the attorney and ask questions
You should speak with an attorney to ask questions about your claim. The attorney should be knowledgeable about your field of work and the equipment that is used in your job, and that might be involved in your claim. The attorney should also show interest in your claim, and be willing to take the time to understand your specific case and your concerns.
Prior to meeting with or speaking with an attorney, put together all of the relevant documents that you have, and make a list of questions so that you can give the attorney as much information as possible to effectively evaluate your claim, and so that you get the most out of your meeting.
Contact Stern Law, PLLC for A Free Consultation
At Stern Law, PLLC, we have compassionate and caring attorneys ready to work with you in order to find the best strategy for seeking compensation for your maritime employment related injuries. Contact Stern Law, PLLC today at (844) 808-7529 for a free consolation with an experienced attorney.