Most personal injury firms are made up of individual lawyers. They may get help from others, such as field experts or investigators, but it’s not often that they keep those resources in-house. The Carlson Law Firm maintains a team of professionals that includes more than 40 experienced lawyers, as well as full-time registered nurses and three investigators. Our team of Maritime Law Attorneys is known across the nation for their successes.
Working aboard ships is a risky and demanding occupation. While many offshore injuries are caused by heavy equipment and dangerous machinery on board cargo ships, fishing boats, tugs, barges, drilling rigs and other maritime vessels, an offshore worker must also be careful of the hazardous chemicals being transported on on tankers and barges.
The risk of suffering these injuries is greatly increased when employers and other workers are negligent in their duties. At The Carlson Law Firm, our experienced offshore injury attorneys have helped workers hurt in many different types of offshore accidents across the nation. We understand the pain and suffering you are experiencing and we want to help.
Step 1: If you become injured while working aboard a vessel at sea, or one that is moored at a dock, your first step should be to report your injury to your captain, employer or senior officer. Federal regulations give you a seven-day window to report a work-related injury for Jones Act claims, but it is best to do it as soon as conditions allow. Do not try to stay on duty, this can be used against you during the claims process.
Step 2: Seek medical attention. Even if your injury seems minor at the time of the incident, it is best to see your doctor, emergency medical personnel or your ship’s medical officer. Make sure you keep any documents showing your injury and proof of any treatment you receive.
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