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Please contact our maritime accident lawyers, serving New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and surrounding Louisiana areas, if you've suffered an offshore injury.
The Young Firm
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2090
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Toll Free: (866) 920-8471
Local: (504) 680-4100
Facsimile: (504) 680-4101
If you are injured while working offshore or on the water, you are entitled to your choice of doctor. This includes your own choice of treating physician. The Louisiana maritime accident attorneys at The Young Firm in New Orleans (serving Baton Rouge) will tell you there are several reasons for you to choose your own treating physician if you have been injured while working offshore.
First, under maritime law the opinion of a treating physician is given significantly more weight than the opinion of a non-treating or consulting physician. This is extremely important. If the company chooses your treating physician for your offshore maritime injury, the company doctor may control the outcome of your case. A good maritime injury lawyer will tell you that your treating physician’s testimony will be very important at the trial of your maritime case. For this reason it is very important for you to choose your own treating physician. Maritime law allows you to choose your own physician and if your company tells you otherwise, you should immediately contact our maritime accident attorneys for assistance. Serving locations all over the Gulf Coast, The Young Firm has over 40 years vigorously protecting the rights of the injured.
Also, your choice of treating physician is very important since you must have all necessary testing performed in order to fully investigate your maritime injury. If you are sent to a company-chosen physician, it is very likely that the doctor will not immediately perform necessary testing to diagnose and treat your injury. Very often a company doctor will not want to charge the company for expensive testing which, in the end, may prove that you have been injured. Instead many company doctors will immediately return you to work rather than perform testing to rule out injuries. We believe it is just as important to ‘rule out’ injuries by performing testing as it is to confirm injuries through such testing.
It is extremely important if you are injured offshore or have suffered a maritime injury on the water that you have your choice of the treating physician. This doctor should be someone that you trust. If your maritime company is refusing to allow you to choose your own doctor, please contact the maritime accident lawyers at our New Orleans office (serving Baton Rouge and Gulf Coast locations) so that we can help you. We may be able to arrange for treatment and testing from a qualified, independent doctor.