The Louisiana offshore injury attorneys at The Lambert Firm understand that maritime workers face serious scrutiny after an injury. Your employer will likely be pushing for a quick return to work and working hard to minimize the company’s liability in your accident. Workers often ask us, “What are my rights if I have been injured offshore?”
The truth is, injured offshore workers have more rights than they realize. The most important rights you have are:
The right to an attorney
Not only do you have the right to retain an offshore injury lawyer, it is in your best interest to do so as soon as possible after an injury. The Lambert Firm’s maritime attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid until you do. There is no up-front cost for our services.
The right to independent medical care
Some companies will encourage injured offshore workers to see company-affiliated medical practitioners. However, it is your legal right to go to the doctor or hospital of your choosing.
The right to have medical bills paid
When you are injured in an offshore accident, you have the right to compensation for medical bills that resulted from negligence on the part of your employer or another worker. In some cases, such as for employees who qualify under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, negligence is not necessary to have your medical bills covered.
The right to not talk
Many employers will try to get you to admit fault, sign documents that waive the company’s liability, or get you to agree to a quick settlement. Oftentimes, these settlements are much lower than what the law says you are entitled to. As an injured offshore worker, it is your right to not discuss your claim with your boss, the company’s attorneys, insurance adjusters or other company representatives.
The right to recover
Pushing for a quick return to work is another tactic we see in offshore injury cases. Workers who are seriously injured may be encouraged to return to the job before they are fully healed. They may offer to put you on light duty, or threaten you with the loss of your job if you don’t return to work when they demand it. It is your legal right to recover and heal under the care of your doctor, and not return to work until your physician has released you for duty.
Let Our Offshore Injury Attorneys Defend Your Rights
The New Orleans offshore accident attorneys at The Lambert Firm have been aggressively defending maritime workers’ rights for more than 35 years. We can help you, too. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights as an injured offshore worker.