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Hurt or Injured Offshore and Being Treated Unfairly by an Employer?
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The company that you have put so many years of service to has now turned their backs on you because you were injured while working. They may be denying that your maritime injury claims are severe, or they may be denying that the injury even happened. They may even claim that your injuries are all related to a prior or pre-existing condition. If your employer tries to settle your claim right after you are injured, and you are considering an offer from your employer, you may need to consult with a maritime injury attorney before agreeing to anything.
The Insurance Company Wants to Settle Your Claim
The insurance company wants the employer to hurry up and settle maritime lawsuits because every day that you are covered under their policy the more money you can cost them. You are a liability that they cannot afford. Everyone knows that going to a doctor is very expensive and if the doctor sends you for tests, a specialist, treatments, or even for surgery due to your injury on the job the company will need to pay for it.
Unfortunately an employer may use your trust to their advantage, especially if you have worked with them for so long. They know that you will probably believe what they say and sign papers or give a recorded statement that will release them from any more responsibility. They may do this in a way that you don’t even realize what is going on.
A lawyer that is experienced in maritime injuries will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. They know what tricks that a company may use in order to get out of paying for the injury. If you are considering a deal that your employer has offered to you recently you owe it to yourself to meet with a lawyer first to see if this deal sounds fair. If your injury was not severe and you plan on returning to work as soon as you are released from your doctor the settlement may be enough but if you are seriously injured while working you will need to let a lawyer represent you in order to receive what you and your family deserve.
If your company calls you to give you a hard time you want to keep a good written record of what they said. Most of the time, their settlement will not be fair to you. It will only save them more money. Most of the time it is not a good idea to settle but every case is different so your settlement offer may be unique.
You didn’t plan on becoming injured when you left for work that day but it happened. Your employer should not give you a hard time about an injury. If anything they should be fair to you and your family.More info: For more information about the Jones Act, maritime or offshore injuries, contact Doyle Raizner LLP