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Please contact the maritime injury lawyers at The Young Firm, serving New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and other Louisiana locations.
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
You have the right to immediate and proper medical treatment if you have received a maritime-related injury while working offshore or on the water. Under the Jones Act your employer must provide immediate medical treatment if you have suffered a maritime injury. The maritime injury attorneys at The Young Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana (also serving Baton Rouge) highly advise seeking immediate medical treatment from your choice of treating physician. This is important for several reasons.
When employees delay treatment, the company will later claim that the employees must not have been injured since they either delayed treatment or were willing to keep working. Maritime companies will very often delay or deny medical treatment, hoping that the injury will simply go away. Many clients of our Louisiana maritime injury lawyers were discouraged from seeking medical treatment for offshore injuries because the company said it may cost them a safety bonus, or result in a lost time accident. Your health is too important to delay treatment for a single safety bonus.
Very often the doctor reports and the forms you complete when you see the doctor can serve as an accident report. You can use these medical records to prove how your injury occurred if you properly document the accident when you receive this treatment. Most doctors allow you to complete a form stating how your injury occurred. You can state in your own words what happened and why the company may have been at fault.
If you do one thing after being injured offshore, make sure you receive medical treatment. As a maritime worker it is very important for you to receive immediate medical treatment for offshore injuries. You should insist that your employer bring you to a qualified physician of your choice.
Please call the maritime injury lawyers at our New Orleans office (serving Baton Rouge and other Gulf Coast locations) if you have any questions regarding your right to medical treatment under maritime law.