When should I contact a maritime injury lawyer?

Chances are, if you are reading this article, you have sustained a maritime injury and don’t know what to do next. When an accident occurs offshore, it can be confusing trying to determine the right actions to take. You have your employer telling you one thing and an insurance company that is trying to make the accident seem like your fault. Fortunately, you do not have to handle the case alone.

After a maritime accident, there are usually investigators and attorneys involved. The vessel owner will do everything possible to show that they were not responsible for your maritime injuries. They will, along with their insurance company and investigators, try to catch you saying something that can be used against you when determining who was at fault. You may be asked to give a recorded statement or sign some paperwork. The goal is to show that they were not liable for your accident. Do not sign anything or give a recorded statement until you have talked with a maritime injury lawyer.

Any time you are injured in a maritime accident, you should consider consulting with a maritime attorney, even if you are offered a settlement. It is not uncommon for an injured seaman to be offered a settlement that is far below what the injuries are worth. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of. A lawyer can help ensure that you are treated fairly and given the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured while working aboard a tug, rig, tow, fishing boat or other vessel, you need to contact a maritime injury attorney immediately. There are laws that regulate the maritime industry and a knowledgeable attorney will be able to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact our law firm today, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The consultation is free and confidential.